School students

VET in Schools

VET in Schools programs give you the opportunity to study a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification while completing your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

VET programs:

  • develop your employability skills (e.g. communication and problem solving skills);
  • give you industry specific skills and an understanding of the world of work; and
  • help you to explore and plan your career options.

If you do a VET qualification while you are a full time secondary student, this may also count towards your WACE. For more information please contact the Career Advisor or VET Coordinator at your school or visit the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.


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Who provides the training?

VET can be provided by a registered training organisation (RTO) (TAFE College or private training organisation), an RTO school, or a school in partnership with an RTO.

The training may be provided at your school, off-site at another training provider or in a workplace. Some VET programs use a combination of some or all of these training options.


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What VET programs can I study?

There are a range of VET courses available for secondary school students. Some are more suitable than others. The VET in Schools Qualifications Register [PDF 606KB] can help you and your school choose a VET course that will give you with the best post-school options.

Your school will have a range of qualifications to choose from. There are also programs for secondary students funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development:

  • The Aboriginal school-based training (ASBT) program is for Aboriginal students in years 10, 11 and 12. The ASBT program aims to help Aboriginal students gain the skills to keep studying after school or get a job. There are two options in this program. To find out more, please see the ASBT fact sheet for students​ [PDF 68KB]​.
  • Pre-apprenticeships in schools (PAiS) are certificate II qualifications that can lead to a related apprenticeship. In a PAiS program you will attend school, train at an RTO and undertake a work placement. For more information, please see the Pre-apprenticeships in schools fact sheet for students​ [PDF 62KB].
  • School-based apprenticeships (SBA) and traineeships (SBT)​ are paid employment based training programs for full time school students who are generally 15 years of age and over. In a SBA or SBT you will be a full time student and a part time employee with the same employment and training conditions and responsibilities as other apprentices/trainees. For more information, please see the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships fact sheet for students​ [PDF 52KB]​.

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Further information

The best place to start is with your VET Coordinator or career advisor. They will have the information you need and help you to choose the training option that is best for you.


Last modified: 28/10/2016 10:58 AM