Get a trade skill in Australia to take you further. We offer certificates, diplomas and short courses to international students in building and construction, hospitality, beauty, plumbing and more to help get you started.
We are focused on the delivery of apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, skills recognition and other programs tailored to industry needs.
Study Trades at VU
The VU Way is a contemporary approach to study. Our multi-award winning Blended Model incorporates face-to-face training and support, flexible self-paced learning and practical work-based application.
Facilities & industry partnerships
Our purpose-built learning spaces feature the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. You'll gain hands-on learning experiences using actual workplace equipment and modern technologies including humanoid robots, simulation equipment and virtual reality.
Our current industry connections include the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Western Health, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, CISCO, Victoria Transport Association, Crown Melbourne, Contiki and Quest Apartment Hotels and CPB John Holland (West Gate Tunnel Project).
As our courses are work-focused, our graduates are well regarded by employers and frequently find career opportunities through placement and industry connections.
During my time with VU I gained the opportunity to enter the WorldSkills Australia competition twice, and competed in the welding category. In 2014 I finished 10th in Australia and in 2016 I finished 3rd in Australia.
I chose to study at VU Polytechnic because of its strong industry connections and the superb facilities, including the student-run hairdressing and beauty salon and dermal therapy salon.