Giving back to the community through VCE VET

​​A strong sense of social justice led Judy to include VCE VET Community Services in her VCE – the first step in her goals to empower her community.

Growing up in a migrant family and diverse community, Judy noticed discrimination around her and questioned why it was happening. It sparked her interest in working with people, so she signed up for VCE VET Community Services at Braybrook College.

'VET Community Services was an opportunity for me to study my personal passion at school and receive a recognised qualification,' Judy says.

'I developed skills in leadership, Auslan and first aid, all making me more employable.'

'VET Community Services provided me with opportunities to learn about how society works, the principles of community services and what is available to those who need assistance.'

Judy says she developed deeper knowledge about social issues that affect marginalised people, and she learned how to be more culturally aware.

'From learning about people who have disabilities, who are homeless, migrants, the youth or the elderly, I was able to learn about different groups and the services that are provided to support them.'

Study and career pathways

The VCE VET program helped Judy define her career goals, and she chose to pursue public service and law after school.

'I would like to be directly involved in developing community policies and programs to address social issues,' Judy says.

'I want to empower those who may be from 'disadvantaged' backgrounds and advocate for the rights of those who are too afraid or unable to speak up for themselves.'

Judy finished school with a Premier's VCE Award. Today she is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, International studies and Asian studies at the University of Melbourne and a cadet in the Victorian public service. She keeps busy as a tutor and volunteers for several youth organisations.

Judy is just one of the success stories featured in Get VET – a new VCAA resource for students and parents to explore the wide-range of opportunities that VET can offer students in the VCE and VCAL.

Start your study and career path with VET

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important part of Victorian senior secondary school qualifications - the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VET opens up many future career opportunities in areas with increasing employment demands. Practical VET courses give students valuable skills and knowledge, and the opportunity to apply them in the workplace.

VET offers nationally recognised qualifications that create pathways to over 500 careers in a diverse range of industries including health, technology, robotics, engineering, food, science, construction and IT.

There are now more opportunities than ever for students to include VET in their senior secondary program of study. Whether you plan to enrol in university, TAFE, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce, VET can support your short-term and long-term goals.

Find out more about VET programs for secondary students at Get VET​.