This policy outlines new funding support for eligible schools to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs (i.e. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the current as well as work related learning and ).
- In 2021, all government secondary schools with a senior secondary program and that offer VET to their students, including specialist schools, will receive funding to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs.
- In 2022, all government secondary schools with a senior secondary program, including specialist schools, will receive funding to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs.
- The funding will help cover the additional costs of vocational and applied learning such as planning, contracting and student support and liaison.
- This will also support schools to work with training providers and employers to ensure students get the most out of their learning and training.
The recent found that high-quality vocational and applied learning pathways are critical to ensuring that all students have access to the right learning options for them and can successfully transition to further education, training or employment.
The Review recommended that all government secondary schools should provide access to these pathways, including access to a range of VET options, and that schools should receive extra support to reduce the administrative burden associated with delivering high-quality vocational and applied learning programs.
The Victorian Government has accepted all the recommendations in principle and is providing additional funding for schools to deliver vocational and applied learning to their students through support for Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination.
Funding for Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination
In 2021, all government secondary schools with a senior secondary program and that offer VET to their students, including specialist schools, will receive new support in the form of funding for Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination.
The purpose of the funding is to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs, being:
In 2022, all government secondary schools with a senior secondary program, including specialist schools, will receive funding to help with the coordination and delivery of vocational and applied learning programs.
The key objectives of the funding to schools for Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination are to:
- support schools with the administrative burden of delivering vocational and applied learning
- provide schools with additional support to deliver high-quality vocational and applied learning pathways
How to use the funding
Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination funding must be used by schools to support the delivery of high-quality vocational and applied learning. Schools may use the funding to:
- employ additional teaching or support staff, to be known as Jobs, Skills and Pathways Coordinators
- provide time release for teachers (for example, through employing casual relief teachers)
- increase hours or responsibilities of current teachers or support staff
Schools may also use the funding to supplement other resources and grants related to vocational and applied learning. For example, schools can also consider other , which includes funding to support sharing VET teachers and trainers, and funding to support schools and teachers to focus on innovation in the design and delivery of their VET programs.
Functions the funding can be used for
Jobs, Skills and Pathways coordination funding can be used for the following functions related to delivery of vocational and applied learning:
- front-line planning, design and delivery of vocational and applied learning pathways and student transitions (including provision planning and timetabling)
- student support, including student enrolment and decision making about vocational and applied learning programs (in collaboration with careers advisors) and liaison with students at off-site training or work placements
- administration, processing and liaison activities
- collecting student attendance and assessment data
- coordinating with other schools whose students attend training on school sites
- checking in with students about how they are progressing
- engaging with Local Learning and Employment Network (LLENs) and employers to provide students with structured workplace learning and work experience opportunities
The additional in-school resourcing, whether teachers or education support class, will work alongside existing support staff and career educators to ensure students are supported onto the post-school pathway that best suits them, whether that be to an apprenticeship or traineeship, further education or training, or a job. This can include working with the LLEN and employers to find high-quality work placements and offer other work-related learning. This support builds on the and reforms introduced in 2019.
Funding and eligibility
Reporting and evaluation
Given its importance to supporting high-quality pathways, this initiative will be monitored and evaluated to make sure it is meeting the objectives and supporting vocational and applied learning as intended. Monitoring will also help the Department make changes as needed to better support schools.
DET will engage with schools for monitoring and evaluation at the start of 2021 and intermittently throughout 2021 and 2022. All schools participating in this arrangement are required to assist with any evaluation and planning activities as requested by the Department.
In the first instance, schools will be asked to provide information about how they currently resource these activities and how they intend to use the funding via a short survey.
Brief follow up surveys will seek to monitor how schools use the funding, and the impact on the capacity of schools to deliver high quality vocational and applied learning. These surveys will also ask how implementation could be improved.
An evaluation of the initiative will be conducted at the end in late 2022.
Vocational and applied learning programs refers to:
- outlines how funding for VET programs is allocated to schools and how schools may use their targeted VET funding
- available to government schools across Victoria to encourage collaboration between schools and support teachers to improve VET design and delivery
- policy outlining the ways schools may offer VET to students
Reviewed 02 December 2021