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WADT

(Western Australia) Western Australian Department of Training, the former name of the Western Australian Department of Training and Employment.


WBL

See Work-based learning.


WEA

See Workers Educational Association.


WELL

See Workplace English Language and Literacy Program.


WINVET

Women in Vocational Education and Training, a network for women involved in technical and vocational education and training in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, to enable access information and discuss issues and ideas.


WITA

Water Industry Training Association.


WORKCOM

Workplace Communication Services.


WRAPS

National Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council.


White Paper

A publication that states a position on a social, political, or other subject, often including a high-level explanation of an architecture or framework of a solution. A White Paper often explains the results or conclusions of research. Compare: Green Paper.


Word

In the context of documents available from this site, the designation (e.g. [Word 10kb]) refers to documents formatted for the Microsoft Word word processing program.

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Work experience

A period (usually one or two weeks) of unpaid work undertaken by secondary school students as part of their careers education, to provide some insight into the world of work. Compare Work placement.


Work placement

(Also called: field placement, vocational placement and structured work placement) A period of unpaid work with an employer undertaken by vocational education and training students in order to satisfy the requirements of a course or module, with supervision provided by the employer, the training provider, or both.


Work-based learning

Programs for both secondary and post-secondary students that provide opportunities to achieve employment-related competencies in the workplace. Work-based learning is often undertaken in conjunction with classroom or related learning, and may take the form of work placements, work experience, workplace mentoring, instruction in general workplace competencies, and broad instruction in all aspects of industry.


Work-based training

Training provided by an organisation primarily for its own employees and using the employer's own staff or consultants. Work-based training can be conducted either on-site or at an off-site location.


WorkSkills Australia Foundation

An independent non-profit organisation developed to promote the standards and status of vocational training and job skills through skills competitions and related initiatives.


Workers Educational Association

(WEA) A non-government adult community education organisation, providing vocational and leisure courses.


Working Nation

In full, Working Nation: The White Paper on Employment and Growth. A white paper issued by the Keating government in 1994 that committed the government to reducing unemployment through economic growth, supported by changes to the social security system and the introduction of various labour market programs. The government also announced in the white paper the establishment of the Australian Student Traineeship Foundation (now known as Enterprise and Career Education Foundation. and the National Employment and Training Taskforce (now defunct).


Workplace Agreement

See Australian Workplace Agreement.


Workplace Communication in Training Packages

A project managed by the Australian National Training Authority with funding from the Workplace English Language and Literacy Program to incorporate language, literacy and numeracy into training packages.


Workplace English Language and Literacy Program

(WELL) A program provided in the workplace to develop worker English language and literacy skills.

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Workplace assessment

The gathering and judging of evidence during normal work activities in order to determine whether a required standard has been achieved. Workplace assessment usually involves observation of work in progress, checking the product(s) of a work activity, and receiving oral responses to questions posed while work is in progress.


Workplace learning

(Also: workplace training) Learning or training undertaken in the workplace, usually on the job, including on-the-job training under normal operational conditions, and on-site training, which is conducted away from the work process (e.g. in a training room).

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