WHAT CAN VET DO FOR YOU?
VET courses provide an education that directly relates to getting a job. VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge for a wide range of careers and industries, from finance, healthcare and retail to agriculture, construction and hospitality.
WHY ARE VET COURSES POPULAR?
VET courses are highly valued by students, parents and employers. They provide authentic, applied learning that is practical and work-based and helps students prepare for their transition to post-school work and further study. Students choose VET courses for a wide range of reasons.
Some may want to maximise their ATAR for university entrance; some may wish to gain a head start with their trade training while at school; and others wish to develop skills that are relevant to their personal interests.
WHAT CAN I GAIN BY DOING A VET COURSE?
- Nationally recognised qualifications, at the level of Certificate I, Certificate II or Certificate III, within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
- Credit towards Stage 5, the RoSA or the Higher School Certificate
- Experience in the workplace. Work placement is a mandatory component of most VET courses, enabling students to apply their classroom learning and to further develop their skills in a workplace context
- Industry-specific technical skills that lead directly to employment or further study
- Employability skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology skills.
DO VET COURSES COUNT TOWARDS THE HSC?
Yes. All VET courses have to be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which can be a school, TAFE or private provider. VET courses delivered to secondary students have dual accreditation – they are nationally-recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
NESA has two categories of VET courses:
- Board Developed Courses (also called Industry Curriculum Frameworks). These contribute towards the HSC and have an optional HSC exam for those who do a 240 hour course. One course (2 Units) can be counted towards your ATAR.
- Board Endorsed Courses. These contribute towards the RoSA or HSC but do not have an external exam for ATAR purposes.
WHAT VET COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?
The Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese RTO offers a wide range of VET courses. Click here to see which courses are on the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese scope of registration and may be available at your school.
CAN I DO VET IF I AM PLANNING TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY?
Yes. Many students aiming for university undertake a VET course for their HSC and can achieve excellent results in their VET course examination. Students are able to include two units of Category B courses towards their ATAR.
The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) reports each year on the results and ATARs achieved in each of the HSC exams. Below are the highest ATAR results for students undertaking some of the VET course exams in 2016.
(Source: Report on the Scaling of the 2018 NSW Higher School Certificate,
University Admissions Centre)
WHAT IF I WANT TO START A TRADE AS WELL AS GET THE HSC?
Many schools offer students the option to start a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) Click here for more information. The Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese has a specialised VET School and a network of Trade Training/Skills Centres with specialised programs, timetables and support services to help students get a head start with their trade or career. These are:
- Holy Trinity School, Inverell
- Newman Senior Technical College, Port Macquarie
- St John’s College, Woodlawn
- St Joseph’s College Banora Point
- St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino
- St Paul’s College, Kempsey
- Trinity Catholic College, Lismore
WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS?
When making subject choices, students always need to choose courses that meet their needs, interests and abilities. Students with diverse learning needs often benefit from VET courses which offer a blend of theory and practical work. The “hands on” approach to learning and the opportunity to do work placements provide skills and experiences that help students to transition to work or study after school.