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Vocational Education and Training (VET) lecturer

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Summary of occupation

Vocational education and training lecturers teach one or more subjects to students attending training institutions such as TAFE and private registered training organisations. They develop and write course content and present lectures, as well as planning and conducting tutorials, seminars, workshops and other practical teaching activities. VET lecturers also prepare and mark assignments, examinations and other course work, advise students on their course work, and undertake administrative tasks. They may also serve an advisory role in the industry or field in which they teach. VET lecturers work all over the state, in educational institutions in regional centres from the South West to the Kimberley.

ANZSCO description: Teaches one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a technical and further education (TAFE) institute, polytechnic or other training institute to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes.
Alternative names: Vocational Education Teacher
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A VET lecturer needs:

  • strong written and oral communication skills
  • expertise in their field or industry
  • leadership and motivational ability
  • organisational skills
  • to be able to offer practical advice
  • a passion for and commitment to teaching
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Working conditions

VET lecturers work in the offices, lecture theatres, workshops and classrooms of vocational education and training institutions. They usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work later if their classes are scheduled for late afternoons or early mornings. They are usually required to offer competency-based training in their area of expertise, which includes both practical and theoretical learning in a simulated or real workplace environment. They may be employed on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Full-time VET lecturers usually work on-campus most of the work week, whereas part-time lecturers may be on campus only during those times that they are teaching. VET teachers who do not train full-time may also work in the field in which they lecture.

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Salary details

On average, vocational education and training (VET) lecturers can expect to earn between $1,500 and $1,749 per week ($78,000 and $90,999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

VET lecturers use computers, and especially word processing, power point and spreadsheet or data management software. They use overhead projectors and other audio-visual equipment in lectures and tutorials. They may also demonstrate the use of other equipment that is used specifically in their field of expertise.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a vocational education and training (VET) lecturer you usually require significant practical or industry experience in your chosen field. However, the required qualification for all VET lecturers is the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. VET lecturers who do not hold this qualification must complete it within two years of commencing their employment.

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and My Skills to find a registered provider near you.

To work as a VET lecturer in Western Australia, you will need to obtain a Working with Children Check from the Department of Communities and undergo a National Police History Check conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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