New toolkit launched to help future-proof VCAL

New toolkit launched to help future-proof VCAL

A new toolkit to help Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) educators and their students prepare for the changing world of work has been launched today by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) in partnership with the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network (BGKLLEN).

Officially launched at the Victorian Applied Learning Association 2018 Conference in Melbourne, the NWO in VCAL toolkit is designed to support educators in facilitating immersive learning experiences that build students’ skills and capacity beyond the classroom, and is mapped to the VCAL curriculum.  

FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM said the toolkit aimed to help students build the skills and capabilities they will need to thrive in a changing world of work, where every job will be transformed by automation.

“FYA’s New Work Order report series shows that to be ‘work smart’ in the future, young people will need to not only acquire foundation and technical skills, but be able to use these in increasingly entrepreneurial and creative ways, to be strong communicators and critical thinkers,” Ms Owen said.

“Up to 30% of young people aged 15-24 are unemployed or underemployed, and it takes an average of 4.7 years for young people to find full-time work after finishing full time education. Despite VCAL’s direct connection to industry, of the over 20,000 students enrolled recent data shows that many are not completing their units or able to find full time work.

“We must urgently transform our traditional education and training approaches and institutions into immersive learning partners. This toolkit is designed to help educators to do exactly that.”

BGKLLEN Executive Officer, Brendan O’Connell said the sector was excited to take the New Work Order insights into every VCAL classroom.

“This was a perfect match from the beginning. We had teachers who felt they needed to modernise their approach to guiding students into the workforce and FYA who had undertaken that exact research and were very excited about taking it into every VCAL classroom,” Mr O’Connell said.

“We have been overwhelmed by the uptake of the toolkit to date. We are only a few weeks into the new school year and already there are already thousands of students who will be undertaking the modules.”

Based on the insights and evidence of the New Work Order series, the toolkit is split into five learning modules, developed through a codesign process involving VCAL students, teachers and other community stakeholders who work with and for young people in VCAL environments.

In particular students will be supported to build the skills that enable them to be enterprising including creativity and innovation; confidence and agency; digital and financial literacy; critical thinking and problem solving skills; and communication and teamwork.

With practical, project-based learning resources, the toolkit supports students’ individual interests and abilities, allowing them to learn at their own pace and track their progress.

The NWO in the VCAL toolkit is available to download for free, via


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