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VCAL Coordinator's Resource Kit

The following information is provided to support the enrolment of VCAL students in VCE VET programs.

VET training programs in the VCAL

The following information has been prepared to support VCAL teachers/coordinators who are enrolling students in a complete or partial VET certificate/s (not included in the VCAA VCE VET programs) as part of their VCAL.

Students who complete all or part of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) and/or Further Education (FE) qualification may receive credit towards satisfactory completion of the VCAL. 

VET in VCAL

Certificate 1 level qualifications and above can contribute to a VCAL program. For further information on vocational education and training requirements for a VCAL certificate, please refer to:

 

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What is the appropriate level of VET training for senior secondary students?

The following advice has been prepared to assist teachers to determine the most appropriate level of VET certificates for their VCAL students.

Certificate I 

This certificate will enable the individual to:

  • demonstrate knowledge by recall in a narrow range of areas
  • demonstrate basic practical skills such as the use of relevant tools
  • perform a sequence of tasks given clear direction
  • receive and pass on messages/information.

Certificate II 

This certificate will enable the individual to: 

  • demonstrate basic operational knowledge in a moderate range of areas
  • apply a defined range of skills
  • apply known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems
  • perform a range of tasks where choice between a limited range of options is required
  • assess and record information from varied sources
  • take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning.

Certificate III 

This certificate will enable the individual to:

  • demonstrate some relevant theoretical knowledge
  • apply a range of well developed skills
  • apply known solutions to a variety of predictable problems
  • perform processes that require a range of well developed skills where some discretion and judgement is required
  • interpret available information using discretion and judgement
  • take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning
  • take limited responsibility for the output of others.

Certificate IV 

This certificate will enable the individual to:

  • demonstrate understanding of a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts
  • apply solutions to a defined range of predictable problems
  • identify and apply skill and knowledge areas to a wide variety of contexts with depth in some areas
  • identify, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources
  • take responsibility for own outputs in relation to specified quality standards
  • take limited responsibility for the quality and quantity of the output of others.

 

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Options for delivery of a VET training program

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are responsible for the delivery, assessment and certification of VET qualifications. The following options are available for the delivery of a VET training program:

  • The school is the RTO and delivers the complete VET training program
    (The school must have the VET certificate on its Scope of Registration)
  • An external RTO and school partnership
    (A Memorandum of Understanding must be prepared and signed by the school and RTO)
  • An external RTO: the VET training program is delivered completely by an external RTO
    (A Memorandum of Understanding must be prepared and signed by the school and RTO).

For each of these options costs will be incurred. Advice on eligibility for funding is available from the sector authorities (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria [CECV]).

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Structured workplace learning

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is an appropriate and valuable component of all VET training programs. Your local Workplace Learning Coordinator can assist with SWL for students. Contact the VCAA's VCAL Unit for details.

Further information on SWL can be found in the VCAL Unit Assessment Planning Guide, the VCAL Curriculum Planning Guides and at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) website (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/careers/work/pages/structuredlearning.aspx).

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Useful websites

The following websites may be useful in investigating or implementing VET training programs:

Note: VET enrolments should be entered onto the VCAA's Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS) in accordance with the guidelines provided on the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.

 

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Related information

For information on other VET or further education programs and/or School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, see: