There is a critical shortage of qualified Design and Technologies teachers throughout Victoria, especially in rural and regional schools. If you have qualifications or experience in a relevant industry or trade - for example furniture design, engineering or fashion design - it’s a great time to consider retraining for a career in Technologies education.
Want to know what it’s like to be a Design & Technologies teacher?
You can browse all initial teacher education and post-graduate courses with a Design & Technologies method HERE.
Following the closure of the Bachelor of Technology Education course at La Trobe University, there are limited opportunities for trade/industry professionals to retrain as Design & Technologies teachers in schools here in Victoria.
However, Southern Cross University has shifted the bulk of teaching for their Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Education online, and it's a great option for anyone without an undergraduate degree who wants to retrain for a career in secondary school education. For more information, visit their website.
The Safe Use of Machinery for Technologies Teaching
To teach in the Wood/Metal areas in government schools, you are required to have ‘Safe Use of Machinery’ accreditation (22454VIC). It is also highly recommended that teachers in Catholic and Independent schools complete this course. Your employer will likely arrange for you to undertake this course when you start teaching.
The Safe Use of Machinery course (22454VIC) is a four-day course that accredits teachers in the following areas:
General OH&S requirements related to the Technologies learning area
Accreditation in the safe use of Woodworking static machinery
Accreditation in the safe use of Metalworking static machinery
This purpose of this course isn’t to provide initial training in the use of these machines, but to check that teachers are experienced and can use machinery safely within a classroom setting.
The following providers are currently approved to run these courses:
Teaching in the TAFE Sector
TAFEs are institutions which provide a range of predominantly vocational courses. While a post graduate qualification in teaching is required to teach the Design & Technologies curriculum in schools, TAFEs require a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Many Victorian TAFEs are offering scholarships to industry experts to gain a qualification to teach at TAFE. For more information, visit the Department of Education & Training’s TAFE and Training website.
Some of the VET courses related to the Design & Technologies Field are: