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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Delivered to Secondary Students

Policy last updated

15 June 2020

Scope

  • Schools

Contact

There are multiple contacts for this topic. Refer to the contacts heading at the bottom of the page.


Date:
February 2020

Policy

Policy

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

Summary

  • 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.

Details

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

Contact

For Government schools:      

Vocational Education Unit, Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce

Phone: 03 7022 0923
Email: vet.secondary@education.vic.gov.au

For Catholic schools:

Catholic Education Melbourne   
Peter Devery
Phone: 03 9267 0237
Email: PDevery@macs.vic.edu.au

For Independent schools:      

Independent Schools Victoria
Pam Hargreaves
Phone: 03 9825 7246
Email: pam.hargreaves@is.vic.edu.au

Contact

There are multiple contacts for this topic. Refer to the contacts heading at the bottom of the page.


Guidance

Guidance

There is no further guidance for this topic. For more information, refer to Resources tab.


Resources

Resources

Get VET website

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Get VET website details a wide range of available education and training opportunities through VET. Schools can access this to ensure they are aware of all the experience and opportunities students can gain through VET. Students can also use the site to make informed decisions for their future.

Targeted VET funding

Government schools

VET programs in government schools are primarily funded through the core student learning component of the Student Resource Package (SRP). To support the higher cost of provision in this area, government schools are also provided with targeted VET funding based on an 8-band model. There is also a rural weighting for students enrolled in schools with a location index of 0.2 and above.

The SRP guide provides an estimate of the component of the SRP that should contribute to the provision of VET programs, as well as outlining how schools may use their targeted VET funding.

The following documents outline additional VET funding available:

Non-government schools

Non-government schools with queries on funding for VET programs should contact either:


Reviewed 21 May 2020