What is VET in schools?
Vocational education and training in schools (VETiS) allows secondary school students to complete part or all of a nationally recognised vocational qualification while still studying towards their secondary graduation.
Students can study vocational education and training as well as regular school subjects – either with a TAFE college, private training provider or at their own school.
Talk to your VETiS coordinator in school.
Structured workplace learning
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a Curriculum Council subject and generally involves students attending a work experience placement. Many VET in Schools programs incorporate SWL.
Where to from here?
Most schools are involved in some sort of VET in Schools. Speak to your VET coordinator at your school to find out what is available.
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School based Apprenticeships/Traineeships
School based apprenticeships/traineeships allow senior secondary students to start an apprenticeship/traineeship while also completing the Western Australian Certificate of Education. Under these arrangements the student is both a full-time student and a part-time employee, with the same employment and training responsibilities as other apprentices/trainees.
An important feature of apprenticeships/traineeships is the integration of the employment role and the structured training program in developing the required competencies. Employers are required to provide training in the workplace for the practice of these competencies to complement the training that is the responsibility of the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
In order to be a school based apprentice/trainee a student must:
- be a full-time senior secondary student in Years 11 or 12
- enter into a Training Contract with an employer to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship
- have their school's agreement to undertake the school based apprenticeship or traineeship
- have the completed units of competency of their apprenticeship or traineeship included on their WACE.
Download more information about school based apprenticeships and traineeships here.
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Aboriginal School Based Training
Aboriginal School Based Training will help you start an apprenticeship or traineeship in school so you can get a great job afterwards.
As an apprentice or trainee, you are employed by a group training organisation, which places you with a host employer. You spend time in the workplace with your host employer and time training with your training provider.
You get paid and get real skills for the real world.
Apprenticeship Office for more information on Aboriginal School Based Training.
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If you are looking to do an apprenticeship and are unable to find an employer or an employer wants you to have a pre-apprenticeship, consider doing this type of training to make yourself more competitive.
There are many pre-apprenticeship courses on offer at training providers across the State. A pre-apprenticeship will give you basic skills and knowledge in your chosen field. It's also a great way to see if you want to work in a particular industry.
Pre-apprenticeships in schools are Certificate II programs that have been nominated by Western Australian industry training councils as valid pathways from school to traditional trade apprenticeship. Students attend school, train at a registered training organisation and are linked to any employer for work placement. The student must complete a work placement as nominated in the pre-apprenticeship program. The registered training organisations will coordinate work placements in partnership with the schools.
For more information about pre-apprenticeships visit
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