Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students

As part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students can gain an additional qualification by selecting to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course. Studying a VET qualification will develop their skills and give them exposure to industry and experience in the workplace, prior to completing Secondary School. This can lead to many beneficial training and employment outcomes. VET is a mix of practical and theory assessments that are targeted to industry and the workplace.

What is the HLLEN VET Cluster? \

The Highlands LLEN VET Cluster is a long-running partnership between a cluster of schools (over 30 secondary education providers within Ballarat and surrounding regions) and the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network (HLLEN).

Our Cluster is proud to provide a diverse range of programs for students, that are nationally recognised and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) approved.

The VCAA is an independent statutory body responsible to the Victorian Minister for Education, serving both government and non-government schools. The mission of the VCAA is to provide high quality curriculum, assessment and reporting that enables individual lifelong learning.

VET Cluster Vision \

The Highlands Local Learning Employment Network (Highlands LLEN) VET Cluster will expand high quality, engaging vocational learning opportunities for secondary students to increase work skills, employability and enhance future pathways. The VET Cluster will foster a sense of collaboration for greater Ballarat students’ vocational pathways. VET Programs are a priority, ahead of the interests of any particular school.

VET Cluster Goals \

  • Maintain engagement with participating schools within the Highlands region
  • Improve access to VET for eligible students
  • Increase awareness of VET offerings across the VET Cluster
  • Continuously improve the quality of VET Programs delivered
  • Improve post-school outcomes of VET students
  • Improve provision to reflect students, participating schools and employer needs.
  • VET Program Guide 2023 Digital Version

    View the Program Guide for 2023, alternatively individual pages are below

  • 1st Year
    Applications \

    1st year expression of interest for 2024 program will be open Monday 31st July from 9:00 am.

  • Enrolment Information and Privacy Collection Notice \

    Click the link below to view the VET Clusters Enrolment Information and Privacy Collection Notice for Parents and Carers

VET Program Guide 2023 \

Individual Programs \

Participating Schools \

Ararat CollegeBerry Street SchoolLake Bolac CollegePhoenix P-12 Community College
Bacchus Marsh CollegeCatholic Regional College MeltonLoreto CollegeSt Patrick’s College
Ballarat Christian CollegeDamascus CollegeMarian CollegeStaughton College
Ballartat Clarendon CollegeDaylesford Secondary CollegeMaryborough Education CentreVirtual School Victoria
Ballarat GrammarDOTS (developing other talents and skills)Melton Christian CollegeWoodman’s Hill Secondary College
Ballarat High SchoolGisborne Secondary CollegeMercy Regional CollegeYuille Park Community College
Ballarat Specialist SchoolHighview CollegeMount Clear College
Beaufort Secondary CollegeIndie SchoolMount Rowan Secondary College
If your School wants to get involved, please Contact Us.

Registered Training Organisations (RTO) \

Cosamp LogoMCIEBox Hill TAFE
FED TAFE LogoFLC LogoSkill Invest Logo
If you are a Training Provider/RTO and would like to partner with us, please Contact Us.
  • What is VET? \

    VET is a short way of saying Vocational Education and Training.

    If we break it down: Vocational = job/work and Education & Training = learning

    VET is about learning how to do a job/work (whilst at school)

  • Why Study VET? \

    • Students gain credit towards VCE
    • Students undertake Structured Workplace Learning
    • Provides a pathway to further study, apprenticeships or employment
    • Prepares students for jobs of the future and careers in the fastest growing industries such as: health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, construction, education and training, accommodation and food services.
    • Allows students to study a wide range of Programs
  • Why Study VET Continued \

    • Develops workplace skills that put students ahead in the job race
    • Training is delivered in a friendly learning environment
    • Leads to interesting and worthwhile jobs
    • Offers programs to suit all genders
    • Classes are a mix of theory and practical, hands-on learning
    • Presents high-quality, well-respected postschool options
    • Participation can be a stepping stone to university

Get in touch to find out more \

Sheree Chevalier
Partnership Manager, Highlands LLEN VET Cluster

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