Program Overview

Community VCAL refers to a form of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) that is tailored to the needs of students who have become disengaged from mainstream schooling or are considered to be at significant risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling.

This hands-on option for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 gives students practical work-related experience, literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build other important life and work skills.

Skillinvest offers Community VCAL in a friendly and flexible learning environment. Students can complete an Intermediate or Senior VCAL certificate and develop additional work and personal skills in areas that interest them.

Am I eligible?

To undertake Community VCAL at Skillinvest a referral form needs to be completed by the students’ current school attesting to their disengagement or risk of disengagement and need for an alternative program.

All students must be aged 16 years or above.

An interview is required for entry.

Why Skillinvest?

Skillinvest delivers Community VCAL in a flexible learning environment. Our VCAL course is underpinned by and delivered from a strength and skills-based perspective, with a practical, hands-on approach. This means it is does not operate with an exam or grades-oriented focus.


Successful completion of VCAL can provide a pathway to an apprenticeship, traineeship, employment or further study.


Training for VCAL consists of 3 classroom days per week, plus one day for VET subjects and one day for work placement (if applicable) in your preferred industry or trade. Class times are from 9am – 3pm.


  • All VCAL classes take place in our comfortable and welcoming learning environment situated at: 290 Thomas Street, Dandenong.
  • VET classes are held at our purpose-built Trade Training Facility for Building and Construction and Automotive certificates at: 89 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong
  • Hairdressing classes are run at our Salon Training Facility at: 290 Thomas Street, Dandenong.

VCAL Policies and Information for Students and Parents

General Information

VCAL Student and Parent Information Handbook

2018 VCAL Student Outcome Statistics

Making a report to Child Protection or Child FIRST

Community VCAL Newsletter – Term 1, 2020

Community VCAL Newsletter – Term 2, 2020

Policies and Procedures

VCAL Attendance Policy

VCAL Community Code of Conduct

VCAL Student Code of Conduct

VCAL Excursions and Activities Policy

VCAL Monitoring and Analysis of Student Results Policy

VCAL Student Administering of Medication Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Anaphylaxis Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Asthma Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Bullying (including Cyber Bullying) and Harassment Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Details and Records Policy and Procedure

VCAL Student Digital Devices Policy

VCAL Student Internet Use and Social Media Policy


Confidential Medical Information Disclosure Form

Medication Authority Form

VCAL Student Digital Devices, Internet Use and Social Media Agreement

VCAL Student Radius Form

VCAL Unsupervised Series Excursion Consent Form