eVALA October 2019 No1    VALA

In this issue

1 From the CEO

2. Safari by the Sea

3. Term 4 Masterclasses

4. 2020 dates for the Diary

  • To help you with your PD planning and budget

5. Structured Workplace Learning Recognition

6. Bachelor of Technology Education program at La Trobe University

7. From the VCAA

  • Themed VCAL
  • VCAA VET Briefings

8. 2020 VALA membershiop fees sames as 2019

1. From the CEO

Helen RooksWe truly hope you had a restful term break in preparation for the final term of 2019!

Always a hectic one in which the focus turns on both finalising 2019 and getting ready for 2020. There will be much encouragement for students to complete their VCAL outcomes, with some of them self sabotaging as they dread to leave the safe (learning) environment you created, and others focussed on completing any outstanding gaps! In the meantime, 2020 course selections, timetables and teacher allocations will be determined……

It is pretty much the same at VALA; we are looking forward to support you in both finalising 2019 and gearing up to continue and expand on this for 2020! As such we are working hard on confirming the PL programs for 2020 (some important dates confirmed further in this newsletter). Don’t forget to check out our Safari by the Sea at the end of the month and term 4 Masterclasses at the end of November.

Over the last few weeks we have quietly ventured into the world of social media and invite you to like or follow us on the VALA VCAL Facebook page.

We would love to see you soon!

Wishing you a great term 4!

Helene Rooks

2. Safari by the Sea – Thursday October 31 – Friday November 1

Featuring a stellar line up of 3 VCAA VCAL Teachers of the Year recipients, including visits to their schools so you can see their programs in action!

The annual Safari by the Sea  goes well beyond your normal PL experience as it provides ample opportunity to reflect on, share and celebrate your VCAL success whilst forging supportive VCAL networks with likeminded practitioners from across the State.

It is not too late to secure your place for this year’s Safari by the Sea, but be quick, limited places left!

Full program


3. Term 4 Masterclasses, Friday November 29 (Melbourne CBD)

Designed to both provide valuable insights to those new to delivering the VCAL and sharpen the skills and knowledge of experienced VCAL educators. We encourage you to share these opportunities with colleagues newly appointed to deliver the VCAL!

VCAL Coordination – the in’s and out’s!

Lyn Maniz, St Patrick’s College, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2014

Integration – Starting small – Blending VCAL needs with a VCE timetable.

Melanie Brooks, 2018 VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year

Trauma Informed Positive Education

Grace Langton, Berry Street

Passionately Planning for 2020

Cherie Osta, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the year 2017 & Geoff Bird, Lorne P-12 College

Work Related Skills Units

Narelle Bean, VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year 2016

Foundation VCAL in Special Schools

Naomi James, Ashwood School

Full program


4. 2020 Dates for the Diary

calendarSemester 1:

VALA VCAL Induction day – Friday February 21 (Melbourne CBD)

Term 1 Masterclasses  – Monday March 15 (Melbourne CBD)

Term 2 Masterclasses – Monday May 11 (Melbourne CBD)

Safari in the Goldfields (Special Schools) – Thursday 21 & Friday 22 May (Bendigo)

VALA Annual Conference 2020  – Friday June 19 (Melbourne CBD)

Semester 2:

Term 3 Masterclasses – Friday September 11 (Melbourne CBD)

Safari by the Sea – Thursday 29 & Friday 30 October (Surf coast)

Term 4 Masterclasses – Friday November 27 (Melbourne CBD)

More (regional) dates and events to come!

To help you with your PD planning and budget

2020 Event type: Member rate Non-member rate
Induction day

Early bird – $250

Standard – $290

Early bird – $330

Standard – $370

Masterclasses $250 $310
Safaris $300 $360
Annual Conference

Early bird – $280

Standard – $340

Early bird – $380

Standard – $430

5. Structured Workplace Learning Recognition (SWL-R).

Almost a year after the full implementation of Structured Workplace Learning Recognition it has come to our attention that many VCAL providers are not familiar with this valuable opportunity for VCAL students to gain general credits towards their VCAL certificate whilst undertaking SWL placements.

More information on SWL-R

6. Bachelor of Technology Education program at La Trobe University

La Trobe University, the Bachelor of Technology Education, has just been approved by the AEU as meeting the requirements of the 2018 TAFE Teacher Agreement – meaning that graduates of the program will be eligible for both VIT registration and the highest rate of teacher-pay at TAFE.

The Bachelor of Technology Education is a specialist program designed essentially for tradespeople looking to upskill to become both Design & Technology and VET teachers. It offers two years of advanced standing for tradespeople with eight or more years of industry experience, and there is no other course like it in Australia!

For more information contact Karen O’Reilly-Briggs on 03 9479 1325 or via email at k.oreilly-briggs@latrobe.edu.au

7. From the VCAA

VCAA logoNotice to School 102/2019 – 4 September

Themed VCAL in 2020

Applications to deliver Themed VCAL in 2020 are now open and will close on Friday 22 November 2019.

Themed VCAL programs are intended to provide a learning program focus linked to priority areas in the labour market and/or to job opportunities. The programs should assist students to choose future pathways such as apprenticeships, vocational education and training qualifications or employment.

The guidelines and application form are available on the VCAA website.


2019 VCAA VET Statewide Workshops

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is conducting VET Statewide workshops to deliver updates for schools and providers regarding VET Delivered to Secondary Students. These workshops will take place across Victoria during November this year:

  • Thursday November 7 – Geelong
  • Friday November 8 – Ballarat
  • Tuesday November 12 – Dandenong
  • Tuesday November 12 – Bendigo
  • Wednesday November 13 – Traralgon
  • Thursday November 14 – Brimbank
  • Thursday November 14 – Wangaratta
  • Friday November 15 – Shepparton
  • Tuesday November 19 – Melbourne CBD
  • Thursday November 21 – Mildura
  • Friday November 22 – Preston
  • Monday November 25 – Ringwood
  • Tuesday November 26 – Horsham
  • Wednesday November 27 – Warrnambool

The VCAA VET Statewide workshops will provide support for schools, RTOs, and organisations, as well as essential information on updates for 2020. Topics covered through presentations and participant activities will include:

  • Get VET – Promotion of VET to school communities
  • Future directions of VET
  • Raising the standard – Quality VET training and assessment
  • Scored assessment reform project
  • Implementing SBATs
  • Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) recognition in the VCE or VCAL
  • Building, strengthening and promoting the profile of VET in your school and beyond
  • VCE VET program updates, and VASS updates.

It is very important that schools with students undertaking VET have at least one staff member attending, as there will be significant information about VET reforms including revised VCE VET programs for 2020, updates on VASS certificate types, revised VCE VET Scored Task Types and processes, SWL and SBAT recognition, quality assessment samples and an update on the Get VET promotional material.

Register here

8. 2020 membership fees the same as 2019

Join or renew now

  • $300 for an organisation (includes four named staff) extra staff $60
  • $115 for an individual

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