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Workplace Learning

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The ACT Education Directorate assists schools in the implementation of quality workplace learning programs. The purpose of workplace learning is to provide guidance for students in the transition from school to working life and to enable students to test tentative career choices against the realities of the workplace. Workplace learning forms part of a student’s broad career development and can be linked to a specific course of study.

Work placements will help students to:

  • foster their personal career development
  • understand career and training pathways and the role of work in society
  • relate school learning to life outside the school in an authentic learning environment
  • transition from school to work
  • have a greater understanding of their Pathways Plan.


In 2016 the ACT Government implemented a new web based application, InPlace to manage student workplace learning in ACT public high schools and colleges. Students, teachers and workplace learning coordinators can all access InPlace through their Digital Backpack.

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