Department of Education

VET delivered to secondary students

VET delivered to secondary students

Who we are and what we do? - a brief summary

VET in Schools (VETiS) is part of the Secondary Directorate and is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and practices relevant to vocational education in schools.  In these programs students, usually in years 10 to 12, are working towards either full qualifications or individual Units of Competence (UoC) while enrolled at school.  Often, a students program also includes a component of workplace learning (WPL) where the student is able to apply and practice the industry skills in a real workplace.

Most public schools have some VET in Schools programs on offer across a wide range of indutsry areas.  Schools are usually only able to offer a small selection depending on their resources.  Contact your local secondary school to find out what is on offer. 

Specific priorities include:-

  • Getting schools new to VET in Schools involved in programs;
  • Expanding the range of VET in Schools programs across industry areas;
  • Establishing VET in Schools programs in new industry areas;
  • Increase VET in Schools participation of students groups that are difficult to reach and / or service;
  • Developing strategies to maintain quality standards in VET in Schools including professional development;
  • Increasing student participation in School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships; and
  • Addressing areas of skills shortages.

As part of our operational plan we focussing on:-

  • Quality VET outcomes for students;
  • Enhanced pathways for students;
  • Supporting the capacity of the sector to provide quality VET programs for students; and
  • Develop and manage partnerships between schools, RTOs, Industry and communities.

For a more detailed description of VETiS National and State priorities and definitions go to "Policies & Planning" then "Program Funding Practices" and look at the Program Funding Practices document, pages 2 and 3.


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