Vocational Education and Training, otherwise known as VET, is skill-based education and training. VET offers nationally recognised qualifications (such as a Certificate II or Diploma), as well as apprenticeships and traineeships that let students learn in the workplace while in paid employment.
The best part about VET is that students don't need to wait until they have finished high school - they can start now!
That's where the Educational Pathways Program comes in. Students in participating schools gain access to a wide variety of career pathway options made available through VET. Whether it's participating in a taster program at TAFE NSW, completing a short course in their chosen industry, or kick-starting their career with a School Based Apprenitceship or Traineeship (SBAT), there are opportunities for everyone that can lead to a successful post-school career.
Schools that are participating in the Educational Pathways Program have access to 8 initiatives, each with a separate focus for engaging students and young people with VET and providing opportunities for real-world employment and skills training.
A new approach to careers education that sees Careers Immersion Teams, each led by a Head Teacher Careers, create engaging learning opportunities and pathways for students.
Each school participating in the Educational Pathways Program has access to a new Careers Head Teacher. It’s their job to work with each Careers Adviser in their group of schools to create engaging career learning opportunities for students.
Our new team of SBAT Engagement Officers work with students, parents, Careers Advisers, and employers to explore the opportunities SBATs offer.
Students and young people needing extra support to re-engage with education, or to transition to vocational training or employment, have access to a specialist referral service thanks to this initiative of the Educational Pathways Program.
The Job readiness workshops being delivered for students in Educational Pathways Program schools are timely and insightful. They give students everything they need to know when looking for their first job. Outfit. Hair and makeup. Handshakes. Eye contact. And a whole lot more.
Successful young Ambassadors from the NSW Training Awards who went down a vocational training path deliver powerful presentations to students at Educational Pathways Program schools - offering inspiration and positive role models.
Delivered in partnership with TAFE NSW, the Youth Engagement Strategy Plus (YES+) uses vocational ‘taste test’ opportunities to help students identify potential career pathways in a wide range of industries.
Students at schools participating in the Educational Pathways Program can access fee-free, pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship courses that include work experience with host employers. A variety of options are available in this partnership with a range of local Group Training Organisations.
For some students who may struggle in a school context, the best option for them may be to move on from high school and look for their next educational opportunity with TAFE NSW with the support of this transition service.