Structured Workplace Learning

Posted: 17th Aug

The Murray Mallee Local Leaning and Employment Network (MMLLEN) manages the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) portal for this region and currently has 130 businesses and organisations listed as potential hosts for students to undertake SWL - www.workplacements.education.vic.gov.au

 What is SWL?

Structured Workplace Learning is on-the-job training where students are expected to learn skills and competencies related to a particular course. It may be suitable for students studying VCE, VCAL or VETIS.

Why is SWL so important?

Many workplaces are changing rapidly and employers are struggling to find the right employees. SWL allows employers to contribute to the training of our future workforce.

What are the benefits for students?

Some of the SWL benefits for students are:

  • Improving employability skills, e.g. teamwork, communication, problem solving, time management and initiative.
  • Improving motivation to study or work.
  • Allowing students to try out career choices before leaving school.
  • Exposing them to the “real world” of work.
  • Improving their chances for part time and casual employment.

Here are some of our local employers who are great supporters of the SWL program:

Jacqui Richardson – Bunnings Swan Hill, Store Manager

Jacqui has been the Store Manager at Bunnings Swan Hill for over 4 years, after coming from a background in Education and Training. She takes great pleasure in assisting young people by hosting store tours, providing SWL work experience and employment opportunities and often offers employment.

Jacqui Richardson – Bunnings Swan Hill, Store Manager

Maree Milano – Vivid Swan Hill, Mallee Regional Manager

After 23 years of working in Disability, Maree still enjoys the challenges that each day brings. She believes that working in Disability is a great career pathway and she is keen for students to learn more about the field. “We want the students to learn and enjoy their time at Vivid” she says

Maree Milano – Vivid Swan Hill, Mallee Regional Manager

Warren Pryor – Swan Hill Power Products, Owner

Warren is 8 years into a career change from Accounting. He believes in helping students find out if there is a particular field that they enjoy, while at the same time he says that SWL gives him a chance to check out any potential recruits. In fact, on several occasions Warren has decided to employ students in the business after they have completed their SWL placement.

Warren Pryor – Swan Hill Power Products, Owner