How to become a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

Vocational Education and Training (VET) lecturers teach vocational courses connected with specific industries and areas of work to help people enter or re-enter the workforce. VET lecturers teach subjects in which they have specialist knowledge, skills and experience, such as building and construction, business and commerce, commercial photography, hairdressing, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, retail, music, art, science, engineering and areas of health. Some VET lecturers teach in non-industry specific areas such as languages, literacy and general workplace preparation.

Personal requirements of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

  • enthusiasm for, and ability in, their chosen field
  • good organisational skills
  • able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
  • enjoy working with young and older adults
  • patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and from different cultures
  • acceptance of the rights and needs of individual students.

Education & Training for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

To become a VET lecturer, you usually need an appropriate qualification and/or experience in the field that you wish to teach in. This could be a trade, profession, craft or vocational area. Once you have qualifications or experience in your subject area, entry to this occupation may be improved with teaching or training qualifications. A VET qualification in training and assessment, training design and development, or vocational education and training is required to teach accredited training. VET institutes will often support casual and part-time staff in obtaining these qualifications. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education. In addition to a VET qualification, a tertiary qualification in adult, vocational and workplace learning; tertiary teaching; or education, specialising in applied learning, is recommended for full-time staff. A number of institutions in Australia offer courses in these areas at bachelor degree and postgraduate levels. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.

Duties & Tasks of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

VET lecturers:

  • research and write a syllabus which covers everything to be taught in a course
  • interpret training packages, prepare lessons and produce resources such as typed notes, diagrams, demonstrations and model patterns for use in teaching
  • teach students in classrooms or workshops, providing theory and practical training through lectures, discussions, practical demonstrations and supervision
  • assess students by setting and marking exams and assignments and evaluating completed projects
  • carry out administrative tasks, such as keeping student records, arranging timetables and ordering supplies of materials to be used in teaching
  • counsel and advise students with career or personal problems, or refer them to counsellors
  • attend meetings and serve on committees, or liaise with the community and industry.

Working conditions for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

VET lecturers may teach courses during the day, at night and on weekends. They need to constantly revise their own knowledge of their subject area and conduct industry and student surveys to ensure that course content and teaching methods are up to date.

Employment Opportunities for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer

VET lecturers work at VET institutes, regional colleges, private colleges, corporate training centres, and increasingly, in workplaces. Each VET institute is responsible for the employment of its own lecturers.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 31.2%

NT 0.8%

QLD 18.1%

SA 6.8%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 27.3%

WA 12.1%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 49%

Female 51%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 6.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 3.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 19.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 24.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 26.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 24.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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