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VALBEC

Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council.


VATME

Victorian Association of Teaching and Multicultural Education.


VCAL

(Victoria) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.


VCE

(Victoria) Victorian Certificate of Education. See also Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.


VEAC

Vocational Education and Assessment Centre, a research centre based at Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE.


VECO

Vocational Education Community Online (http://www.veco.ash.org.au), a website for people involved in vocational education and training in schools, especially structured workplace learning program co-ordinators.


VEET

Vocational Education Employment and Training. See Vocational Education and Training.


VEETAC

Vocational Education, Employment and Training Advisory Committee, a committee that superseded the Commonwealth/State Training Advisory Committee (COSTAC), and was itself replaced by the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA).

On Friday 22nd October 2004, the Prime Minister announced that, from 1 July 2005, the responsibilities and functions of the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) would be transferred to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST).


VEGAS

See Vocational and Educational Guidance for Aboriginals Scheme.


VET

See Vocational Education and Training.

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VET in Schools

Allows school students to combine vocational studies with their general education curriculum. Students participating in VET in Schools continue to work towards their secondary school certificate. The vocational educational and training component of their studies gives them credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification. In this way, participants can keep their options open to pursue further full-time or part-time vocational training or to move into tertiary studies after school.


VETAB

(New South Wales) Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board.


VETEC

(Queensland) Vocational Education, Training and Employment Commission.


VISNET

Vocational Education and Training in Schools Electronic Network.


VLC

Virtual Learning Community.


VOCED

(also called: Vocational Education and Training Research Database) An online database (http://www.voced.edu.au/index.htm) produced and maintained by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), providing access to published and unpublished information regarding vocational education and training research and policy and practice in Australia and internationally, with particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. All materials included in the database are available through the National Vocational Education and Training Clearinghouse Information Network.


VQA

(Victoria) Victorian Qualifications Authority. State accreditation and registration body of Victoria.


VTAC

See Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.


VTAS

Vocational Training Assistance Scheme.


VTB

Vocational Training Board.

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VTE

Vocational and Technical Education; see Vocational Education and Training.


VTET
Vocational and Technical Education and Training; see Vocational Education and Training.
VTO

Vocational Training Order.


Validation
  1. In research etc., a process for confirming the correctness or soundness of information or findings.
  2. In quality assurance, an external process of verifying that an organisation satisfies the criteria for quality endorsement.

Validity

The soundness of the interpretation and use of the results of an assessment.


Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

(VTAC) A centralised admissions centre for most undergraduate university and TAFE courses in Victoria.


Vocational Education and Training

(VET) Post-compulsory education and training, excluding degree and higher level programs delivered by higher education institutions, that provides people with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills. VET also includes programs that provide the basis for subsequent vocational programs. Alternative terms used internationally include: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VTET), Technical and Vocational Education (TVE), Vocational and Technical Education (VTE), and Further Education and Training (FET).


Vocational Education and Training Provider

(VET Provider) An organisation that delivers vocational education and training programs. In Australia, the providers of vocational education and training comprise the State and Territory TAFE systems, adult and community education providers, agricultural colleges, the VET operations of some universities, schools, private providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, and commercial and enterprise training providers. See also Registered Training Organisation (RTO).


Vocational Education and Training Research Database

See VOCED.


Vocational and Educational Guidance for Aboriginals Scheme

(VEGAS) A scheme under the Indigenous Education Direct Assistance Program that funds projects to improve retention rates of indigenous students and provide information about further education, training and employment options.

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Vocational education

Education designed to develop occupational skills. See also Vocational Education and Training.


Vocational placement

See Work placement.


Vocational programs

Programs intended to develop skills of relevance to the workplace. Defined as those courses/qualifications with vocational intent and those modules/units of competency enrolments not associated with a course/qualification with vocational intent.


Voice Recognition

Voice recognition software takes spoken voice and converts it into text and computer commands. Many people find this useful, including people who cannot physically use a keyboard and those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Commonly used programs include Dragon Naturally Speaking and IBM Via Voice.


Voucher

An entitlement to education or training issued to a student and redeemable for the course and provider of the student's choice. Voucher systems are used in some overseas countries as a means of funding education or training.

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