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 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).

​Delivery of VET programs

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).

Since 2016, the Department has engaged the Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) to work with local schools and employers to source SWL opportunities.

For SWL opportunities, see: Structured Workplace Learning 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, see:

New VET initiatives

The Victorian Government recently announced $5.4 million to support new initiatives to strengthen the provision of Vocational Education and Training (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 Australia report on factors impacting government schools' provision of VET, the related findings of the VET Funding Review and the Government Schools Funding Review. For more information, see:

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 has engaged advisory firm Grant Thornton Australia to undertake a study of current VET delivery arrangements in government schools. This study is also examining how to strengthen and support the TAFE network's provision of VET programs to government schools
  • a review and enhancement of current VET programs and the range of qualifications available to school students to be managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). This will include the development of new three-year school based apprenticeship and traineeship (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 to be managed by the VET Development Centre. Teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their industry currency and get 'front-line' experience with 10-day industry immersion opportunities. Additional professional development for VET teachers also includes a series of statewide industry themed forums. (details below)
  • industry immersion programs for Years 9 and 10 government school students 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
  • 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.

Also, 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 initiatives will be available throughout 2017.

Professional development activities

Industry immersion for VET teachers

A 10 day industry immersion for up to 100 teachers in government secondary schools designed to enhance teachers' industry currency and strengthen connections with industry. 

Spread over 10 days in Terms 3 and 4 this year, the immersion will include an induction workshop, a six-day placement in industry and activities to showcase contemporary industry practices. To apply, see:

Please note, the application period for the industry immersion program has been extended until 27 July 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.

For more information see:

Non-government schools

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