Celebrating Excellence At The VCAL Achievement Awards

The State’s top Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students have been celebrated at an awards ceremony held at Deakin Edge in Federation Square.

Minister for Education James Merlino presented VCAL Achievement Awards to young people who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and made a significant contribution to their schools and communities.

The Awards also recognise the contribution of VCAL teachers and partner organisations in the development and delivery of innovative VCAL programs.

This year there were 36 award recipients from across Victoria, recognised for their achievements in 22 categories, ranging from fundraising to community outreach and environmental projects.

The VCAL Achievement Awards highlight the opportunities for practical learning available to Victorian students that will set them up for a wide range of future pathways.

Since it was introduced in 2002, VCAL has kept many young Victorians engaged in education and training, helping them to build strong links with the community and to connect with training providers, industry and local businesses.

The popularity of VCAL is demonstrated by the continued growth in the number of enrolled students. In 2018, there were 24,302 enrolments in VCAL and 468 providers.

VCAL is a hands-on option that gives students practical work experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills.

It enables them to undertake structured workplace learning, providing them with a chance to work as part of a team and apply their knowledge from the classroom.

It prepares students for apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and employment.

For more information about the VCAL Achievement Awards visit: vcaa.vic.edu.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Congratulations to all those who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in the VCAL program.

“VCAL opens doors for students and provides them with real world skills that set them up for future success, no matter which pathway they choose.”

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