Workplace Learning

Endorsed Program – Workplace Learning (WPL)

Workplace Learning (WPL) is an authority-developed endorsed program which provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work.


It is a great opportunity for students to improve their workplace and employability skills whilst providing them with an opportunity to work in a range of industry areas.


To complete this endorsed program, a student works in a real workplace environment 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 a Workplace Learning Logbook.  The student must also provide evidence of their knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing a Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 110 hours of work placement each year.   Successful completion of hours and all associated logbooks and skills journals achieves unit equivalents towards student’s WACE achievement.

  • Less than 55 hours = 0 unit equivalents
  • 55 – 109 hours = 1 unit equivalents
  • 110 – 164 hours = 2 unit equivalents
  • 165 – 219 hours = 3 unit equivalents
  • 220 -+ hours = 4 unit equivalents

All students must ensure they have completed the following prior to going on work placement:

  • Workplace Learning Inductions – in class during weeks 1-5 of Term 1
  • Safety Awareness Training and White Card (if applicable) – this is a legal requirement for students who wish to do their work placement and the Building and Construction Industry)
  • SmartMove Certificates – 1 x General Module and 1 x Industry Area (choose one that may be your chosen career path).  Certificates to be emailed or handed to the Workplace Learning Coordinator in the VET Office.
  • Click here to access the SmartMove site to complete your certificate.

If the above is not completed the student may be considered ‘not work ready’ and
may not be permitted to attend Workplace Learning.

Students are unable to attend work placement outside of pre-determined dates as they will not be covered by Department of Education Insurance.


We encourage students to find their own placement.


Workplace Learning release day will be on Friday’s during Terms 1 – 4.  Thursdays may be considered by this is subject to approval by the Manager VET and Workplace Learning.


Students are required to attend on all pre-determined days and any absences due to illness must be explained by a medical certificate.  Students need to notify their Employer and the school Workplace Learning Coordinator via email or phone message by 8:00am on the morning of the absence or as soon as possible.


Students are expected to attend their school exams or attend courses that they are enrolled in at external training providers.  It is the student’s responsibility to advise their employer if they will be absence for either of the above reasons.

For further information please contact
the VET and WPL Team:

James Rogan

Manager, VET and Workplace Learning

Elizabeth Richards

Workplace Learning / Rural Operations Lecturer

Mel Adams

VET and Workplace Learning Support Officer