VET Champions available to speak at your school

​Inspire students to pursue vocational education and training and have your say on senior secondary pathways reform

As part of a new initiative to promote career pathways open to students through vocational and applied learning, teachers can book a VET Champion to speak at their school.

VET Champions are available to speak to students about their careers and experiences with vocational education and training (VET).

This is especially powerful for students in years 7 to 10, as they make decisions about subjects and career pathways. The initiative promotes authentic stories of how people from diverse backgrounds and cultures across Victoria have found a career they love.

So far, five VET Champions have been announced and profiled:

  • Felicity Barnett, a head chef
  • Kane Williams, an associate director
  • Liaqat Ahmadi, a student attraction officer
  • Kelly Shotton, an electrical apprentice
  • Ashley Beeby, a heavy vehicle diesel mechanic. 

Book a VET Champion to speak at your school

Schools can book VET Champions to take part in careers information sessions, school assemblies and other activities. VET Champions are available at no cost to schools.

To book a VET Champion, complete the booking form on the VET Champions website.

VET Champions are available in person and virtually. Short case studies about each VET Champion and their career journey are available on the department's website.

Reforming vocational and applied learning for secondary students — have your say

Critical reforms to vocational and applied learning are underway in response to the Firth review into vocational and applied learning pathways in senior secondary schooling.

The department, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority are working closely with stakeholders and the community to develop an improved senior secondary experience. 

This includes moving to an integrated senior secondary certificate, with vocational education embedded in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and development of a new foundation pathways certificate.

These changes will ensure senior secondary education is closely linked to the needs of the modern economy, setting students on a path to a dynamic career and a great life. 

To have your say on the transformation of senior secondary schooling in Victoria, refer to the Engage Victoria Consultation website. Feedback closes 4 August.

Find out more

For more information, or to watch the VET Champions' video stories, refer to the VET Champions web page.

For further enquiries, contact the VET Champions team by email:

To learn more about how the department is reforming vocational and applied learning pathways for secondary students, refer to the department's website