Principles of quality structured workplace learning
Quality structured workplace learning is integrated into a program that operates within:
- a framework which provides the opportunity for all students to access it (though not all students may choose to do so); and
- the context of vocational courses which are recognised by industry, are responsive to industry needs, and form part of a student’s exit credentials.
Quality workplace learning is structured, in that it:
- has a clearly articulated and documented purpose;
- has clearly identified and documented learning outcomes for students within accredited programs which are linked to post-school qualifications;
- is of sufficient duration and depth to enable students to acquire a reasonable understanding of the enterprise/industry to be able to demonstrate competence according to industry standards of at least Level 1 of the AQF;
- matches students’ skills and interests with the structured training; and
- thoroughly prepares students, teachers and employers beforehand so that expectations and outcomes of the structured workplace learning are clearly understood by all parties.
Quality structured workplace learning is monitored, in that:
- the learning is coordinated by staff with appropriate expertise and adequate resources; and
- support is available to students and employers throughout the course of the structured workplace learning.
Quality structured workplace learning is regulated, to ensure that:
- the health, education and moral and material welfare of students is protected;
- students work in a non-discriminatory and harassment free environment;
- students receive appropriate training and instruction in occupational health and safety;
- students are not exploited by being continuously engaged in a production or service capacity, or being used to substitute for the employment of employees or the engagement of contractors and payment of appropriate wages or fees for service; and
- students understand the roles and responsibilities of employees in the workplace and are expected to follow reasonable directions of their supervisors and other employees.
Quality structured workplace learning is assessed, so that:
- students’ competencies achieved in the workplace are measured against industry standards, and contribute to the overall assessment of the program; and
- there are mechanisms for recording and reporting of students’ competencies.