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 behaviour management.
- Plan and deliver lessons/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?
The average salary for a Vocational Educator is $57,000 which can vary depending on experience and training.
How does a Vocational Educator get trained?
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At school by…
Doing year nine 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.
How do I get experience?
You will find year 10 work experience opportunities on the Structured Workplace Learning portal, asking your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask an educational employer for a voluntary work opportunity.
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