OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Aims to provide participants with an overview of current vocational education and training (VET) structures and policy and the way in which this shapes teaching practice. It covers aspects of the National Training Framework (NTF) and key issues such as competency based training and assessment, training packages endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations (SNR), flexible delivery and a particular focus is placed on the role of VET in schools. It also covers roles, competencies and expectations required of technology teachers to deliver VET in schools.

Unit content

1. Terminology and foundational concepts employed in the VET sector

  • Competency-based training and assessment
  • Recognition of prior learning
  • Work-based learning
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship frameworks
  • Flexible delivery

2. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) context in Australia

  • Roles and responsibilities of specific organisations and training providers
  • History, change and future of VET in Australia
  • Frameworks and policies, including the National Training Framework and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • The roles of teachers and students
  • Current issues e.g. literacy and numeracy, Indigenous participation, disability

3. VET in Schools - specific considerations

  • Policies and requirements (VET in Stage 6 and Stage 5)
  • The role of the teacher and expectations for accreditation and currency
  • School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBA/Ts)
  • VET Board endorsed courses

4. Teaching in the VET sector

  • Specific teaching strategies
  • Competency-based assessment strategies

5. Relationships between VET and industry

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 Hour (5 weeks)
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Learning and assessment strategy and unit of competency program40%

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Fee information


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