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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Delivered to Secondary Students


This policy outlines the ways schools may offer VET to students.


  • VET enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.
  • Undertaking VET while at school allows students to mix general and vocational education and to make a start on training for a career before they leave school.
  • VET studies allow secondary students to gain practical skills in a specific industry while contributing towards the completion of senior secondary certificates, either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
  • Students can also study VET through school-based or part-time apprenticeships and traineeships, or through the Head Start initiative.


Schools which are registered as training organisations (RTOs) may run VET programs for students.

Alternatively, schools may engage external RTOs, including TAFE institutes, to deliver VET programs either directly or through auspicing arrangements. For Department policy and information on engaging RTOs to deliver VET programs refer to: Purchasing Secondary Courses and Vocational Training from External Providers.

For Department policy and information on school-based and part-time apprenticeships and traineeships refer to: School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

The VCAA provides comprehensive information on VET in the VCE and VCAL on their Get VET webpage. Visit: Get VET.

VET funding

The primary source of funding for VET programs is through the core learning allocation in the Student Resource Package (SRP) provided to schools for each student.

Government schools are also provided with targeted VET funding to support the higher cost of provision in this area. Reference 56 of the SRP Guide outlines how funding for VET programs is allocated to schools and how schools may use their targeted VET funding.

The Resources tab includes the latest indicative list of qualifications and bands for targeted VET funding.

A student enrolled in a VET qualification through a school-based or Head Start apprenticeship or traineeship is funded under Skills First and is not eligible for targeted VET funding.

Relevant legislation


For Government schools:      

Vocational Education Unit, Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce

Phone: 03 7022 0923

For Catholic schools:

Catholic Education Melbourne   
Peter Devery
Phone: 03 9267 0237

For Independent schools:      

Independent Schools Victoria
Pam Hargreaves
Phone: 03 9825 7246

Department policy outlining the ways in which VET can be offered to students

Reviewed 07 April 2021

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


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