Get industry experience and connections delivering VET

Join the 2023 Industry Connect Program to update industry currency and networks with masterclasses, mentoring, placements and more.

Wednesday, 22 February 2023 at 5:22 am
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Vocational education teachers and trainers are invited to register for the 2023 Industry Connect program, which begins Monday 6 March 2023.

The 6-month program will focus on 12 priority Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways and connect you with industry experts, helping you gain valuable, up-to-date industry knowledge by attending:

  • industry-led forums
  • specialist masterclasses and events
  • industry mentoring and placements
  • a professional learning community
  • an industry breakfast
  • the VDC Teaching and Learning Conference, on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August 2023.

Sessions will be held on various weekdays during the school term, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Casual relief teacher funding is available to support Victorian Government school participants to attend.

Luke Scott's experience

Luke Scott, North Geelong Secondary College VET Hospitality and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Food Studies teacher, said taking part allowed him to update his industry currency.

'I was a chef 15 years ago,' Luke said.

'One of my dreams was to teach VET at school. I wanted to pass on my cooking knowledge.

'It's the hard part for all VET teachers – to demonstrate currency.'

Luke said the program provided that and more, as it gave him real industry exposure.

'I actually got to work in a bar for a shift or 2,' Luke explained. 'I picked up new skills, learned a lot and made good connections with the bar staff.'

In a further highlight, the program's hospitality industry forum brought Luke face to face with an idol.

'I was sitting there and Guy Grossi from Grossi Florentino was there, sharing his stories!'

Luke recommends the Industry Connect program to other VET teachers and trainers.

'It provides a great opportunity for old hats like me to get back in the industry and experience what's changed. It also ticks a box so you can keep teaching VET.'

Find out more

For further enquiries, contact the VET Development Centre: