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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.

VET courses:

  • 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.

* Scored pathway available

^ Unit 3 and 4 sequence available

Ask your school careers counsellor about the VET options your school offers.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our VET Champions. These high-achieving Victorians have risen to success through VET pathways.

Apprenticeships and traineeships at school

Your VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VPC can include an apprenticeship or traineeship. Starting an apprenticeship or traineeship while at school 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.

More information

VET pathways in schools
Get VET student guide | VCAA websiteExternal Link
VCE VET programs | VCAA websiteExternal Link

Reviewed 24 January 2023

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