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Vocational education and training (VET)

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What is VET?

The term Vocational Education and Training (VET) covers a range of work experiences and training activities within the senior secondary school curriculum.  Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses develop knowledge and skills for specific workplaces. The objective of VET courses is to give students experience in the workplace, broaden post-schooling options and to prepare them for the transition between school and work.  VET qualifications are recognised throughout Australia.

There is also the opportunity for senior students to undertake Tafe qualifications in the schools to pathway program with Tafe SkillsTech and Tafe Queensland Brisbane. These courses are specially designed to meets the needs of evolving workplaces and the diverse interest of the students. For further information visit the TAFE website.

Vocational courses   

All vocational courses contain units of competency from National Training Packages.  By successfully completing VET units of competency, students will gain nationally accredited work skills that allow them to enter the workforce and/or move onto further vocational or academic studies.  Qualifications and Statements of Attainment are recognised with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and are recognised Australia-wide.

What are the benefits of VET?

There are many benefits to undertaking a VET course while at school.  These benefits include:

  • gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • developing industry relevant knowledge and skills for employment.
  • establishing links and contacts with employers through work placement
  • achieving credit towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  • providing a possible pathway to employment.

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Last reviewed 17 April 2019
Last updated 17 April 2019