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 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 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