Exploring Work Futures through VET

The Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) is presenting an exciting program of career education activities to students in Years 9 and 10 in Victorian government schools in rural and regional areas and metropolitan areas. This program is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and aims to raise student awareness of the education, training and employment pathways provided through VET.  

The Exploring Work Futures through VET program offers three engaging experiential learning activities that map directly to subjects and capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum. The program supports teaching and learning, decision making regarding subject selection, course selection and careers, and building career aspirations at a critical time in youth transitions.

Students will build their knowledge of a range of education and employment pathways, increase their awareness of the relevance of VET in the changing world of work and link subject knowledge to workplace skills.



A recent report by Mark McCrindle (commissioned by the Skilling Australia Foundation) found that:

  • Nine of the top ten occupations predicted to have the most jobs growth are in vocational training areas as identified by government figures.
  • On average, TAFE graduates not only have higher starting wages than university graduates, but also find work more quickly.
  • Vocational education usually provides students with a faster, more cost-effective pathway to complete a qualification and enter the workforce, compared with university undergraduate programs.

Nick Wyman, SAF CEO said “most children don’t aspire to have “a wall full of degrees”. What they want is to find a place in the world. If getting and keeping a job is your concern, there are jobs for the taking in VET. Not only in growing fields, but in traditional trades roles which will be there in 50 years.”

There are three programs being run as part of Exploring Work Futures Through VET:

World of Work on Wheels Tours (WOWOW Tours)



VET Industry Tasters



Industry Immersion Days for students