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Preparing Secondary Students for Work

What is vocational learning?


What is vocational learning?

Vocational learning helps secondary students explore the world of work, identify career options and pathways, and build career development skills. Vocational learning is also delivered within the broader school curriculum.

Career education is an important part of vocational learning for students and describes the range of strategies or programs in schools that support career development. This includes equipping young people to make effective decisions about subject choice, pathways through school and post-school destinations including further education, training or work.


Key elements for enhanced career education

The working lives of today’s young people will be constantly evolving and changing. Students will need to be flexible and responsive in order to successfully navigate their chosen career path. Schools must equip students with relevant skills, knowledge and capabilities to make informed work and study choices throughout their lives.

To support this the Key elements for enhanced career education for students has been developed to assist schools to implement strategies that help students to develop the skills and knowledge required to make effective career related decisions.



These documents have been developed at the national level. States and territories may have more specific terms they use in relation to career education in their jurisdiction. These documents serve as a guide only. Click on the links below to access the resources.


Key elements for enhanced career education for students (Doc X)

Key elements for enhanced career education for students (PDF)


Career education terminology (Doc X)

Career education terminology (PDF)


Career education self-assessment tool for schools

The Career education self-assessment tool has been designed to assist schools consider the key elements of a contemporary career education program that meets the needs of students. The tool can be used to complement and enhance existing career education frameworks and resources. Completing the tool will enable you to determine areas for improvement and identify further actions that will support delivery of quality career education to support secondary students. The tool will provide guidance on good practice and will direct you to additional supporting information based on your responses against each section.


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