Founded as a technical school in 1968, in a sense Peter Lalor College returned to its roots in 2011 when Peter Lalor Vocational College was created as a facility specialising in a vocational approach to learning for 15 to 19 year old students in the local area and the Northern suburbs. That year it transformed into a Senior Vocational College providing a hands-on learning experience via VCAL and a wide range of VET courses for male and female students in Years 10, 11 and 12, preparing young men and women for work, further education or training. Courses focus on the twin aims of supporting young people to find their calling in life and helping them to refine the skills and attributes which will enable them to live their best life. Peter Lalor Vocational College is the only mainstream government school in Victoria specialising in this field.
Facilities: Facilities include extensive ICT resources including classroom-based PC’s and two state-of-the-art Apple computer laboratories, together with tablet-based resources. Vocational resources include a Hair and Beauty Salon and an industrial kitchen. In 2013, Automotive and Building & Construction classes have been relocated to the new Outer Northern Trade Training Centre located on the south eastern corner of the site — a great new $6.4 million facility shared with other local schools.