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1 year full time
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Applications due 30 November 2018


Gain valuable workplace skills and confidence with a Certificate I in Work Education at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course is designed for young people with special learning needs. You’ll gain independence, community awareness, and an understanding of other courses you can go on to study. You’ll also improve your employment prospects and be more prepared to enter the workforce.

This course will give you an understanding of basic workplace expectations. We will support your special needs and help you to gain skills in:

  • job seeking and employability
  • personal management
  • teamwork and communication
  • basic literacy and numeracy
  • use of everyday technology.

You’ll learn though a combination of classroom learning, supported practical placement and vocational electives. You can gain hands-on experience in areas such as hospitality, manufacturing and retail.

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Gain independence, awareness and understanding of your further study options with Victoria Polytechnic's Certificate I in Work Education.


It is widely recognised that the more education you have completed, the more opportunities you’ll have in the job market. Studying at Victoria Polytechnic will improve your skills and confidence to help you transition into adult education or work.

This one-year pathway course will help you to enter the workforce and reach your career goals. You will be ready for entry-level employment (e.g. as a retail assistant), or further study or vocational training to gain employment.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education, a student must successfully complete a total of ten (10) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • three (3) electives which may be selected from:
  • units listed in the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education qualification;
  • units first packaged in Certificate I qualifications in endorsed training packages or accredited curriculum, and/or;
  • units first packaged in a ‘Course in..’ in accredited curriculum.

The outcomes of the 22302VIC Certificate I in Work Education are consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 1 and are listed below.

Developing knowledge of:

  • work related WHS procedures and requirements;
  • sources of information on a range of industries;
  • sources of information to identify the job seeking process and employment opportunities;
  • strategies for setting work related goals, and; 
  • education/training requirements for specific jobs.

Developing skills to: 

  • develop a personal vocational plan to explore different options; 
  • access information and resources to support achievement of vocational goals; 
  • apply strategies for self-development to support workplace participation, and; 
  • use technology to access information and resources to support vocational goals.

Application of skills and knowledge in highly structured, personally relevant and supported contexts.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Applicants must be recognised as having an intellectual disability or learning difficulty.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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