This article examines and explains some of the curriculum and assessment practices that allow for VET in schools (VETiS) programs in the state of Victoria, to be recognised and incorporated into the senior secondary school certificates through the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). It draws on a selection of policy, curriculum, operational and research literature and statistical data on participation to discuss aspects of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victorian secondary schools. After setting out the two curriculum frameworks, the article reviews the strategy and processes for the tandem usage of competency-based and scored assessment as they apply in the Victorian context. The purpose of the article is to show the complexities and open up the balancing act that is occurring at the operational and policy levels between equity and quality.
This volume contains the paper of the 6th International Conference of the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship: Architectures for apprenticeship: Achieving economic and social goals, which was held on the campus of Federation University Australia, on September 1-2, 2015. The papers and keynote speeches offer many aspects for discussion and reflection. This was also the case at the conference itself, which provided two days of topical debates and fruitful deliberations. The papers covered the themes of Governance, Didactics, Quality of Apprenticeships, School-to-work transition, the status of Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeships and Social justice.