Vocational and Applied Learning Workforce Programs for Senior Secondary Schools

The Victorian Government is supporting every Victorian student to get the skills they need for the job they want, investing $315.5 million in senior secondary schooling reforms since 2018 to make sure the final years of secondary school deliver for students no matter what their future goals.

A great senior secondary education requires a highly skilled and world class workforce, including teachers, trainers, and staff in schools to support vocational and applied learning. 

We are investing in professional learning and looking at how we can increase the number of teachers, trainers, and school staff expert in vocational and applied learning.

As a first step, a suite of professional learning will support teachers new to vocational and applied learning as well as existing experts, as we transition to the integrated VCE certificate. 

It is essential that applicants interested in these initiatives seek the agreement of their principal and obtain confirmation that their school will support them to participate in these programs.

The following funding initiatives are available:

Scholarships for VCAL teachers

A 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.

Applications for the Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching will be opening soon for a program commencement in Trimester 1, March 2022.

Professional learning programs for current and aspiring applied learning teachers

A 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 secondary schools.

This program supports 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. Additionally, schools will be able to access two days of a Casual Relief Teacher to support program participants to undertake this program.

Applications for Intake 2 will be opening soon for a program commencement in Term 1, 2022.

Professional learning opportunity for VET teachers in government schools

The VET Development Centre (VDC) has been funded to deliver two professional learning initiatives for VET teachers in Victorian Government secondary schools. These initiatives provide VET teachers with the opportunity to participate in activities specifically designed to enhance their industry skills, knowledge, and networks.

The Industry placement program

VET teachers have the opportunity to 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.

To register your interest in the Industry Placement Program and/or the Industry Themed Forums please refer to VET Development Centre.

Professional development support to VET trainers

A professional learning program for VET trainers is 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.

This program supports 235 VET trainers who will participate in 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 secondary school context:

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

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.

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

To register your interest for Intake 2 commencing early in 2022 please refer to the VET Development Centre.

VET innovation grant

This initiative incorporates the ‘Sharing VET Teachers and Trainers’ grant from the first round and provides funding that schools can use to focus on innovation in the design and delivery of their VET programs (with partner RTOs). 

This will ensure students can access high quality vocational offerings, which are consistent with VCAA requirements for VCE and VCAL programs.

The initiative also aims to support enhanced collaboration between schools to share VET staff to create efficiencies, economies of scale and stronger communities of practice.

This supports schools to build VET teacher and trainer capacity, enabling schools to be more responsive to student demand for specific VET qualifications. 

Submissions close 17 November 2021.

VET employment based pathways initiative (closed)

The VET Employment Based Pathways Initiative was opened for an initial intake of 25 participants over 2021-2022. 

This initiative provides a pathway into VET teaching for industry professionals who are interested in teaching VET for secondary students.

Through this initiative, participants are undertaking a Graduate Certificate of Adult, Vocational Education and Training (GradCertAVET) Program through Deakin University, which provides 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 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 allows 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.

This program targeted industry professionals who may not have a first tertiary degree.

For enquiries or further information about either of these programs, contact the Workforce Unit at vocational.workforce@education.vic.gov.au.