03 December 2020

Structured Workplace Learning

Article by Ms Kirsty Allan

Structured Workplace Learning

One aspect of the VCAL program is Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). Both our Year 11 and 12 VCAL students have the opportunity to participate in SWL. During Year 12, students are out one day a week (Fridays) for the duration of the year and Year 11’s are able to participate each Thursday in Semester 2. 

Obviously Covid-19 has had quite an impact on all of us, and it definitely put a hold on SWL placements during lockdown periods. However we were very pleased to have students head back out on placement during Term 4.

Some of our year 11 students have been unable to secure placement due to Covid-19 but those that have been able to, have taken a lot away from their experiences. It has been great to be able to visit students at the worksites over the past few Thursdays, which gives us the opportunity to not only see the student in the workplace, but to also talk to their employer.

During Structured Workplace Learning we see students actively engaging in their career pathways beyond senior schooling and there are a range of industries and businesses that students are interested in pursuing. It is so great to hear the positive feedback from employers and the students alike in relation to their work placement.

We are very grateful for businesses that offer to host our students, to the WAFE Coordinator Mr Bruce Connor and the College for supporting our VCAL students to have these invaluable experiences creating real world connections and experience before they complete their senior schooling.

Kirsty Allan  VCAL Coordinator