Structured Workplace Learning

NELLEN’s Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program connects students across Indigo, Alpine, Towong shires and the City of Wodonga to work placement opportunities offered by local employers. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).

Work placements are a practical way for students to:

  • participate in employment
  • experience what it is like to work in an industry related to their VET studies at school
  • practise the skills they have learnt
  • engage with employers and the community
  • form new networks
  • gain real life experience
  • begin to gain an understanding of employer expectations.

The program also offers employers an avenue for building up the skills and capacity of their future local workforce.

Work placement opportunities for school students in North East Victoria are listed on the online SWL Statewide Portal at

Local employers interested in learning more about becoming a Structured Workplace Learning host can contact NELLEN’s SWL team on (02) 6056 0966, 0409 314 702 or email

If you would like to find out more about using the SWL Portal, this video, ‘Supporting Student Placements with Small Businesses’, shows teaching staff, students and SWL hosts discussing the benefits of using the portal and why they would recommend it to others.