Vocational education and training explained
Vocational education and training (VET) is learning where you develop targeted and practical skills. The skills you learn relate to a career pathway, so can apply them at work or in further education and training.
You can add a VET course or certificate to your studies while you're in year 11 or 12. You may even start VET in year 10.
Including VET in your studies
VET adds another level of learning to your senior secondary schooling. You get practical skills in an industry you’re interested in, improving your employability.
Talk to your teacher or careers counsellor about adding VET to your VCE, VCE Vocational Major or Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) program.
- provide a nationally recognised qualification in a specific industry, or provide credit towards one
- contribute towards the completion of your VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VPC
- give you the option to study through a paid school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.
Your VET options
More schools are offering training that provides high-demand skills in 12 priority pathways.
- Certificate II in Active Volunteering
- Certificate III in Community Services incorporating Certificate II in Community Service*^
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (partial completion)^
- Certificate II in Applied Language
- Certificate III in Applied Language
- Certificate II in Construction Pathways^
- Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (partial completion)^
- Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)^
- Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)^
- Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)^
- Certificate II in Creative Industries
- Certificate III in Screen and Media*^
- Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology^
- Certificate II in Music
- Certificate III in Music (Performance)*^
- Certificate III in Music (Sound Production)*^
- Certificate III in Dance*^
* Scored pathway available
^ Unit 3 and 4 sequence available
Ask your school careers counsellor about the VET options your school offers.
Apprenticeships and traineeships at school
Your VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VPC can include an apprenticeship or traineeship. Starting an means you get paid on-the-job training that leads to a qualification. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships give you the confidence and vocational skills that employers need.
Reviewed 24 January 2023