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 are now open for trimester 2

Scholarships for VCAL teachers

A new scholarship program provides opportunities for 100 current and aspiring VCAL teachers in government schools to undertake Deakin University's Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching.  This one-year, fully online program will allow participants to explore a variety of teaching styles, strategies, and to develop valuable networks with like-minded teachers from across Victoria.

Course fees will be fully paid by the Department. Additionally, schools will be able to access four days of a casual relief teacher to support program participants to undertake their studies.

It's essential that applicants seek the agreement of their principal and obtain confirmation that their school will support them to participate in this program.

Applications for scholarships can be made by following the Application Guidelines and completing this Application Form. Final acceptance into the program will be determined by Deakin University. The closing date of applications to the Department is 11 June 2021.

There is now the opportunity to commence the Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching in Trimester 2 2021 – starting in July 2021.

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.

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 have now closed.

For further information, visit VET Workforce Funds.

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 have now closed.

For further information, visit VET Workforce Funds.

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

Applications are now open

VET employment based pathways initiative

The new VET Employment Based Pathways Initiative is open for an initial intake of 25 participants over 2021-2022 who will go on to be qualified to teach VET subjects. This initiative will provide a pathway into VET teaching for industry professionals who are interested in teaching VET for secondary students.

Through this initiative, participants will undertake a Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training (GradCertAVET) Program through Deakin University, which will provide an enabling pathway into an Initial Teacher Education qualification accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The pathway includes the completion of a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Participants will subsequently complete the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (MALT) Program to be eligible for registration as a teacher in Victoria.

This VET Employment Based Pathways initiative will allow participants to explore a variety of teaching styles, strategies, and to develop valuable networks with like-minded teachers from across Victoria. The program is designed to include a blended model which uses intensive, face-to-face teaching blocks with periods of online learning in order to optimise extended professional experience opportunities.

Industry professionals that are already working in Victorian government secondary schools, such as VET trainers, are welcome to apply. Industry professionals that have not had school experience are also encouraged to apply, and the Department and Deakin University will endeavour to find a suitable match with a school for future employment.

Participants will be supported to complete the full program (GradCertAVET including the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and MALT) to graduation. This includes, a full subsidy of course fees, professional coaching and professional experience in schools all paid by the Department. The Department will also attempt to match each participant to a school for employment. This program is targeting industry professionals that may not have a first tertiary degree.

Applications for the VET Employment Based Pathways initiative can be made by following the application guidelines (docx - 443.18kb) and completing the application form (docx - 90.98kb). Final acceptance into the program will be determined by Deakin University.

The closing date of applications to the Department is 2 July 2021.

Professional learning programs for current and aspiring Applied Learning Teachers

A new professional learning program is available for current VCAL teachers and aspiring applied learning teachers to improve their skills in delivering applied learning programs in Victorian government schools.

This program will support 480 current VCAL teachers and aspiring applied learning teachers to undertake 5-6 days of professional learning development to address specific competencies, develop valuable networks with like-minded teachers and improve applied learning programs being delivered to students in schools.

This program is fully paid for by the Department of Education and Training. Additionally, schools will be able to access two days of a Casual Relief Teacher to support program participants to undertake this program. For additional information on this program please review the Program Information (pdf - 159.1kb) document.

Applications for Intake 1 -Term 3, commencing on 16 August 2021 can be made by completing the Expression of Interest Form (docx - 85.17kb) and emailing it to Vocational.Workforce@education.vic.gov.au.  

Applications close on 2 August 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 6th August 2021.

Further opportunities for future intakes, will be announced later this year.

It is essential that applicants seek approval from their Principal by signing the Expression of Interest form.

Professional development support to VET trainers

A new professional learning program for VET trainers is now open to interested participants across Victoria. This professional learning program will help VET trainers and teachers working in secondary schools to develop the knowledge and confidence to transfer industry skills into supporting young people's learning in the secondary school context.

The program will support 235 VET trainers who will have to commit to a maximum of 36 hours of professional development over the course of the program.

The professional development will focus on five streams, aimed at improving participants knowledge of VET delivered in the school context:

  • VET Trainers and Schools Leaders engagement
  • Understanding and engaging the adolescent learner
  • VET Training and assessment
  • VRQA sessions
  • VET within Secondary Schools

This program is fully paid for by the Department of Education and Training. Additionally, schools will be able to access two days of a Casual Relief Teacher to support program participants to undertake this program.

To register for the program, you must be employed in a government secondary school and deliver Vocational Education and Training. This includes VET Teachers (who hold a teaching degree and a TAE401160) or VET Trainers (who hold TAE40116) and have permission to teach in a secondary school). VET Coordinators are also encouraged to participate in the program.

It is essential that applicants seek approval from their Principal and obtain confirmation that their school will support them to participate in this program.

Applications for Intake 1 -Term 3, commencing on 28 July 2021 can be made by following and completing the Registration Form.

Applications close on COB 26 July 2021. Further opportunities for future intakes, will be announced later this year.