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Have Your Say On School Vocational Pathways

12 February 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is giving parents, students, schools and other key stakeholders a say in the future of vocational education and applied learning in schools.

Minister for Education James Merlino established the review of VCAL and VET in schools to improve vocational education and applied learning, so students receive a high-quality qualification with the technical and practical skills that our economy needs.

The review, led by former CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority John Firth, will make recommendations to reform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling to ensure it meets the needs of all students.

It will consider how to improve students’ success in further education, training or employment once they have finished school.

Feedback is being sought on a number of topics relating to vocational and applied learning. These include program design and structure, delivery and accessibility, confidence in qualifications, as well as improving student outcomes.

VCAL is a “hands-on” option for students in Years 11 and 12, giving them practical work-related experience as well as literacy and numeracy skills. More than 20,000 students enrolled in a VCAL certificate last year.

Vocational education delivered to school students allows students to receive nationally recognised qualifications and provides an opportunity for students to receive credit towards their VCE or VCAL. Feedback submissions can be made through Link until 27 March 2020.

The review began extensive consultation with stakeholders in mid-November 2019 and will continue to do so throughout the consultation period to accompany the online feedback.

A final report will be completed in May 2020.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

We are strengthening vocational secondary education to better link Victorian students with career opportunities now and in the future.”

“We’re making record investments in Victoria’s major projects and we need a pipeline of skilled talent to deliver these projects, and that starts by delivering high quality vocational education to students in schools.”

Quotes attributable to Chair of the Review John Firth

“I am keen to ensure that the Review is fully informed by the views and experiences of all involved in Victoria's education system. I encourage feedback from current and past students, parents, teachers, principals, employers, VET and university educators and the broader community."

Reviewed 30 July 2020

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