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 an indicative list of VET qualifications eligible for targeted VET funding (xlsx - 58.02kb)
For more information on funding VET programs for government schools refer to Reference 56 of the SRP Guide
Non-government schools with queries on funding for VET programs should contact either:
Peter Devery, Catholic Education Melbourne at email@example.com or on 9267 0237
Pam Hargreaves, Independent Schools Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9825 7246.