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The Honourary James Merlino

The Hon. James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education

In building the Education State, the Victorian Government is investing $8.5 billion to provide school students with the knowledge, capabilities and attributes that will equip them with the skills that industry needs and employers expect.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an important component of both of Victoria’s senior secondary qualifications, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

VET opens up many future career opportunities in areas with increasing employment demands. For example, VET offers nationally recognised qualifications that create pathways to over 500 careers in a diverse range of industries including health, technology, robotics, engineering, food, science, construction and IT.

For this reason, the Victorian Government will invest $76 million over the next four years to increase the opportunities for you to include VET in your senior secondary program of study. This includes $26 million to improve the quality and availability of vocational pathways for secondary students and $50 million to support the roll out of Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 government schools. Head Start is designed to make students career and employer-ready, with increased time on the job, stronger student support and improved quality of training.

I encourage every student deciding on their senior secondary program to consider including a VET component.

The practical nature of VET allows you to develop valuable skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to apply them in the workplace. VET also develops your employability skills, which is an advantage when joining the workforce.

VET can make a valuable contribution to your education and your future.

This publication provides you with details of the wide range of opportunities that are available to you, to help you make the most informed decisions about your future.

Whether you plan to enrol in university, TAFE, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce, I encourage you to explore VET and see how it can support your short-term and long-term goals.