VET Programs for Secondary School Students

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

​​​​Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs are delivered to secondary school students to expand their opportunities and pathways from school and improve educational outcomes in line with the Victorian Government’s objective to increase the number of young people completing Year 12 or equivalent.

In Victoria, VET programs undertaken by school students can 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 information regarding the VCE VET Programs developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), see: VCE VET Programs

For more information about VCAL, see: About VCAL

Students can also undertake VET through an apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) while enrolled in the VCE or VCAL. Students combine their studies, paid work and on-the-job learning with an employer, and training and assessment delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO).during the normal school week. For further information, see: School-based and part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Delivery of VET programs

Schools that are registered as training organisations (RTOs) may deliver VET programs directly to students. Alternatively, schools may engage external RTOs, including TAFE institutes, to deliver VET programs either directly or through auspicing arrangements.

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 further information on VET purchasing agreements, the Department’s guidelines for purchasing VET programs, and a Student Resource Package (SRP) Guide, see: Purchasing VET from External Providers

Structured Workplace Learning Service

Structured workplace learning (SWL) provides students with the opportunity to integrate practical on-the-job experience and learnings in industry with nationally recognised VET undertaken as part of secondary studies. For further information, see: Structured Workplace Learning

The Department has established the SWL Service. The Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) has been funded to increase access to SWL placements for students undertaking VET within their senior secondary certificate. The Department’s SWL Statewide Portal enables the the LLEN to provide students and teachers with a single, easy to navigate, information and referral point for SWL opportunities sourced by a diverse range of employers. Searching on the portal can be done by location, industry or VET certificate. If you are a student or teacher looking for SWL opportunities, see: Structured Workplace Learning Portal

Current VET initiatives

The Victorian Government has provided $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.

Key i​​​nitiatives

Key initiatives in the suite of reforms include:

  • a review of the funding model for sourcing VET in government schools. To inform this work, the Department engaged advisory firm Grant Thornton Australia to undertake a study of current VET delivery arrangements in government schools
  • a review and enhancement of current VET programs and the range of qualifications available to school students to be managed by the VCAA. This will include the development of new three-year SBAT programs
  • a review to improve the delivery of SBATs by a Department led cross agency working group
  • professional development activities for VET teachers in government schools managed by the VET Development Centre. Teachers have the opportunity to enhance their industry currency and get 'front-line' experience with 10-day industry immersion opportunities. This program commenced in Term 3, 2017 and will continue throughout Term 4
  • delivery  of Work Futures through VET, a program of activities for students in Years 9 and 10 from rural, regional and metropolitan government schools, to highlight the relevance of VET in the changing world of work and potential pathways to further education, training or employment (see: Work Futures). The activities include:
    • a World of Work on Wheels tour to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a virtual course and careers expo, explore growth industries through virtual reality glasses and learn about coding
    • VET Industry Tasters where students will engage in industry related activities on location at a Victorian TAFE, and
    • Industry Immersion Days where students will get first-hand experience in the growth industries such as food and fibre, medical and pharmaceuticals, transport and defence, professional services and new energy technologyLevel 2
  • grants to the LLENs to develop and promote best practice models for SWL to optimise the SWL experience for government school students, and help the community and employers to recognise some of the ways in which they could be involved, and some of the benefits to be gained from partnering with government schools

Updates on the initiatives will be available throughout 2017.

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 (SRP). 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. 

The SRP Guide provides an estimate of the component of the SRP that should contribute to the provision of VET programs, as well as outlining how schools may use their targeted VET funding.

For more information see:

Non-government schools

Non-government schools with queries on funding for VET programs should contact either: