From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
New initiatives to support VET delivered to government school students!
The Victorian Government recently announced $5.4 million to support new initiatives to strengthen the provision of VET for government school students. Thousands of school students will benefit from the initiatives, which aim to:
- improve program quality
- strengthen school-industry engagement
- build the VET capacity of school communities.
The initiatives are in response to issues identified in the Grant Thornton report on factors impacting government schools' provision of VET, the related findings of the VET Funding Review and the Government Schools Funding Review.
The advisory firm Grant Thornton will consult with schools, and other relevant stakeholders, as part of a study to examine TAFEs becoming the primary provider of VET programs to government school students, and to research and gather data to inform an improved model for funding VET.
VET teachers in government schools will have the opportunity to enhance their industry currency and get 'front-line' experience with 10-day industry placements. Additional professional development for VET teachers also includes a series of statewide industry themed forums. The industry areas will be informed by VCAA VET enrolment data, skill shortage areas, future skilling and government priority industries.
Years 9 and 10 government school students will be able to take part in industry immersion programs involving the TAFE sector and business with a focus on the government's priority growth industries in medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, new energy, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction.
To continue the promotion of the benefits of further education and training, the 'World of Work on Wheels', which was launched last year, will be on the road again. The bus will visit communities across Victoria to give students the chance to participate in a virtual course and careers expo with a focus on VET pathways.
Updates on the following initiatives will be available throughout 2017.
Industry immersion programs for government school students in Years 9 and 10
Six industry immersion programs, which will combine visits to a TAFE and industry sites and focus on Victoria's priority growth industries. Each program will accommodate up to 120 students. These will be scheduled across the second half of 2017.
|Industry placement program for teachers of VET programs|
A ten-day industry placement for up to 100 teachers in government secondary schools. the placements will be designed to enhance teachers' industry currency and strengthen their connections with industry. The progam is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
|Statewide professional development forums for teachers of VET programs|
Industry themed forums for up to 500 teachers from government secondary schools on:
- Building and Construction and Plumbing
- Business and Finance
- Engineering and Automotive
- Health and Community Services and Sport and Recreation
- Hospitality, Retail and Personal Services
- ICT, Electrical and Integrated Technologies
- Interactive Digital Media and Music.
Structured workplace learning forums to promote best practices for up to 200 teachers from government secondary schools. The forums will be held across the second half of 2017.
|Feasbility Study of TAFE as a primary provider of VET programs to government school students||Study to examine the potential educational benefits of the TAFE network as the primary provider of VET programs to government school students and to identify those circumstances where other providers would be required.|
|Improved funding model for VET programs in government secondary schools||Development of criteria for course subsidy rates to underpin an improved VET funding model.|
VET in VCE and VCAL
Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs delivered to secondary school students are designed to expand opportunities and pathways for students and improve educational outcomes in line with the Victorian Government’s objective to increase the number of young people completing Year 12 or equivalent. VET also addresses the skills and employment needs of industry in Victoria.
In Victoria, nationally recognised VET qualifications can be undertaken by school students to contribute towards the completion of a senior secondary certificate, either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
For more information on VET programs in VCE and VCAL refer to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) - Vocational Education and Training (VET)
VET programs are typically delivered through partnerships between schools, industry and registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and often include opportunities for students to participate in structured workplace learning (SWL). The Department introduced a reformed SWL service in 2016. The 31 Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) organisations are now working with local schools and employers to source structured workplace learning opportunities and make them available on the SWL Statewide Portal
Contracts for the purchase of VET programs from external providers
The Department has developed a suite of contracts and agreements that government schools must use when entering into arrangements to provide their students with VET programs. For more information refer to Purchasing Vocational Education and Training from External Providers
Targeted VET funding for government schools
VET programs in government schools are primarily funded through the core student learning component of the Student Resource Package. To support the higher cost of provision in this area, government schools are also provided with targeted VET funding based on an eight band model. There is also a rural weighting for students enrolled in schools with a location index of 0.2 and above.
For more information see the Indicative List of Qualifications and Bands (xlsx - 56.7kb) and Reference 56 of the SRP Guide.
Non-government schools with queries on funding for VET programs should contact either: