Education & Training

Vocational Education & Training Lecturer

Vocational education & training lecturers teach courses that train students for future careers or help people re-enter the workforce.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Vocational Education & Training Lecturer do?

Vocational education and training (VET) lecturers teach courses that train students for future careers or help people enter or re-enter the workforce.


Work activities

VET lecturers may perform the following tasks:

  • plan and prepare lessons and seminars
  • interpret training packages and produce resources for use in teaching
  • teach students in classrooms or workshops
  • provide both theory and practical training through lectures, discussions, practical demonstrations and supervision
  • monitor students' progress
  • mark exams and assignments and assess completed projects
  • keep student records, and order supplies of materials to be used in teaching
  • supervise work placements and field trips.

Key skills and interests

To become a VET lecturer, you would need:

  • strong skills and ability in your chosen field
  • good organisational skills
  • the ability to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
  • to enjoy working with young and older adults
  • patience and maturity
  • acceptance of the rights and needs of individual students.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Your working hours would vary depending on the type of courses you were teaching. You would usually work a standard number of hours, but this may include evenings. Part-time and hourly-paid jobs, along with fixed short-term contracts, are becoming more common.


Vet lecturers teach at registered training organisations (RTOs), TAFE colleges, private VET colleges and community colleges.


How to become an Vocational Education & Training Lecturer?

Entry Level Education

To become a VET Lecturer you usually need a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, current industry skills relevant to the subject you want to teach and appropriate vocational skills at least to the level of those you want to teach, This could be a trade, profession, craft or other vocational area.

In addition to a VET qualification, a bachelor's degree or more advanced tertiary qualification in adult, vocational and workplace learning; tertiary teaching; or education, specialising in applied learning, is recommended for full-time staff, and may be required for some jobs.


Job outlook

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Employment of VET lecturers is projected to decline.

A number of State governments are making significant changes to their vocational education and training systems. These changes will impact the way government-run VET colleges are funded. As a result, employment opportunities in these organisations are expected to decline,

Opportunities will be available in private colleges and companies offering VET level courses, although these organisations may not offer the wide range of courses available in the government run system.


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