VET in School

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Students can do Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs as part of their VCE or VCAL. These programs include VET in Schools, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and pre-apprenticeships. They are designed to:

  • provide a vocational qualification as well as a senior secondary certificate
  • provide courses that are motivating and engaging for many young people
  • expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students
  • link schools to industry and training providers
  • help meet industry needs
  • prepare young people for the workplace of the future.

VET in Schools provides a vocationally oriented program leading to a secondary school certificate: the VCE or the VCAL. It also offers credit towards a nationally recognised VET certificate.

For more information, see: VET in Schools

VET programs and the VCE

VCE VET programs are included in the VCE and offer credit at Units 1 and 2 level and Units 3 and 4 level.

For more information, see: Frequently Asked Questions – VCE VET Programs

For a summary of the VCE VET programs, see: VCE VET Programs – VCAA

Pre-apprenticeship programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs provide a pathway to full-time apprenticeships in selected industries and are available to senior secondary school students.

For more information, see: Pre-apprenticeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are distinct pathways within VET in Schools that combine part-time employment, school and training.

For more information, see: School Based Apprenticeships

Workplace learning programs

Students can access a variety of workplace learning activities while they are still at school. This helps students develop a realistic understanding of work life. Workplace learning teaches students how to address employer expectations, develop employability skills and explore career options. Activities are designed to increase students’ self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Workplace learning is available at schools through work experience and structured workplace learning.

Work experience

Work experience is the short-term placement of secondary school students with ‘host’ employers, to provide insights into the industry and the work. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which need extensive training or experience.

For more information, see: Work Experience

Structured workplace learning

During structured workplace learning, students are expected to master a set of skills and competencies on the job as part of their VET course.

For more information, see: Structured Workplace Learning