VET in School

Students can do Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs as part of their VCE or VCAL. These programs include VET in Schools, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and pre-apprenticeships. They are designed to:

  • provide a vocational qualification as well as a senior secondary certificate
  • provide courses that are motivating and engaging for many young people
  • expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students
  • link schools to industry and training providers
  • help meet industry needs
  • prepare young people for the workplace of the future.

VET in Schools provides a vocationally oriented program leading to a secondary school certificate: the VCE or the VCAL. It also offers credit towards a nationally recognised VET certificate.

For more information, see: VET in Schools

VET programs and the VCE

VCE VET programs are included in the VCE and offer credit at Units 1 and 2 level and Units 3 and 4 level.

For more information, see: Frequently Asked Questions – VCE VET Programs

For a summary of the VCE VET programs, see: VCE VET Programs – VCAA

Pre-apprenticeship programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs provide a pathway to full-time apprenticeships in selected industries and are available to senior secondary school students.

For more information, see: Pre-apprenticeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are distinct pathways within VET in Schools that combine part-time employment, school and training.

For more information, see: School Based Apprenticeships

Workplace learning programs

Students can access a variety of workplace learning activities while they are still at school. This helps students develop a realistic understanding of work life. Workplace learning teaches students how to address employer expectations, develop employability skills and explore career options. Activities are designed to increase students’ self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Workplace learning is available at schools through work experience and structured workplace learning.

Work experience

Work experience is the short-term placement of secondary school students with ‘host’ employers, to provide insights into the industry and the work. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which need extensive training or experience.

For more information, see: Work Experience

Structured workplace learning

During structured workplace learning, students are expected to master a set of skills and competencies on the job as part of their VET course.

For more information, see: Structured Workplace Learning