VET/VCAL Workforce Reform Program

​On 8 October 2019, the Victorian Government approved $26.2 million to support a range of projects aimed at increasing the supply and quality of teachers specialising in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the delivery of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) for senior secondary school students (i.e. students in Years 11 and 12).

Applications now open:

VET Workforce Funding

1.      Sharing VET teachers and trainers

Funding is available to support schools to collaborate with each other to share VET teachers and trainers across schools.

The fund can provide:

Option 1: Single year funding of up to $75,000 per network.

Option 2: Multi-year funding of up to $150,000 per network funded through 2021 and 2022.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as:

  • time release for teachers to design shared delivery arrangements
  • professional development
  • transport costs to support student movement between institutions
  • support to build, expand and enhance VET partnerships, networks or clusters.

Any government school seeking to access a quality VET workforce is eligible.

Applications for Round 1 funding close 23 December 2020. If the fund is not fully subscribed we may run a second round in February 2021.

For further information, visit the VET Workforce Funds page.

2.      VET Innovation Fund

This funding is available to support innovation and improvement in the design and delivery of VET programs.

Funding can assist schools with their VET by supporting VET teachers to focus on innovation and improving the design and delivery of their VET programs to ensure students can access high quality vocational pathways.

The fund can provide:

Option 1: Single year funding of up to $150,000.

Option 2: Multi-year funding of up to $300,000 funded through 2021 and 2022.

Secondary schools that deliver VET and/or VCAL can apply through an expression of interest process.

Eligible projects could include:

  • employing a VET or applied learning specialist to support VET in-school integration.
  • specialised support for mentoring new VET teachers and improving curriculum design and implementation of VET programs. 
  • investigating how new technology, especially ICT or blended learning models, could foster innovation in new teaching and learning practice in VET.

Applications for Round 1 funding close 23 December 2020. If the fund is not fully subscribed we may run a second round in early 2021.

For further information, visit the VET Workforce Funds page.

For more information about either of these grant programs, contact the Vocational Education Unit at: vet.secondary@education.vic.gov.au

Professional Learning Opportunity for VET teachers in Government Schools

The VET Development Centre (VDC) has been funded to deliver a professional learning initiative for VET Teachers – the Industry Placement Program.

The Industry Placement Program will provide VET Teachers in Victorian Government Schools with the opportunity to participate in activities specifically designed to enhance their industry skills, knowledge and networks.

Industry Placements – VET teachers will undertake a ten-day program comprising an industry placement and additional activities to gain specific industry exposure.

Industry Themed Forums – A series of one-day forums will help VET teachers to enhance overall knowledge and currency of a specific industry area.  The forums will be accessible to VET teachers across Victoria and will feature speakers with expert knowledge of a particular industry, current and future trends, new technologies and practice. 

Industry Engagement Conference – A two-day conference for VET teachers.  The conference will be an opportunity for experts in the field to speak about key areas of interest such as trends in VET teaching and learning, industry updates and broader sector reform.   

Schools will be reimbursed for casual relief teacher (CRT) payments and teachers will be reimbursed for expenses such as accommodation and travel. 

Principals are encouraged to support VET teachers to participate in the professional learning initiatives. Endorsement by the Principal to participate in the initiatives will be required.

To register your interest, refer to: Industry Placement Program - VDC

Coming in 2021:

Re-training industry professionals to become VET qualified teachers

The Department of Education and Training will pilot a program to retrain industry professionals to become qualified VET teachers.

This new employment-based pathway increases the number of qualified VET teachers to teach VET in Victorian government schools. This pathway supports industry professionals to move into the teaching workforce.

Participants will receive an Initial Teacher Education qualification certified by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. This will also include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Participants will receive university fee subsidies and time allocation from their host school to undertake study activities.

Recruitment of Industry Professionals is expected to commence in late 2021.

Professional learning programs for VCAL teachers

A new professional development program will support more VCAL teachers to improve applied learning in Victorian government schools.

VCAL teachers at all government secondary schools will be eligible to apply for the professional learning program through an expression of interest process.

Participantion will be subsidised and schools will have access to funding for casual relief teachers while participants are away from their duties.

Applications for this initiative will open mid-2021.

Scholarships for VCAL teachers

The new scholarship program for VCAL teachers will provide financial support for existing teachers to undertake further studies in Applied Learning.

VCAL teachers at all government secondary schools will be eligible to apply for the professional learning program through an expression of interest process.

Participantion will be subsidised and schools will have access to funding for casual relief teachers while participants are away from their duties.

Applications for this initiative will open in mid-2021.

Professional development support to VET trainers

A professional development program for VET trainers will support trainers in Victorian government schools.

VET trainers at all government secondary schools will be eligible to participate in the professional learning program.

Applications for this initiative will open mid-2021.