Vocational Education and Training: How Is It Taught?

September 28th, 2019 4 Comments Features

Interested in taking a VET course but curious about how they’re taught? We’ve put together some valuable information to help you better understand the VET system and its teaching standards. Take a look as you consider your next move, whether you’re entering a new field or thinking about professional development.

How Is Vocational Education Training Taught?

VET courses are taught online and on-campus, across Australia. The VET curricula are based on a set of competency standards issued by the Australia Quality Training Framework. “Competency-based training” means Australia’s VET system centers on teaching industry standards, learning outcomes, and skills which must be met in all courses, programs, and curricula.

Training Packages

These standards are laid out in training packages, which are a key resource for registered training organizations, employers, and students. They are made up of competency standards and qualifications developed by industry. Although these training packages outline the competencies that should be achieved by instructors, there are no hard and fast rules about how the training should be delivered, or how fast it should take to deliver it. It’s up to the registered training organization to make sure teaching strategies and assessment methods are in line with the goals of the industry and students.

The ten most popular training packages are: Business Services, Hospitality, Community Services, Information Technology, Metal and Engineering Industry, Retail, Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair, General Construction, Transport and Distribution, and Financial Service.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If students have acquired skills, whether formal or informal, through prior experience at work or during community or social service activities, they can receive full or partial qualifications without further study. This is a great way for students to use their existing skill set to get a leg up on their continued education.

Who Are the Teachers?

VET instructors are recruited from TAFE programs, private registered training organizations (RTOs), community colleges, or enterprise RTOs. Some of them work as full-time VET teachers; others split their time between jobs across multiple providers, teaching VET courses on the side. VET teachers are “dual professionals,” which means they are required to keep up with the latest trends in education, industry, pedagogy, and learning. They spend their careers not only teaching but developing their instructional skills and industry knowledge so they can provide students with the best education possible.

Where is VET Delivered?

VET courses are delivered online, in the classroom, or a blend of both settings. If taken on-site, they may be delivered in a workplace or community venue. They are offered both in cities and rural parts of Australia. This flexibility is designed to give students as much access to quality education as possible, making learning self-paced and affordable.

Whether you’re thinking of studying business administration, accounting and bookkeeping, or building and construction, Open Colleges has a course for you. Instructors are held to the highest standards and work closely with industry experts to ensure you’re as future-proof as possible in your career. Take a look at some of OC’s course offerings for inspiration and get started on your dream career today.


Saga Briggs is Managing Editor of InformED. You can follow her on Twitter@sagamilena or Facebook.

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