What Is Workplace Learning?

Providing young people with valuable "on the job" skills and experience

Workplace learning programs provide an opportunity for secondary school students to gain valuable "on the job" skills and experience through short on long term placements in the work environment.  Workplace learning aims to improve student learning, enhance student engagement and wellbeing, and support successful transitions from secondary school to further training and employment.

Workplace learning benefits a young person's development by:

  • Exposing young people to the world of work
  • Developing an understanding of the work environment, the industry in which the placement is undertaken, and of employers' expectations
  • Increasing self-understanding, maturity, independence and self confidence, expecially in the workplace
  • Enhancing opportunities for part-time and casual employment
  • Increasing motivation to continue to study or undertake further training

What workplace learning programs exist in Victoria?

In Victoria, secondary school students can currently be placed in the working environment under three different workplace learning programs:

Each program has a different focus, expectations and benefits, and it is important that all parties involved understand the differences between these programs. 

Click on the links above to find out more about each workplace learning program.

What is available to support workplace learning in your area?

The South West LLEN has been engaged by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) to faciltiate the "Workplace Learning Coordinators Program" for the South West LLEN region, covering the areas of Colac-OtwayCorangamiteMoyne and Warrnambool.

The Workplace Learning Coordinators Program is a statewide initiative the supports the facilitation and coordination of workplace learning placements for young people aged 15 - 19 years engaged in school based apprenticeships or traineeships, structured workplace learning or work experience. 

To find out more about this program please visit our Workplace Learning Coordinators Programwebpage.


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