Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Studying a vocational education and training (VET) course as part of the HSC (Higher Secondary Certification) is a smart choice. VET courses provide knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education, training and employment. For students in Years 12 VET is ‘dual accredited’. Students have access to industry standard training facilities and can develop workplace behaviours and attitudes sought after by employers through work placement.
Some VET courses include an HSC examination which provides the opportunity for students to have this HSC examination mark contribute towards the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). A total of 70 hours of work placement is an essential component of VET courses.
Benefits of vocational education and training
Students who study a VET qualification at school are more likely to:
- succeed studying higher level VET qualifications,
- gain apprenticeships or other employment when they leave school,
- receive recognition towards their school qualification (record of school achievement or HSC), as well as a nationally recognised VET qualification (Certificate or statement of attainment) and
- Find it easier to get that part time job to help them get through university study.
Below is a list of all the VET courses offered to secondary students:
- Business Services- Through this course students can learn the knowledge and skills required to undertake the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply make-up for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries.
- Construction- The course qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualification for employment in the construction industry. This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the building and construction industry, building certification or project management in that industry.
- Entertainment industry- This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the entertainment Industry, working in possible jobs such as stage-hand, technical assistant in lighting and sound.
- Hospitality – food and Beverage- The course would suit students who are interested in a career in the tourism and hospitality industry, working in hotels, motels, restaurants, clubs, catering organisations, resorts, travel and tourism organisations.
- Hospitality – kitchen operations- This course provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.
- Information and digital technology- This course provides a foundation in general computing and employment skills that enable participation in an information technology environment in any industry. It also assists students to achieve a degree of confidence and self-sufficiency as an advanced ICT user.
- Manufacturing and Engineering - This course provides students the opportunity to work on lathes and milling machines as well as learning about hand and power tools and precision measurement tools while learning welding skills through using manual metal arc and gas metal arc process as well as the oxy acetylene welding.
- Primary Industries- This course would suit students interested in a career in the agriculture Industry, working in possible jobs such as an assistant animal attendant/stockperson or Farm or Station hand/worker/labourer.
- Retail Services- This course would suit students interested in a career in the retail environment, retail management, marketing, advertising and finance.