VET Resources for Teachers

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Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy

To prepare students for their future careers, Future Ready focuses on the importance of building the skills and general capabilities they will need in the workplace; strengthening school and employer collaboration; and developing students' career management and navigation skills.

The vision of Future Ready is that every student in every school has access to high‑quality career education to help them make a successful transition from school to further education, training, work or a combination of these.

The strategy focuses on improving career education in schools by:

  • building teacher and school leader capability
  • supporting parents and carers in their important role in these conversations
  • encouraging collaboration between industry and schools.
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Preparing Secondary Students for Work:
Career Education Self-assessment Tool for Schools

The tool was developed in 2017 around the Key elements for enhanced career education for students identified in the Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework. The tool assists schools to reflect on their career education programs and identify areas of good practice and areas where there is room for improvement.

The tool can be used by a range of users including the school leadership team, Principals, teachers, career advisers and career education teachers. Schools who are able to demonstrate a high level of achievement in each of the six key elements will be providing a career education program that meets international best practise and is of high quality.

Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA):
School Career Benchmarking Resource

This resource was developed in 2014 for principals and leadership teams of schools to help them get the best value and outcomes from their career development services. The resource describes the features of a contemporary school-based career development service and sets out progressive performance benchmarks that enable schools to review their service delivery.

Schools can use this resource repeatedly as a quality improvement tool, to stimulate thinking about the aims of their career development service, how to achieve these aims, and how to continue to meet the changing career development needs of students within a rapidly changing world of work.

Introducing Career Education and Development
A Guide for Personnel in Educational Institutions in Developed and Developing Countries

By Colin McCowan, Malcolm McKenzie and Mansi Shah.

Introducing Career Education and Development (2017) focuses on taking a proactive approach to helping young people manage their own career development. It advocates implementing a program of activities in educational institutions to assist them to develop the understanding, attitudes, skills, and experiences to be able to make informed career decisions and take deliberate career-related actions throughout their lives.

This book includes:

  • A rationale for the introduction of a quality Career Education and Development (CED) program
  • A selection of key theories behind a quality CED program
  • A simple CED framework and its application
  • Information on how to go about implementing an effective CED program
  • Example activities and case studies
  • Resources and strategies to ensure the delivery of programs that prepare students to deal effectively and confidently with key career-related decisions and actions

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SACE Capabilities

Seven general capabilities that underpin the SACE to assist students to live, learn, work, and participate successfully in an ever-changing society. They are literacy; numeracy; ICT capability; critical and creative thinking; personal and social capability; intercultural understanding; and ethical understanding.

ACARA Capabilities

The Australian Curriculum: includes seven general capabilities that play a significant role in realising the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) – that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

They are:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • ICT capability
  • critical and creative thinking
  • personal and social capability
  • intercultural understanding
  • ethical understanding.

Core Skills for Work Development Framework (CSfW)

CSfW describes the core non-technical skills that have been identified by Australian employers as important for successful participation in work. The framework describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work.

Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)

ACSF is a tool which assists both specialist and non-specialist English language, literacy and numeracy practitioners describe an individual’s performance in the five core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy.

Click to download 'Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework.'

Australian Blueprint for Career Development

The Blueprint is a framework for designing, implementing and evaluating career development programs for young people and adults. The Blueprint identifies the skills, attitudes and knowledge that individuals need to make sound choices and to effectively manage their careers. The Blueprint outlines 11 career management competencies at four levels of development.

Click to download the 'Australian Blueprint for Career Development.'

CICA Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners

The publication of the Professional Standards represents a landmark in the history of Australian career development and a benchmark for career development practitioners. The Professional Standards:

  • Define the career industry, its membership and its services;
  • Recognise the diverse skills and knowledge of career practitioners;
  • Guide practitioner entry into the industry;
  • Provide a foundation for designing career practitioner training;
  • Provide quality assurance to the public and other stakeholders;
  • Establish a benchmark against which career practitioners can be assessed, evaluated and judged by their peers and by others;
  • Require career practitioners to undertake continuing professional development;
  • Create an agreed terminology for the industry.

CICA Launches Revised Professional Standards

The revised Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners has been released after an extensive consultation process with career development practitioners and CICA Member Associations.

VET in SACE Operational Considerations for SACE Coordinators and VET Coordinators

This SACE Board information sheet provides information about recognition of Vet in the SACE, using VET for SACE Credits, planning VET pathways, entering results into Schools Online and monitoring potential SACE completion.

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Australian Jobs

Australian Jobs is an easy to follow guide to the Australian labour market. The labour market can change quickly and there is currently a great deal of discussion about the future of work and the role of automation in determining demand for particular workers. It includes information about industries and occupations as well as states, territories and regions. The publication highlights trends in the Australian labour market and provides guidance about job search and the skills employers value.