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Benefits of SWL

Benefits for students

  • Improved understanding of the work environment and employers’ expectations.
  • Exposure to the world of work.
  • Increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence, especially in the workplace.
  • Increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.
  • Enhanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.
  • Opportunity to develop and gain work-related competencies.
  • Opportunity to acquire skills relevant to the workplace.
  • Opportunity to try out career choices before leaving school.
  • Opportunity to develop contacts with potential employers.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills and competencies related to the accredited course which they are undertaking.
  • Opportunity to undertake relevant courses which count towards the student’s exit credential and articulate into further education and training.


Benefits for schools

  • Improved knowledge and understanding of changing work environments.
  • A positive relationship between the school, local community and industry.
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively with parents in their child’s schooling.
  • Providing a relevant curriculum which helps students develop skills for life-long learning.


Benefits for parents/guardians

  • Opportunity to discuss with their child the topic of work, including their own previous and current experiences.
  • Opportunity to positively contribute to their child’s secondary education.
  • Opportunity for family involvement in discussions about further education, training and employment.


Benefits for the community

  • Provision of links between LLENs, Workplace Learning Coordinator (WLC) services, local government, industry, unions, and education and training providers, to maximise employment and training outcomes for young people.
  • Involvement of schools, training organisations and communities in collaborative projects.
  • Opportunity for young people to become actively involved in building the local community, especially in regional and rural areas.

Benefits for employers

  • Opportunity for involvement in the education and development of students.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of entry level skills in industry.
  • Opportunity to promote to young people the career potential of their industry.
  • Opportunity to develop the training and supervisory skills of employees.
  • Opportunity for employers to mentor young people in their career decision-making.
  • Opportunity to create dialogue with teachers on aspects of work readiness and other matters related to work.
  • Building industry-school partnerships that provide for local community needs and endeavours.
  • Encouraging students to become involved with businesses in their local community.