WHAT ARE THE 'REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES'?
Learning opportunities are everywhere, not just inside classrooms. That's why the Big Picture Program enables opportunities for students to learn in the practical context of their interests or passions.
Depending on the student's personal pathway, real world learning can happen through Structured Workplace Learning or Academic Internship or Mentorship.
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) enables students to integrate their on-the-job experience and learning in a workplace with nationally recognised VET undertaken as part of the VCE, VCAL or Big Picture. SWL recognition is also available if they are undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT).
It provides context for:
• enhancement of skills development
• practical application of industry knowledge
• assessment of units of competency/modules, as determined by the Registered Training Organisation
• increased employment opportunities
Learning through Internship or Mentorship involves students taking up a placement 1-2 days per week in a workplace in an area of their interest. They work with a mentor – an expert in that field of work. Together, the student and mentor develop a project that is of benefit to the workplace and supports the student's learning at school.
See the video below for some examples of real world experiences undertaken by previous Big Picture learners!