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:

  • workplaces
  • 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

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.

The objectives of the Trade Training Centres and Trades Skills Centres are to:

  • Increase the proportion of students achieving a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.
  • Address national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by improving relevance and responsiveness of trade training programs in secondary schools.
  • Improve student access to industry-standard trade training facilities.
  • Improve the quality of education offered to secondary students undertaking trade related pathways.
  • Assist young people to make a successful transition from school to work or further education/training.

Trade Training Centres and Trades Skills Centres are located in the areas listed below. Additional information regarding the courses on offer can be found by clicking the link for individual centres.

Break O’Day Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: 1a Groom Street, St Helens 7216
Phone:  03 6376 7160

Southern Central Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: 55 Eddington Street, Bridgewater  7030
Phone:  03 6262 5577

Circular Head Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: Montagu Road, Smithton 7330
Phone:  03 6452 9288

Deloraine Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: 24 Lansdowne Place, Deloraine 7304
Phone:  03 6362 8950

Dorset Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: 20 Copplestone Street, Scottsdale  7260
Phone:  03 6352 6350

George Town Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: Franklin Street, George Town 7253
Phone:  03 6382 0503

Huon Valley Trade Training Centre
Address: 101 Wilmot Road, Huonville  7109
Phone:  03 6264 0877

South East Trade Training Centre Facebook Icon
Address: 10 Forcett Street, Sorell 7172
Phone:  03 6269 1199