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Workplace Learning

6 Definitions

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Aboriginal School Based Training Program (ASBT)

A program that offers a starting point for Year 10, 11 or 12 students to develop skills for the workplace. Once these are developed, students may apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship in their chosen industry area. These will be school based (SBT or SBA or ASBT/ASBAs) if students are in Year 11 or 12.

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External Agency

A business or individual negotiated by the Department of Education, principal or their nominee, to provide a workplace learning service and/or expertise appropriate to a particular school activity. Examples may include an incorporated body (for example, Swan Education Industry Training Association Inc.), a Registered Training Organisation (public or private), a Group Training Organisation or a University that coordinates or delivers an educational program, or part thereof, to students as part of their school program.

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Any staff member employed under section 235 of the School Education Act 1999 who is nominated by the principal to act on behalf of the principal.

Non-teaching staff

Employees of the Department of Education who are employed at the premises of a government school and who are not members of the teaching staff.

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School Based Traineeship, Aboriginal School Based Traineeship And School Based Apprenticeships

Workplace learning programs that allow full-time senior secondary students to begin their (paid) apprenticeship or traineeship in Years 11 or 12, while also completing their Western Australian Certificate of Education.


Is an adult with the official task of overseeing other persons or groups.

Supervisory team

Is a group of adults with the official task of overseeing other persons or groups.
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An adult or organisation offering services or activities without remuneration for the services provided.

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Workplace learning

The placement of a student in a work environment as part of a Work Experience, accredited Workplace Learning, School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship program, or some School Apprenticeship Link programs.

Workplace learning coordinator

A role carried out by any employee pursuant to section 235 of the School Education Act 1999 or the Public Sector Management Act 1994, who is nominated by the principal to coordinate workplace learning for students enrolled in school-based programs. This role exists regardless of whether an external agency provides a workplace learning program service for the school or not.

Workplace learning management plan

A plan describing how the proposed workplace learning activity will be organised and managed to take account of the procedures set out in this document.

Workplace supervisor

An adult employee of a host workplace acting in a designated supervisory capacity for the student(s) in workplace learning at that site.

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Page last updated 01 June 2011

Workplace Learning