What is VET?

Students can earn a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification during their Senior Secondary Education studies. This can be achieved through a program at an external Registered Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or through an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).

VET can also be undertaken at a senior secondary college offering Years 11 and 12 that also serves as an RTO.

VET in Tasmania

Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs come from the VET sector, where they are taught by TAFE institutes and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). In Tasmania, Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies are recognised as an important part of secondary education that assist students to develop practical skills for the workplace and further education and training.

The number of schools and students involved has increased in recent years, and most schools now offer some VET options to senior secondary students. One-third of students studying for their TEC undertake a VET course, allowing them to make a start on training for a career before they leave school while still completing their TEC.

The training teaches skills and knowledge needed in particular occupations and workplaces, and normally includes some workplace experience that puts these into practice. As well as readying students for the workforce, VET programs can lead to further study, either in the VET sector (where students can gain credit for their VET certificate) or university, since results from some VET programs can be included in the calculation of an ATAR score (used for entrance to university). Of course, it is also possible for students to leave school and take VET certificates either full time or in combination with employment.

Apprenticeships and traineeships in the Australian Capital Territory

Students in ACT who are 15 years or older can complete an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) while undertaking their Senior Secondary Certificate. This will include combining paid work and training with their ordinary education.

To be eligible for an ACT training contract, an ASBA must:

complete at least 11 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate II qualification. This includes eight hours of work and three hours per week of structured training

complete at least of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate III qualification. This includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.

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