Students can undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) as part of a senior secondary certificate and its completion by the student provides credit towards both a recognised VET qualification and a senior secondary school certificate within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
VET operates through nationally endorsed training packages and nationally recognised accredited courses. It is quality assured under the VET Quality Framework and the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), a set of nationally agreed standards that ensure the quality and consistency of VET throughout Australia. Delivery, assessment, and the issuing of VET qualifications are carried out in partnership with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). All RTOs, and the qualifications and statements of attainment they issue, must meet the VET Quality Framework standards or the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards. These quality assurance arrangements and requirements apply to all VET and to all qualifications issued by VET providers.
Access to VET while undertaking secondary education provides students with opportunities to gain an industry recognised vocational qualification, or gain substantial progress towards gaining one, while also achieving their senior secondary certificate of education. It keeps their options open while also strengthening their pathways into a range of post-school opportunities.
Vocational Education and Training in the ACT
Useful information for students wishing to continue or commence their VET career after secondary school is available at Skills Canberra: https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/transitions-careers/vet-and-australian-school-based-apprenticeships/post-school-options and https://www.act.gov.au/skills/students.
One possible post-school pathway for Vocational Education and Training in the ACT is the:
Canberra Institute of Technology: http://cit.edu.au/
Vocational Education and Training pathways in New South Wales
In NSW, VET courses are delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including TAFE NSW and a range of private providers.
VET HSC courses have an optional exam that makes the course able to contribute to a student’s ATAR.
Smart and Skilled in NSW gives people the chance to gain the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers by enrolling in a government subsidised course with an approved training provider.
Australian Apprenticeships are available to school-leavers and offer a range of benefits. They combine training and employment and lead to a nationally recognised qualification.
See Training Services NSW also for more information.
Vocational Education and Training in the Northern Territory
Many students who gain the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) include some form of vocational education and training (VET) in their studies. This is just one way the NTCET gives insight into the various pathways available after school.
Visit the CDU website or the education.nt.gov.au website for more information.
Vocational Pathways in New Zealand
Youth Guarantee initiatives are about improving the transition from school to further study, work or training. They provide a wider range of learning opportunities, make better use of the education network, and clarify pathways from school.
The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment. Achieving NCEA Level 2 is the foundation for success in further education and the world of work. Level 3 builds upon this through shared opportunities across school, tertiary, and industry training. The Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.
For further information on Youth Guarantee initiatives and Vocational Pathways:
For information on Vocational Pathways Awards:
Vocational Education and Training in Queensland
Vocational education and training (VET) is an important part of senior schooling for many Queensland students. Approximately 60% of Queensland senior students achieve a VET qualification.
VET provides pathways for all young people, including those seeking further education and training and those seeking employment-specific skills, and may contribute to a QCE.
Students in Years 10–12 in Queensland may access VET through:
- a school, which is also a registered training organisation (RTO)
- a non-school RTO
- school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Information about vocational education and training (VET) courses available to students in Queensland can be obtained by contacting the relevant school or visiting www.training.gov.au.
Vocational Education and Training in South Australia
Many students who gain the SACE include some form of vocational education and training (VET) in their studies. This is just one way the SACE gives insight into the various pathways available after school.
Visit the TAFE SA website or the SACE website for more information.
Vocational Education and Training pathways is Tasmania
In Tasmania, vocational education and training (VET) is delivered by Senior Secondary Schools, TasTAFE and a range of private providers. Many students include some form of VET in their senior secondary studies, either in the form of a VET course or as a school based traineeship. Information about VET courses that can contribute towards the TCE can be found in the 2017 Course Information Handbook for years 11 and 12.
More information regarding post school VET qualifications and courses can be found at: Skills Tasmania or http://training.gov.au/
Vocational Education and Training pathways in Victoria
In Victoria, vocational education and training (VET) courses are provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including TAFES, schools and a range of private providers. The delivery method varies from direct delivery by the RTO through to delivery by teachers in the school under an auspice arrangement with the RTO.
Nationally recognised training from most industries can be included in a student’s VCE or VCAL. Information about VET courses and the recognition arrangements in the VCE and VCAL can be found on the VCAA website.
For VET pathways information post school refer to the Department of Education’s Vocations Education and Training page.
Vocational Education and Training pathways in Western Australia
VET is undertaken as an integral part of the WACE and provides students with a broad range of post-school options and pathways. For students not completing at least four ATAR courses, the successful completion of a Certificate II (or higher) AQF qualification is one of the minimum requirements for achievement of the WACE.
Information about VET recognition arrangements and offerings in the WACE can be found on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.
For post-secondary VET pathway information refer to the TAFEChoices.com website or the Career Centre WA website.