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Supporting VCAL and VET students to complete their certificates and qualifications

How does the package of support work?

VCAL students who have been unable to complete subjects or have faced disruptions to learning caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will have their circumstances considered.
Special consideration will apply to students who have made reasonable progress towards their VCAL certificate and completed or attempted to complete all learning.
VET students who have been unable to complete the required hours will also be eligible for credit towards their VCAL or VCE.

What supports are available to VET and VCAL students?

Many VCAL and VCE students undertake VET studies as part of their certificate. This enables them to progress in a nationally recognised VET qualification, while also undertaking their VCE or VCAL.
VET students who have been unable to complete the required hours will also be eligible for credit towards their VCAL or VCE.
To support students to catch-up on their VET studies in the remainder of 2020, the Victorian Government the following key actions:

  • Firstly, the time in which students can undertake their VET subjects and receive credit has been extended from mid-November until 18 December 2020, which is the last day of Term 4.
  • Secondly, the Victorian Government is providing a $4.6 million boost to cover extra costs for Year 12 students to complete VET studies that cannot be met within the school’s current VET budget.
  • Finally, any students who do not complete their VET qualifications in 2020 as intended will be able to enrol at a TAFE and/or Dual Sector Provider and have their 2021 VET fees waived in order to complete their VET certificate (or an equivalent course where it is not provided).

For more information go to the Vocational Education and Training support during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Can I get extra time to complete my VET subjects?

The time in which students can undertake their VET subjects and receive credit has been extended from mid-November until 18 December 2020, or the last day of Term 4.
This extension allows Year 12 VET students additional time to complete any practical training and assessments that may have been disrupted as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. Note that results for students undertaking scored assessment VET units must still be completed and reported on VASS prior to 23 November.

What if I can’t complete my VET qualifications this year?

Any student who does not complete their VET qualifications in 2020 as intended will be able to enrol at a TAFE and/or Dual Sector Provider in 2021 and have their fees waived in order to complete their VET certificate (or an equivalent course where it is not provided). For more information go to the Vocational Education and Training support during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

How will special consideration work?

Under the special consideration for VCAL and non-scored VET students, schools will consider the impact of remote and flexible learning on students’ learning, including:

  • school closures
  • long absences
  • dealing with substantial extra responsibilities at home
  • impacts on student health and wellbeing and/or immediate family
  • ongoing issues with remote learning
  • mental health challenges.

Who can get special consideration?

Special consideration is available to all VCAL and VCE students studying non-scored VET in their final year of schooling.
However, students need to have completed or attempted to complete all learning associated with their VCAL course to be eligible for special consideration.

What if I haven’t been able to complete practical training or assessments? Does special consideration apply?

Special consideration will apply to students who have been unable to complete required practical training or assessments but have made reasonable progress towards their qualification and completed or attempted to complete all learning.
Students will receive credits towards their VCAL or VCE to enable them to complete their certificate.

How much is reasonable progress?

Students must demonstrate they have progressed with their learning in line with the opportunities provided during the year, including face-to-face and remote and flexible learning.
Reasonable progress is likely to differ depending on the VCAL unit and the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) at their school.

How will you ensure the special consideration process is fair?

Teachers have always made assessments of students’ work as part of the VCAL assessment process. Students and their families can have confidence that this new process uses similar assessment processes to those that have been used in the past.

What happens if I missed my work placement component of my VET qualifications?

Students who do not complete their VET qualifications in 2020 as intended will be able to enrol at a TAFE and/or Dual Sector Provider in 2021 and have their fees waived in order to complete their course (or an equivalent course where it is not provided). For more information go to the Vocational Education and Training support during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Am I eligible to get the fee waiver?

All school students enrolled in VET who do not complete their VET qualifications in 2020 will be eligible to have their 2021 VET fees waived in order to complete their course at a TAFE and/or Dual Sector Provider. For more information go to the Vocational Education and Training support during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

How is this fee waiver any different to Free TAFE?

Not all VET subjects that students study at school are on the Free TAFE course list. For example, many secondary school students study a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation which is not part of the Free TAFE courses. School students would be able to finish the certificate at TAFE in 2021 if they choose, and have their fees waived. For more information go to the Vocational Education and Training support during coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Why can’t I get special consideration for my VET qualification?

Requirements of completing VET qualifications are regulated by the Federal Government and students must demonstrate competency against a national framework. This provides employers with certainty in employing individuals with qualifications. For example, students who complete a Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship) will have demonstrated the skills that employers are looking for when recruiting apprentice plumbers.