VCAL Foundation

VCAL Foundation

The VCAL Foundation course is only offered in a few TAFE Institutions across Victoria. The Foundation level is generally offered to young people who have learning, social and/or emotional difficulties or who have had trouble coping with the traditional education system.

The VCAL Foundation offers students a chance to experience a range of vocational and skills development which will assist with basic living skills and employment.

The guidelines for the VCAL Foundation program may vary from one TAFE Institution to another, however, in most TAFEs students must:

  • Be at least 15 years, with a preference for those aged 16 years and older.
  • Have specific learning needs associated with intellectual or learning disabilities/difficulties
  • Demonstrate the potential and desire for employment
  • Have the ability or potential to travel independently and undertake program activities

The VCAL Foundation program is generally 37 weeks full-time, and is divided into four main areas, incuding:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Work Related Skills
  • Industry Specific Skills

The programs offered for the Industry Specific Skills strand will vary widely between each TAFE Institution. The range of VET options can include automotive, engineering, information technology, hospitality, retail, horticulture, hairdressing, child care, sport and recreation, art and craft and a variety of trades including furnishing, plastering, tile-laying, glass and glazing and painting and decorating.

The Work Related Skills strand offers students the opportunity to undertake a structured work placement, part-time work, work experience, volunteer work or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Students who successfully complete the VCAL Foundation program may move onto the following courses:

  • Certificate I in Work Education
  • Certificate In Transition Education
  • VCAL Intermediate or VCAL Senior
  • Any Vocational course at level I or II

The following training providers currently offer the VCAL Foundation Program.
Drop Down links for each education provider or region

Metropolitan Melbourne


Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Foundation VCAL
Chadstone Campus
Address: Cnr Batesford Road & Warrigal Road, Chadstone VIC 3148
Phone: 03 9564 2067
Email: [email protected]

Moorabbin Campus
Address: 488 South Road, Moorabbin, VIC 3189
Phone: 03 9564 2067
Email: [email protected]

CAE – Council of Adult Education
Foundation VCAL
Address: 253 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: www.cae.edu.au
Phone: 03 9652 0719
Email: [email protected]

Kangan Institute
Foundation VCAL & Give It A Go Program
Broadmeadows campus
Address: Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows VIC 3047
Website: www.kangan.edu.au
Phone: 03 9279 2222 or 13 TAFE (8233)
Email: [email protected]

Richmond Campus
Address: 85 Cremorne Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Website www.kangan.edu.au
Phone: 03 9279 2222 or 13 TAFE (8233)
Email: [email protected]

NMIT
Foundation VCAL General is offered through the Youth Unit in Heidelberg. Additional VCAL Programs are delivered at various campuses across NMIT.
Address: Cnr Waterdale Road and Bell Street, Heidelberg VIC 3081
Website: www.nmit.edu.au
Phone: 03 9269 8665
Email: [email protected]


North Western Victoria


Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
Foundation VCAL
Mildura Campus
Address: 453 Benetook Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500
Website www.sunitafe.edu.au
Phone: 03 5022 3666
Email: [email protected]

Swan Hill Campus
Address: 64 Sea Lake Swan Hill Road, Swan Hill VIC 3585
Website: www.sunitafe.edu.au
Phone: 03 5036 0220
Email: [email protected]


Eastern Victoria


Gippsland TAFE
Foundation VCAL
Warragul Campus
Address: 116-118 Queen Street, Warragul VIC 3820
Website: www.gippstafe.vic.edu.au
Phone: 03 5622 8500
Email: [email protected]

Yallourn Campus
Address: Monash Road, Newborough VIC 3825
Website: www.gippstafe.vic.edu.au
Phone: 03 5127 0277
Email: [email protected]


Northern Victoria


Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE
Foundation VCAL Youth Access
Bendigo City Campus
Address: 23 Mundy Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Website: www.bendigotafe.edu.au
Phone: 1300 554 248
Email: [email protected]

Echuca Campus
Address: Cnr Hare Street & Darling Street, Echuca VIC 3564
Website: www.bendigotafe.edu.au
Phone: 1300 554 248
Email: [email protected]

Castlemaine Campus
Address: 65-67 Templeton Street, Castlemaine VIC 3456
Website: www.bendigotafe.edu.au
Phone: 1300 554 248
Email: [email protected]

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Foundation VCAL
Shepparton Campus
Address: 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton VIC 3630
Website: www.gotafe.vic.edu.au
Phone: 1300 468233
Email: [email protected]

Seymour Campus
Address: Wallis Street, Seymour VIC 3660
Website: www.gotafe.vic.edu.au
Phone: 1300 468233
Email: [email protected]

Wodonga TAFE
Foundation VCAL
Address: 87 McKoy Street, Wodonga West VIC 3690
Website (http://www.wodongatafe.edu.au/courses/victorian-certificate-of-applied-learning-%28vcal%29.aspx)
Phone: 1300 69 8233
Email: [email protected]