The Structured Workplace Learning Program is a Department of Education and Training initiative designed to increase the opportunities for young people aged 15 to 19 years of age. It aims to improve their skills and workplace knowledge through "on the job" experience via Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) and School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SBATs).
The objectives of the Structured Workplace Learning Program are to:
- Increase the number of young people undertaking SWL and SBAT work placements in relevant places of employment, with an emphasis on industries that provide strong vocational outcomes.
- Increase the alignment between vocational education and training (VET) provision and local industry needs.
The program will contribute to:
- Improving opportunities for all young people to undertake workplace learning placements.
- Improving the quality of VCAL and VETiS programs through increased opportunities for young people to undertake SWL and be assessed in work-based contexts.
- Developing a "bank" of ongoing workplace learning placements.
- Improving the match between VET provision and effective student learning pathways.
- Promoting workplace learning to industry by improving industry understanding of the benefits to them.