How to become a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

Vocational Education and Training (VET) lecturers teach vocational courses connected with specific industries and areas of work to help people enter or re-enter the workforce. VET lecturers teach subjects in which they have specialist knowledge, skills and experience, such as building and construction, business and commerce, commercial photography, hairdressing, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, retail, music, art, science, engineering and areas of health. Some VET lecturers teach in non-industry specific areas such as languages, literacy and general workplace preparation.

Personal requirements of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

  • enthusiasm for, and ability in, their chosen field
  • good organisational skills
  • able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
  • enjoy working with young and older adults
  • patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and from different cultures
  • acceptance of the rights and needs of individual students.

Education & Training for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

To become a VET lecturer, you usually need an appropriate qualification and/or experience in the field that you wish to teach in. This could be a trade, profession, craft or vocational area. Once you have qualifications or experience in your subject area, entry to this occupation may be improved with teaching or training qualifications. A VET qualification in training and assessment, training design and development, or vocational education and training is required to teach accredited training. VET institutes will often support casual and part-time staff in obtaining these qualifications. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education. In addition to a VET qualification, a tertiary qualification in adult, vocational and workplace learning; tertiary teaching; or education, specialising in applied learning, is recommended for full-time staff. A number of institutions in Australia offer courses in these areas at bachelor degree and postgraduate levels. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.

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