In line with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) initiatives and in consultation with stakeholders, Education Services Australia created a new framework in 2014 for the delivery of vocational learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET) to secondary students. Preparing Secondary Students for Work reflects modern schools and workplaces and recognises that the 21st century is driven by higher demands in the workplace due to changes in technology, globalisation and socioeconomics. Schools need to equip young people through workplace learning to gain workplace skills and an understanding of the workplace while still at school.
Schools develop programs which:
'Vocational learning is most effective when it provides opportunities for secondary students to have conversations with employers and people who work in industries they are interested in, as well as direct experience in workplaces. These activities help build the confidence of students that they are on the right track.’
(ESA, 2014 p. 12)
These procedures provide the basis for unpaid workplace learning programs for all eligible South Australian students when they are on work placement and not under direct supervision of a teacher.
The Workplace Learning Procedures is for use in all South Australian schools planning and implementing Workplace Learning programs.
Version 2.0 of the Workplace Learning Procedures was endorsed in August 2016, for use by schools in 2017. Workplace Learning Procedures Version 2.1 is intended for use in schools from Term 1 2020 and contains some minor revisions to update terminology, relevant Acts and procedures. More substantial changes were made to sections relating to child safety and Working with Children Checks and introducing a clearer process for documenting risk management.
Essential information contained in Child Safe Environments: Principles of Good Practice (2012, updated 2019) has also been included.