Head Start, which launched in 2019, set out to deliver an estimated 1,700 apprenticeships and traineeships in over 100 secondary schools in ten locations across Victoria. As at October 2021 over 1,300 students have signed on to a Head Start pathway in building and construction, community services and health, business services, an primary industries.

Head Start students spend more time doing important, paid, on-the-job training while completing their VCE or VCAL at school.

The program helps students to develop skills and experience that employers value. Head Start helps students to get the best start in their career.

To find out more email head.start@education.vic.gov.au.




  1. Getting a career Head Start

    Learn more about this new education pathway for secondary school students that complements school-based education.

  2. Running a Head Start program

    Advice and guidance for schools to run and manage apprenticeships and traineeships for secondary school students


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