Workplace learning provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the workplace and obtain credit towards the WACE. Students are placed in an appropriate work situation and are required to maintain a formal record of workplace learning.
Workplace Learning is a SCSA Endorsed Program. Students do not receive grades but successful completion will receive two units equivalence. Workplace Learning enables students to develop and be assessed on generic industry based skills whilst in the work place. Successful completion of the hours & WPL Log book and Skills Journal count towards the WACE.
To complete this endorsed program, a student works in one or more real workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the workplace in the Authority’s Workplace Learning Logbook. The student must also provide evidence of his/her knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing the Authority’s Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace. Unit equivalence is allocated on the basis of 1 unit equivalent for each 55 hours completed in the workplace, to a maximum of 4 units. The total number of hours completed in the workplace is reported on the student’s WASSA.
The Workplace Learning endorsed program provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in, the core skills for work, often referred to as generic, transferable or employability skills. A student learns to apply and adapt the workplace skills that are necessary to understand and carry out different types of work, and that play a key role in lifelong learning.
Developing competence in workplace skills assists an individual to gain employment, and in the longer term, to progress within the organisation or industry area in which they are employed, and to contribute successfully to the organisation’s objectives and to the wider community.
The endorsed program is based on the skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. These skills are documented in the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, developed collaboratively by the Department of Industry and the Department of Education. The Core Skills for Work encompass the Employability Skills outlined in the National Employability Skills Framework.
The Core Skills for Work can be accessed via the website: www.innovation.gov.au/csfw.
The Workplace Learning endorsed program enables a student undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification to collect evidence of the attainment of units of competency relevant to their qualification.