Dear careers practitioners,
I just wanted to thank our valued school based partners for all their support throughout the 2019/2020 selection cycle. The inaugural December round, for domestic VCE and QCE applicants, enabled some 36,004 school leavers to have the certainty of an offer before the close of business 2019. The peace of mind granted to eligible applicants who received a December offer was greatly appreciated.
This year I do hope to meet with as many of you as I can and trust I will learn much from your lived experience of guiding students, principals and parents through the VTAC system.
Each year we undertake extensive market research with applicants and schools in gauging their user experience completing and submitting their VTAC application, with a focus on scholarships, SEAS, the course application and CourseSearch. This information goes toward better informing our practice and systems.
From 2020 we will no longer produce a VTAC Year 10 Guide or Year 11 and 12 Guide in print or online. We will be working on our website to enhance the experience for both applicants and schools. The information previously contained in our printed publications is accessible on the VTAC site and in our fact sheets and other online publications. Additional career exploration resources are available from the CEAV and the Department of Education and Training.
Feedback from applicants and schools tells us that young people are increasingly less likely to use printed publications or read long articles, and this shift away from printed, long-form resources allows us to better engage with our applicants on their terms. This change also addresses environmental concerns raised by schools in relation to the printing and distribution of paper publications.
I wish you a successful year and look forward to working with you in 2020.
Director, External Relations