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The Hon. James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education

The Hon. James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier,
Minister for Education,
Minister for Emergency Services

Congratulations on reaching your final years of secondary school. This is an exciting time and the choices you make will help shape your future education and career opportunities.

Your senior secondary years are a wonderful opportunity for you to explore your potential, discover new interests and develop skills that will empower you to learn throughout your life. Victoria is committed to Education State initiatives that are making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to thrive, grow and succeed.

Whether you plan to enrol in university, complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, or enter the workforce, this booklet will help you choose a path that is right for you.

You can choose from two senior secondary qualifications – the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). You can also undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate or school-based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of your VCE and VCAL.

All Victorian education certificates are valuable and recognise the learning and skills you have gained. Discuss your options with your teachers, family and friends so you make the right choices to achieve your future goals.

I also encourage you to read the stories in this booklet from students who have recently completed VCE, VCAL, VET or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. The variety of their chosen pathways shows what is possible through the flexible learning opportunities available to you. Furthermore, their experiences and advice can help you decide what you want to study and provide you with practical tips for success.

I wish you all the best for the future in your senior school years and beyond.


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