Vocational Education and Training (VET in Schools)
What is VET?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) covers the provision of education, training and assessment activities leading to accredited outcomes offered by registered training organisations. It may occur in any of the following settings:
- post-secondary institutions (TAFE and higher education)
- colleges and schools
- Trade Training Centres
- adult and community education providers.
VET is practical, hands-on learning with an industry/trade focus. Courses in Tasmania range from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level.
Participating in VET can:
- provide credit points towards the attainment of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), and/or the attainment of a nationally recognised VET qualification
- provide a pathway to further study at university
- support the transition from school/study to employment.
Other benefits of participating in VET programs include:
- obtaining practical, hands-on experience from work
- gaining familiarity on how workplaces operate
- developing employability skills
- developing and improving interpersonal skills
- opportunities to explore potential career paths.
Young people can access VET programs in a number of ways:
- through their school (VET in Schools)
- by enrolling in Year 11 or 12 at their local college/one of the eight senior secondary colleges
- through TasTAFE
- by undertaking a course at a Trade Training Centre
- by undertaking a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
Trade Training Centres (TTCs) and Trades Skills Centres (TSCs) are specialised trade training facilities established in regional locations that will enable school students and adult community members to undertake accredited training in purpose built facilities.