VCAL is an alternative, ‘hands on’ pathway for students in Year 11 and 12 that provides a more practical and work-focussed experience.

The review will make reform recommendations to improve the transition between school and higher education or work.

The VCAL review will also look at helping students make more informed decisions about their pathways, the State Government said.

“Nearly half a million new jobs have been created by the investments and major projects delivered by this government,” state education minister James Merlino said.

“We need to make sure that school students have the training to benefit from these jobs.

“Victorian students should be able to get the best training and skills at school to position them for their future jobs and lives.”

More than 20,000 students enrolled in VCAL last year.

The review will be led by John Firth, former CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

“Students, families and employers must be able to trust the quality of vocational and applied learning,” Firth said.

“That’s what this Review will look at, and that’s what these reforms will deliver.” 

The final report will be completed in May 2020.