Report: Courtney Raye 

Now that you have completed Semester 1, it is a perfect time to start thinking about Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) opportunities.

SWL is where the real-world magic happens – it’s your chance to put your VET classroom knowledge into action, gain new skills, and explore potential career paths. 

Here’s how to get started:

Decide what you want: Think about the kind of job you’re interested in and where you’d like to do it.

Check out the school to work portal: for SWL, school-based apprenticeships, and work experience opportunities across Victoria.

Tap into your network: Chat with family, friends, and teachers – they might have connections or know of opportunities in your dream field.

Google it: Look up local companies or places you’re willing to travel to. Make a list of ones that catch your eye and jot down their contact info.

Reach out directly: Don’t be shy! Give those companies a call or drop them an email. Practise what you’ll say beforehand, and don’t forget to mention what course you’re studying.

Get support: Need a hand? Talk to Courtney the Careers & Pathways Leader. Whether it’s writing phone scripts, emails, or resumes, let’s tackle this together!

Stay persistent: It’s OK if you don’t hear anything or get a SWL right away – finding the perfect placement takes time. Keep applying, networking, and refining your approach.


Here’s some important information:

Minimum age for SWL is 15.

You can do up to 40 days of SWL each year, with no more than 20 days with the same employer.

Stick to normal working hours and avoid working late nights. Students are not permitted to work between 11pm and 6am.

Forms: Before starting your placement, you’ll need to fill out the following forms available from Careers & Pathways Leader Courtney:

Structured Workplace Learning Arrangement Form and Structured Workplace Learning Travel and Accommodation Form.

All forms are to be returned prior to SWL commencement.

Remember, this journey is all about growth and discovery. Be kind to yourself, stay determined, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need a hand or you can email