VET in Schools' refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses undertaken as part of a senior secondary certificate.
VET in Schools courses allow you to earn credit towards a recognised VET qualification, while you complete the general education curriculum for your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE).
With VET in Schools, you can:
- combine a vocational pathway with your SSCE studies
- work towards a Certificate I, II or III, or sometimes even a Certificate IV qualification
- keep your options open to pursue further vocational education (such as courses at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute), or move into higher education (such as undertaking courses at university).
The qualification or the credit towards a qualification is recognised by industry across Australia under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Some VET in Schools students are Australian School-based Apprentices.
VET in Schools courses are offered in a wide range of areas, from plumbing and financial services to hospitality and hairdressing. The best way to find out about your options is to contact your school's VET coordinator or career adviser. You can also find more information at http://training.com.au/ .
Vocational Education and Training
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses (Board Developed or Board Endorsed) are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate. They enable students to study courses which are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school destinations. These courses allow students to gain both Higher School Certificate qualifications and accreditation with industry and the workplace as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The national framework is recognised across Australia and helps students to move easily between the various education and training sectors and employment. These courses each have a specific workplace component and a minimum number of hours students spend in the workplace or a simulated workplace at school. Students receive special documentation showing the competencies gained.
Work placement is not work experience. Each student is expected to perform and observe industry practice at an appropriate level. The Work placement program centres on the enhancement of competencies learnt/practised at school or TAFE. Failure to complete work placement will result in an N determination.
You need to be aware that work placement and TAFE attendance involves a considerable time.
A 2 unit VET course can go towards the ATAR.
TAFE Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Courses are practical, employment-orientated courses. They are run by the TAFE colleges. Students attend TAFE colleges for their lessons and are taught by TAFE teachers.
Four of the TVET courses being offered i.e. Accounting, Automotive, Information Technology, Tourism, Business Services and Administration can go towards the HSC and can be included in the ATAR. The other TAFE options are 2 units over 1 year and therefore do not go towards the HSC but can satisfy preliminary or HSC requirements.
VET Course Information
Ms Helene Jacobs and Mrs Susanne Thompson advise Year 10 students and their parents and carers that information relating to the choice of VET courses can be found in the three files below. Part A inludes VET course information, Part B contains VET brochures and finally, Part C contains information on other VET Options: