Geelong has grown into an education hub. With growing schools, University and TAFE training capacity, Education and Training is the third fastest growing employer in our region. Overall numbers of teachers and trainers are up 17.2%, since 2011, and 37.3% since 2006. Some careers, like early childhood education, have grown 76.03% since 2006.
What does a Vocational Educator do?
- Teach hands on workplace related subjects
- Teach vocational education classes for students of all ages.
- Facilitate learning in various vocational educational settings including TAFEs, Technical Education Centres located in secondary schools, VET classes, and Adult Education Settings.
- Learning Plan management.
- Student learning and behavior management.
- Plan and deliver lessons and units of work.
What do I need to be good at?
- Working with learners of all ages.
- Understanding and teaching your key VET subject area(s).
- Good applied learning practice
- Problem solving
- Following process and meeting education outcomes.
- Working in an education team.
- Working with parents (in school settings).
How much does a Vocational Educator get paid?
Graduate teacher starts at around $50,166 and progresses to around $95,628 depending on experience and training.
How does a Vocational Educator get trained?
At school by
- Doing a year 10 work experience with an employer in careers that teach.
- Starting a school based apprenticeship in your trade
At TAFE or other registered training organisation by
- Completing a trade Certificate IV.
- Completing a Certificate IV in adult education and training (takes around six months).
- You can take an undergraduate or post graduate degree at university in education, or applied learning secondary school education.
Where are the jobs for Vocational Educator?
How do I get experience?
At school, look for year 10 work experience opportunities. Ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator about a Year 11 /Year 12 Structured Workplace learning placement. For examples check out the Education Department Website.
Left school or seeking a new career in this trending industry?
You can ask a careers that teach employer, like your local school, after school program or early childhood education provider for a voluntary work opportunity. You will need a working with children’s check.
Keep an eye on Geelong Careers for traineeship or apprenticeships opportunities. Experience will help you stand out. And don’t forget the Volunteering Geelong website.
What does this job lead to?
Vocational educators often come from specialized areas and complete a teaching Certificate, Diploma, Degree or Graduate Degree before undertaking teaching, With further training, qualified Vocational Education teachers can become specialists in:
- Student welfare
- Education leadership
- Primary or secondary school teaching
- University lecturing