Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Program

Structured Workplace Learning Program

What are the objectives of the Structured Workplace Learning Program?

The Banyule Nillumbik LLEN Structured Workplace Learning Program aims to:

  • Increase the number of young people undertaking Workplace Learning placements, including SBATs, especially in areas that provide strong vocational outcomes.
  • Increase the alignment of VCAL and VET provision and local industry needs.
  • Increase the number of Koori young people undertaking workplace learning.
  • Increase the number of students with barriers to learning and employment (such as individual support needs, cultural and language diversity) undertaking workplace learning.
  • Promote workplace learning to industry and small business to increase the understanding of the benefits of workplace learning to local enterprises.

Structured Workplace Learning Coordinators will work with educational providers, training organisations, local industry, small business and local government to achieve these goals.

What are the different types of Workplace Learning supported by this program?

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Senior Secondary School students undertaking Vocational Education and Training programs (VET), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject Industry and Enterprise can undertake a work placement in either one-week blocks or on a one day per week basis during their senior years. These placements are quite “hands on” and students are expected to undertake tasks in the workplace related to their course of study.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

Students can undertake a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship while they are still at school. This involves a combination of secondary school subjects, paid work and vocational training undertaken on or off the job. The training is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), with employment contracts and mentoring support facilitated by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN). The Structured Workplace Learning team have relationships with RTOs and AASNs all over the state so can help with the steps required to sign up a student into an SBAT.

What is the SWL Statewide Portal?

Launched in May 2016, the SWL Statewide Portal is an online resource, where the LLEN Network advertises quality placement opportunities sourced with local employers. It enables employers to define the tasks and duties students could experience in the workplace, along with the skills students may develop which align with their Vocational Training. The portal also helps school students to find and apply for suitable work placements with employers across Victoria.

Please click the link below to see the range of opportunities currently available on the SWL Statewide Portal.

SWL Statewide Portal

Case Study: The benefits of combining studies in Business and Health are evident for success in the 21st Century.

Local student Kayla from Catholic Ladies’ College came to the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network (BNLLEN) in 2018 to undertake an SWL placement as part of her Certificate III in Business. BNLLEN has enjoyed working with Catholic Ladies’ College (CLC) for several years, supporting students with their VET and VCAL studies through VCAL orientation sessions and finding quality structured workplace learning opportunities.

Catholic Ladies’ College is just one of twenty-three schools across the Banyule and Nillumbik region with whom we work with on SWL, which is focused on building providing hands on work placement experience, positive career development skills and outcomes for local secondary students.

While on placement at BNLLEN, Kayla impressed the LLEN so much with her enthusiasm for work, creativity and dynamic ideas that she was invited back to complete a second placement with the team. Kayla was an asset and taught us some new business tricks as well, due to her knowledge gained through studies in Business. During her placement with BNLLEN, Kayla also mentioned that she would be continuing her VCAL studies with a Certificate III in Allied Health the following year, and so BNLLEN were able to arrange for Kayla to complete a placement with our industry partner, Austin Health in 2019.

During her placement with Austin Health, Kayla was able to learn and demonstrate some hands-on skills, as well as seek advice from professionals in the health sector about pursuing her future career goals. Feedback from Austin Health and other industry members has been that combined studies in Business and Health are a very strong combination. With strong growth in the health sector there has been increasing demand for more health professionals, in both frontline areas (eg. Nursing) and with behind the scenes staff, such as Business, Human Resources, Information Technology and others. Combining Business and Health studies is a very smart move, and Kayla has positioned herself well to achieve her future aspirations.

Since completing Year 12 in 2019, with Certificates in Business and Allied Health to her name, Kayla is now pursuing future study with a Diploma of Nursing and is hoping to continue onto a Bachelor of Midwifery. Her experiences have demonstrated the value of having local partnerships in industry, as her placement at BNLLEN led to a placement with Austin Health where she was able to gain real industry experience in the health sector to help inform her future choices.

When asked if Kayla had any words of advice for upcoming students, she said “make sure that you take every experience that you can get, no matter how big or small, and to always maintain confidence in your own abilities”.

Would you consider offering a placement opportunity to a local Secondary School student?

We make the process simple for you. For more information please visit the SWL Portal's employer page or contact:

Alison Barton
Senior Project Officer
P | 0425 400 508
E | Alison@bnllen.org.au