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Victorian Budget Announcement

 

$109 million to overhaul careers education in secondary schools so students can get expert advice earlier to help them to make the right choices

 

Careers education in government schools

Career education in government schools will be redesigned to assist students to make better career and pathway decisions and to meet the needs of business and industry. Year 9 students will have access to a new careers e‑portfolio and will be assisted by professional career diagnostic assessment and guidance.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s School Education – Secondary output.

 

Enhancing secondary vocational pathways

Funding will be provided to develop a Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Quality Assurance Framework that will assist schools in purchasing high-quality VETiS. Additional funding will support the delivery of VETiS programs and increase the provision of VETiS by TAFEs.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s School Education – Secondary output.


Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A new model for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships will be piloted in high‑demand trades such as construction, and emerging industries with growing numbers of new jobs. This pilot will deliver up to 1 700 Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships in 100 secondary schools, involving an optional additional year of school to give secondary students an opportunity to learn their trade at school and get a job sooner. The initiative will also fund 50 Community Industry and Employment coordinators to support participating students, schools and employers to implement the Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s School Education – Secondary output.

 

Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outcomes

Funding will be provided to train 200 teachers to become Primary Maths and Science Specialists. These specialists will receive professional development and training to increase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) knowledge and increase STEM capability within their schools.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s School Education – Primary output.

 

Tech Schools

Continued funding will be provided for 10 Tech Schools in the Ballarat, Banyule‑Nillumbik, Bendigo, Casey, Geelong, Gippsland, Monash, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges regions, which are connecting students to the skills and jobs of the future. Funding will provide for renewal of high-tech equipment at these shared hubs over time and will increase the reach of the industry‑linked Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs and facilities for school and community use.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s School Education – Secondary output.