Vocational education


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Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to education and training that focuses on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. It is a learning option for young people in the senior phase of learning.

Why do a VET course?

Participating in a VET course provides students with industry knowledge and practical experience fro​m work while familiarising them on how the workplace operates. Helping developing their employability and interpersonal skills, it allows students to explore their future career paths they would like to pursue and giving them the qualifications needed to do so.

What do I get?

  • certificate (PDF, 164 KB) upon successful completion.

  • statement of attainment (PDF, 159 KB) that lists modules completed.

  • Credit towards the Queensland Certificate of Education - QCE.

    • Certificate I - 2 or 3 credits - no partial completion

    • Certificate II - 4 credits towards QCE - partial completion recognized

    • Certificate III or IV - 5 to 8 credits towards QCE depending on the certificate - partial completion recognized

VET induction

All students are required to complete a VET induction.

A VET induction explains what you need to know about your studies and includes such things as:

  • Recognition of prior learning

  • How your course will be conducted

  • Work experience requirements

  • Grievance procedures - what to do if you are not happy.

VET satisfaction survey

At the end of a course you must complete a VET satisfaction survey. This is designed to help the training provider revue the course and make improvements if necessary.

For more information on VET please visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Work ex​perience

Work experience placements are available for senior students to assist students in their transition from school to university, training and/or work.
There are a range of benefits to students undertaking work experience/ work placement:​
• better understanding of how classroom learning is applied in the workplace
• better understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers
• an opportunity to explore possible career options including non-gender stereotyped occupations
• increased maturity, confidence and self-reliance
• increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)
Senior students have access to nationally recognised education and training through traineeships and/or apprenticeships (SATs) that are registered with the Department of Education. Students are engaged in paid employment and study both on the job and off the job. These students are given the opportunity to commence studies and work in their chosen field whilst still at school. The credentials are nationally recognised and students may be fast tracked into future courses.  A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA).

Last reviewed 03 May 2024
Last updated 03 May 2024