Project 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 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 choose to complete a Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL certificate and develop additional work and personal skills in areas that interest them.

Am I eligible?

There are no pre-requisites or entry requirements to undertake VCAL or VET however all students must be between the ages of 15 – 19 years. 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 in your preferred industry or trade. Class times are from 9.15am – 2.45pm.


  • 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.
Skillinvest Victorian certificate of applied learning