There are three different forms of education and training providers within Victoria’s VET sector; Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, Learn Local centres and private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), also referred to as private providers.
Victoria’s training system puts choice in the hands of students. With more than 500 RTOs (including TAFEs, Learn Locals and private providers) offering thousands of VET courses, students can choose the course, delivery mode and provider that best meets their needs.
Each of these providers differs in their mode of course delivery, course availability and target student population.
Since January 2017, the Victorian Government has been implementing a new approach to the Victorian TAFE and training system, through Skills First.
To find a course or training provider visit: http://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Students/Pages/tafe.aspx?Redirect=1
For a list of RTOs vist: www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/courses/Pages/rtolist.aspx
TAFEs, polytechnics and dual sector universities
TAFEs, polytechnics and dual sector universities are public training providers located across metropolitan Melbourne and in regional Victoria.
They offer a range of high quality courses that provide pathways into jobs or into further study.
- choose from a broad range of courses, including for apprenticeships and traineeships
- take advantage of additional services such as counselling support services, disability support services, and career counselling and advice
- train on campus with specialist training facilities and additional services such as libraries, cafes and computer labs
Learn Local organisations across Victoria offer a range of education and training programs designed to meet your learning needs. There’s a government registered Learn Local in your community that can help you return to study, improve your reading, writing and maths skills, gain a qualification, get a job or learn something new
There is a Learn Local organisation near you that offers a range of adult community education and training programs for people from all walks of life. Courses range from basic computer skills to Certificates and Diplomas in business or community services. The focus is on individual needs, tailoring programs for both the learner and businesses.
Information on Learn Local organisations including what and where you can study can be found at learnlocal.org.au/
Koorie Registered Training Organisations
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)
Since 2000 VACCHO has been delivering training on behalf of its member organizations. The training has delivered qualifications in Aboriginal Primary Health Care to Aboriginal Health Workers employed in the VACCHO Member Services.
In addition to the core health worker training, VACCHO’s Education and Training Unit delivers programs related to cultural awareness, practice management, Aboriginal in home support and improving the culture within hospitals.
For more information, visit www.vaccho.org.au/educational/
Mirrimbeena is a Registered Training Organisation located in Echuca, teaching the art and technique of creating bush furniture using timber from the forest floor.
All Indigenous persons from the age of 16 and up are welcomed. We have been operating for eight years.
For more information contact:
Clive Atkinson on (03) 5480 0887 or 0408 104 111
Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd. (VACSAL)
Since 2014, VACSAL has been delivering qualifications in Certificate III and IV in Community Services work. Dr Alfred Bamblett’s vision was to include “cultural integrity at the heart of every learning journey”.
In addition to the accredited qualifications, VACSAL’s RTO program delivers training in ‘building teacher capacity to better support Aboriginal learners’ and ‘working more effectively with Aboriginal people’. VACSAL is also the preferred training program for the Koori Coordinated Care (KCC) model. For more information please visit VACSAL's website here.
Skills and Jobs Centres
In 2016, 18 Skills and Job Centres will be opening in all Victorian TAFES and dual sectors, as well as an independent CBD location.
The Centres will provide services for prospective students, employers, apprentices, trainees, and unemployed or transitioning workers.
Each Centre provides a starting point – a place to get advice on job opportunities and vocational training and be linked to a range of services.
For more information please see: Skills and Job Centres.