Structured workplace learning

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Structured workplace learning provides students with the opportunity to integrate on-the-job experience with secondary study. It is delivered as part of either the VCE or the VCAL, VCE Industry and Enterprise or VCAL units. It provides:

  • enhanced skill development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competency
  • achievement of some learning outcomes for VCE studies or VCAL units
  • enhanced employment opportunities.


All arrangements must comply with Ministerial Order 55 and the accompanying arrangement forms must be used.

Learning manual and forms

SWL Statewide Portal ​

The Department has established the SWL Statewide Portal, a website which provides students and teachers with a single, easy to navigate, information and referral point for structured workplace learning opportunities offered by a diverse range of employers. Searching on the portal can be done by location, industry or VET certificate. If you are a student or teacher looking for structured workplace learning opportunities, see SWL Statewide Portal.

The 31 Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) have been funded to facilitate student access to structured workplace learning placements which are tailored to local priorities and employment opportunities. To find your nearest network, see Local Learning and Employment Network.

Occupational health and safety

Principals must be satisfied that a student is either undertaking or has completed occupational health and safety (OHS) training prior to commencing structured workplace learning as follows:

  • Where a student is undertaking structured workplace learning as part of a VET program within VCE or VCAL, the principal must be satisfied that the student is undertaking or has completed the OHS training unit of competency within the VET program.
  • Where a student is undertaking structured workplace learning which is not part of a VET program, or structured workplace learning which is not related to their VET program within VCE or VCAL, the principal must be satisfied that the student has completed an OHS program required by the Department as follows:
    • If the student is undertaking VCE Industry and Enterprise, they must complete safe@work
    • If the student is undertaking VCAL, they must complete Work Related Skills Unit 1 and safe@work

To access OHS resources, see Occupational health and safety.

Child safe standards

The child safe standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools to help ensure the safety of children.

Ministerial Order 870 requires the school governing authority to develop and implement risk management strategies. The strategies are to ensure child safety in school environments. School environments include workplace learning environments where students undertake work experience, structured workplace learning, school community work (volunteering) and school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Use these guides to help you comply with the requirements of Ministerial Order 870

Get advice

For assistance with queries relating to structured workplace learning arrangements, please contact the relevant organisation as outlined below.

School sector​Organisation​Contact details​
GovernmentLearning, teaching and pathways division, Department of Education and Training

CatholicCatholic Education Commission of Victoria​

Jenny Wilson

(03) 9267 0253​

IndependentIndependent Schools Victoria​

Pam Hargreaves

(03) 9825 7246​​