VET in Schools – The Basics
What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?
Vocational Education and Training involves students developing skills and competencies that are valued
by employers. Students undertake a nationally accredited vocational qualification in a specified vocational area.
VET programs can be undertaken as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian
Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or as a School Based New Apprenticeship/Traineeship.
While studying in the senior years at school, a student can have the opportunity to obtain a broad based
education with links to industry. VET studies generally include a structured work placement, which is a
valuable opportunity to reinforce classroom learning and provide on-the-job training and application of skills.
Most VET studies provide pathways to and credit towards higher level courses. Several provide credit into
apprenticeships by reducing the amount of off-the-job training required and in some instances reducing the
duration of the apprenticeship.
Where does VET program training occur?
- At a secondary college
- By a Registered Training Organisation such as The Gordon
- In the workplace by on-the-job skill development.
How do VET programs contribute to VCE and VCAL?
May contribute up to 13 of the 16 units required for satisfactory completion of the VCE.
Contribution towards a student’s ATAR
Several programs have a scored assessment and may be included in the primary four for calculation of the
ATAR, whilst some other programs may provide for one ATAR increment calculated as 10 per cent of the
average of the scaled scores of the primary four VCE studies. VCAL Contribute credits toward completion of
VCAL in Industry Specific and Work Related Skills Strands
Note: It is important that you speak with the VET Coordinator from your secondary college who will
confirm the specific credits you will receive from the program you are interested in doing.
What do you receive on completion?
- A VCE or VCAL Certificate
- A nationally recognised VET Certificate.
Students who do not fully complete the VET certificate will receive a Statement of Attainment for those units
Guaranteed pathways at The Gordon
From 2015, The Gordon has introduced guaranteed places from 14 VET in Schools programs into higher
level pathway courses at The Gordon. So if you successfully complete an eligible VET in Schools course
through The Gordon, you can be sure to gain a place in a pathway course - giving you more certainty and
less stress when it comes to your study choices after secondary school.