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​​​​Not sure where to start? We can help.

The Victorian Skills Gateway is your online guide to vocational training in Victoria. It will help you find the path that’s right for you with relevant information, handy hints, a searchable directory of training providers, also known as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across the state, and links to others sources of support.

Lots of adults are learning

If it’s been a long time since you’ve done any sort of training or study, you might be a little nervous about the thought of returning to a classroom. You might feel like you’ll be the only adult in the class or that you’re out of practice when it comes to study or training.

More and more adults are returning to training each year. In fact adult learners are the fastest growing group in vocational training. You’ll find people like yourself and students from every age group. Learning has become a life-long pursuit and many people find that they return to training after a break several times throughout their lives.

In 2011, 35 per cent of people in vocational training were
25 to 44 years of age; and 18 per cent were 45 to 64 years of age.
In other words, more than half of all of the people enrolled (53 per cent) didn't enrol in vocational training straight from secondary school.


Finding the right course

If you know what you’d like to do, you can search f​or courses. The search is easy to use and you don’t have to know the exact name of the course you’re interested in to get started.

You can also find courses by looking for an occupation you’re interested in and then looking at the related courses.

Once you have an idea of the course you’d like to do, you can see which training providers offer that course. Contact them directly and use the handy checklist to help you decide which training provider is right for you.

If you aren't sure if you are ready to start training at an RTO, Learn Local can be a great place to start. Learn Local organisations provide the chance to learn new skills through adult community education and training programs. They specialise in delivering training designed to help students to gain confidence and the fundamental skills that will lead to further training opportunities and employment. You can search for a Learn Local organisation in your area, hear stories from learners and see the type of courses that are available on the Learn Local website.

Career advice

If you’re trying to decide on a job or career options, The Victorian Skills Gateway is a great place to start.

Check out the list of skills shortage jobs to see where future job demand is likely to be.

Search for occupations to find job descriptions, case studies, Victorian job prospects, average salary figures and more.

And you can find more resources for careers advice in the Jobs and careers section of this website.

Get the detail

This site also features loads of related information to help you choose the right course including information about fees and financial support and tips for selecting an RTO. Look for these symbols for extra information:

  • Government-subsidised training available Government-subsidised funding is available to eligible people for this course.
  • Occupation in demand The Victorian Government forecasts that these occupations will be in demand over the next five year period to 2016.
  • Specialised occupation These are specialised occupations and require advanced skills and more training time.


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