Vocational Education and Training

VET Statewide Workshops

The VCAA is conducting VET Statewide Workshops to deliver VET sector information for schools and providers. Key activities will include VCE VET Program updates, proposed changes to scored assessment, Training and Education (TAE) and Permission to Teach requirements for trainers and assessors, block credit recognition, structured workplace learning (SWL) credit and future directions.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) will be conducting sessions covering improving delivery of school-based apprenticeships or traineeships (SBATs) and initiatives to enhance VET delivered to secondary students in government schools.

This is an important professional development day that will help shape future policy direction for VET delivered to secondary school students. Any stakeholders with an interest in high quality and appropriate VET are invited to attend, including Senior School Leaders, school VET Coordinators, Careers Coordinators, registered training organisations (RTOs), VET teachers, Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs), Cluster Coordinators and other staff who are involved in VET.

The 2017 VET Statewide Workshops will be conducted in 14 metropolitan and regional locations during November.

Date Location
Thursday 2 NovemberMelbourne (Parkville)
Thursday 9 NovemberWangaratta
Friday 10 NovemberBendigo
Tuesday 14 NovemberDandenong
Wednesday 15 NovemberMorwell
Thursday 16 NovemberBairnsdale
Friday 17 NovemberBallarat
Monday 20 NovemberMildura
Wednesday 22 NovemberRingwood
Wednesday 29 NovemberHorsham
Thursday 30 NovemberWarrnambool

Information regarding locations and registrations is available on the VET Professional development web page.

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VCE VET Program examination assessors

The Assessment Operations Unit is seeking additional assessors of examinations in a number of VCE VET programs. Current teachers of scored Unit 3 and Unit 4 programs who may wish to be considered should contact the VET Unit vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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VCE VET Health scored assessment workshop

Expressions of interest are sought for the VCE VET Health scored assessment workshop, to support the introduction of scored assessment for 2018 for the VCE VET Health program. This workshop is scheduled for mid-November 2017, in metropolitan Melbourne; date and venue details are yet to be confirmed.

The workshop will include:

  • activities to assist in designing tasks to assess units of competency and comply with the VCAA task requirements
  • advice on using VCE VET scoring criteria
  • an appraisal of a sample task
  • resources to support scored assessment
  • networking opportunities to share tasks and ideas with other assessors.

The workshop activities are designed for all teachers/trainers and assessors of the scored VCE VET Health program.

Please register your interest in this workshop online.

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VCE VET Scored Assessment Audit

School Coursework Audit Notification (SCAN) emails are being sent to selected schools and RTOs for the 2017 audit of their scored VCE VET programs. It is important to follow the instructions included with the email. Please note that as the Assessing Group has been identified for 2017 on VASS this will be the selected school/RTO for this year's audit.

The school/RTO identified as the Assessing Group has the responsibility of providing the audit material to the VCAA. Questions regarding the audit can be directed to the VET Unit on (03) 9032 1737.

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VET Assessment Quality project – expressions of interest from teachers and trainers

The VCAA is developing quality assessment materials such as program plans, assessment strategies and sample material for Units 1 to 4 for all VCE VET programs undertaken by schools.

To date, the VCAA has received a number of EOIs across a range of industry areas. We have extended the EOI closing date, so there is still time to register your interest.

Meetings of interested teachers and trainers will be held in various locations. An allocation of three days of CRT release will be available to support teachers/trainers involvement in the project. Please register your interest by Friday 30th September.

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Review of block credit recognition

The VCAA will be undertaking a review of the block credit recognition policy. The survey is now closed and feedback gathered will inform proposed models for consultation and further investigation. The VCAA will be seeking input from schools and RTOs during the next phase of this project.

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VET promotional project

During 2017–2018 the VCAA is undertaking a project to develop promotional materials to support the delivery of VET for secondary students. The VCAA VET Unit would like to hear from schools that would be prepared to profile their VCE VET Programs or students' achievement in VET. Please email vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au if you have examples of student success stories, best practice models, innovative program delivery, industry-relevant assessment and partnerships. Further updates and project activities will be provided in future editions of the VCAA Bulletin.

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Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) credit project update

The SWL pilot project is progressing. Some of the activities undertaken include:

  • development of 26 Workplace Learning Records (WLRs) to be used by students to collect evidence of learning in the workplace
  • testing of the WLRs by pilot schools and students
  • circulation of draft 'Assessment Guidelines to credit for SWL' to pilot schools
  • employer visits to receive input and feedback 
  • investigation into the duplication and similarities between assessment in VCE Industry and Enterprise, VCAL Work Related Skills and the WLR.

Pilot schools have provided feedback regarding the process and assessment requirements, which will allow the VET Unit to finalise a report and recommendations.

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VCE VET Building and Construction

The current VCE VET Building and Construction program is drawn from 22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Wall and Ceiling Lining, Wall and Floor Tiling, Solid Plastering and Stonemasonry) Pre-apprenticeship. The 22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction is set to expire on 31 December 2017. The Pre-apprenticeship was reaccredited on August 16 2017 as 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship. Available at the program website.

The formal approval of the revised VCE VET Building and Construction program is yet to take place. When approved, it will be published on the VCAA VET webpages and schools will be notified through the VCAA Bulletin.

Schools should consult with their RTO partners to ensure that the new qualification will be added to scope for delivery in 2018. It is anticipated that all new enrolments will be in the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship from 2018. Current students can continue their training in 22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction until the end of 2018.

Construction induction

Teachers delivering the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry should note that there is a requirement for all assessors to hold the unit CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry or its successor unit in the Assessment Conditions of this unit of competency.

Teachers should speak to their RTO and school, RTOs must ensure that they are meeting this requirement.

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VCE VET Engineering Studies

The current 22209VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies is scheduled to expire on 31 December 2017. The draft course is currently awaiting accreditation. Further information will be provided in the next edition of the VCAA Bulletin.

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High-level VET qualification applications

Providers and schools planning to deliver high-level VET qualifications in 2018 are reminded that an application must be submitted and approved prior to commencement of any training.

The revised application form and information for high-level VET qualifications is available on the VET block credit recognition webpage.

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