Study Areas and Programs

We offer over 300 nationally-accredited courses across six campuses in central and northern Melbourne. Our programs include:

VET in Schools

This allows secondary school students to combine general VCE units and hands-on VET modules. Some advantages to students include:

  • Opportunities to get a 'taste' of their dream vocation
  • Improving overall ATAR score for entry into university
  • Guaranteed pathway to further study at Kangan Institute

To apply, contact your secondary school's VET in Schools coordinator.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

The VCE is the gateway to further studies or a real career. At Kangan Institute, we offer VCE with a difference, focusing on helping students complete their studies within a well-supported adult-learning environment and with the flexibility of full-time and part-time study options. Students can also complete some units with us while undertaking their VCE at another school - it will all count towards their final score.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The VCAL at Kangan Institute is a hands-on alternative to the VCE for 15 to 19 year old students and is designed to create an individual pathway to employment or further studies. The VCAL incorporates applied work skills, industry-based learning and job relevant literacy and numeracy skills.


Students who have left school without completing VCE or VCAL need not worry as a pre-apprenticeship may offer them another way into a trade.

It's a great study choice for students who want to increase their chances of securing an apprenticeship and in most cases, credits gained from this course often reduces the total length of the apprenticeship training.

Pre-apprenticeships and other pre-vocational programs are available across a range of study areas such as automotive, aviation, building and construction, electrical, engineering and furnishing. Students don't need an employer to start - simply enrol directly with Kangan Institute.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

Through SBATs, school or TAFE students studying the final year of VCE or VCAL can commence an apprenticeship or traineeship and gain credit towards their school studies by combining a part-time job and a VET course.

This means that graduates can transition straight into full-time employment as a second-year apprentice or trainee as soon as they complete their VCE or VCAL.

To apply:

Look for apprenticeship or traineeship vacancies in your chosen industry. You can do this by approaching an employer directly, contacting a Group Training Organisation (GTO) or speaking to your school's career advisor who will contact your local Workplace Learning Coordinator for a huge variety of opportunities.

After securing an employer, the student (and parent/guardian, if under 18 years) will sign a training contract with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC).

A training plan will then be negotiated with your school and Kangan Institute (as the registered training organisation.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way for students to earn while they learn. Training can be completed on-the-job (workplace), off-the-job (at Kangan Institute) or as a combination of both. The end result is a nationally-recognised qualification.

Traineeships may be as short as six months or up to two years. Apprenticeships are usually three or four years, or sometimes longer. They can be done on either a full-time or part-time basis.

To apply:

  • Start by choosing your area of interest.
  • Find a suitable employer who's willing to employ you as an Australian Apprentice. You may like to contact a group training organisation on 1800 819 747 for help.
  • Your employer arranges for an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) consultant to take care of your training contract and offer advice and information.
  • Enrol in the appropriate course of study with Kangan Institute and your trainer will help you design a training plan

Certificates I to IV

Certificate I entry-level courses provide learners with basic skills for employment while higher certificate levels allow students to take a more in-depth approach within their desired field and may include paid apprenticeship and traineeship programs.

Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

These qualifications are ideal for learners who'd like to progress into supervisory roles. These qualifications often feature guaranteed pathways into further study at university.

Brenton Hands

Certificate III in Heavy Vehicle graduate "Through my apprenticeship, I've learnt everything from rebuilding engines to the diagnosis of why something isn't working. At Kangan Institute, all the teachers are experienced in their respective fields and they were easily accessible. For me personally, it was a much easier way to learn.

At the workplace, being able to learn about your job through hands-on experience for me is much easier than reading a document with instructions and just having an idea of what you're going to be working on. Working with people who know about machinery is much more beneficial to me."