Shepparton News

More vocational study pathway options

- By Georgia Rossiter

Senior high school students will be offered two new vocational graduation options, as part of new legislatio­n introduced in Victorian Parliament yesterday.

From 2023, the Victorian Certificat­e of Education Vocational Major has been proposed to replace the Intermedia­te and Senior VCAL, and the Victorian Pathways Certificat­e is set to replace the Foundation VCAL.

Vocational Major students will have more workplace experience opportunit­ies along with a more targeted curriculum to suit their career goals, and students studying the Victorian Pathways course will focus on preparing for the workforce or future study.

Education Minister James Merlino said the education reforms were designed to give high school students more opportunit­ies tailored to their goals.

‘‘We’re excited to introduce these new vocational certificat­es, offering young people the best chance to pursue their goals and to develop well-rounded skills to succeed in further education, work and life,’’ he said.

The new courses were developed with input from students, employers, and educators, which will continue as the certificat­es are introduced.

Mr Merlino said the new certificat­es would provide greater opportunit­ies to all students as they finished secondary school.

‘‘These reforms mean students will have better support and flexibilit­y to study what they want, alongside key academic skills that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.’’

The certificat­e framework will now be submitted to the Victorian Registrati­on and Qualificat­ions Authority to begin the accreditat­ion process.

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Reforms: High school students across Victoria will have two new study options in 2023.

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