Technical Education Centre

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Technical Education Centres (TEC) are purpose built centres for the delivery of practical secondary school and vocational education programs on a TAFE campus in the state of Victoria, Australia. They aim to attract young people 16–19 years of age to provide trade skills training while they complete a secondary school certificate. Each TEC is administered by the TAFE Institute it is a part of.[1]

The Centres offer courses in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels with trade streams and various pre-apprenticeship and pre-vocational courses in trade skills such as bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, painting, plumbing and shop fitting.[1]

TECs are located at Berwick and Heidelberg in suburban Melbourne, and Ballarat and Wangaratta in regional Victoria.

  • Ballarat TEC was established as part of the University of Ballarat, at the SMB campus, Lydiard Street South.[2]
  • Berwick TEC was established at Chisholm Institute of TAFE, at the Berwick campus. Centre completed in 2009.[3] A new trade careers centre worth $26 million associated with the TEC was announced in the 2011 State Budget in May.[4]
  • Wangaratta TEC was established at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, at the Wangaratta campus in Docker Street. Initial enrolments of 170 students exceeded expectations. Centre opened in 2007.[5]
  • Heidelberg TEC was established at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), at the Heidelberg campus. The $8million Heidelberg Technical Education Centre was opened in May 2010.[6]

The Vocational College at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, while not classified as a TEC, offers a similar range of opportunities.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Skills Victoria, Technical Education Centres Archived 23 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Skills Victoria website. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ Trade school to open, The (Ballarat) Courier, 7 March 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2011
  3. ^ Vincent Crisp Architects, Berwick Technical Education Centre Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 27 September 2011
  4. ^ Peter Strachan, Building a future at Berwick's Chisholm Institute Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Berwick Leader, 11 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011
  5. ^ Chee Chee Leung, Enrolment high at new tech college, The Age, 6 September 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2011
  6. ^ Karen Poh, $8m Heidelberg West centre to teach trade skills Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Heidelberg Leader, 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2011