Head Start

Head Start is a new and flexible approach to apprenticeships and traineeships for school students. 

Designed in consultation with industry, the program helps students kickstart their career by developing the hands-on skills and experience that employers need. Students spend more time doing valuable, paid, on-the-job training while completing their VCE or VCAL at school.

Head Start students generally undertake one day a week paid employment in Year 10, two days a week in Year 11, and three days a week in Year 12 (which can be completed over two years).  

There are 10 clusters of participating schools across Victoria working to deliver Head Start in partnership with employers and training providers.

The Head Start program ensures:

  • Strong support for students and employers
  • Quality training through TAFEs and Skills First contracted providers
  • Career pathways for students into priority industries
  • Payment of a fair training wage
  • VCE or VCAL completion
  • Completion of a trade qualification, or significant progress towards that goal