Overview of vocational education and training

Studying a vocational education and training (VET) course as part of the HSC is a smart choice.  VET courses provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to make the most of your future.

Benefits of vocational education and training

Students who study a VET qualification at school are more likely to:

  • succeed studying higher level VET qualifications and
  • gain apprenticeships or other employment when they leave school.

The “Perceptions Are Not Reality” report released by Skilling Australia Foundation (SAF) found that VET graduates employment rates and salary are comparable or higher than rates for graduates from bachelor degree programs:

  • Employment rate
    • VET graduates: 78%
    • Graduates from bachelor degree programs: 69%
  • Median annual starting salary
    • VET graduates: $56,000
    • Graduates from bachelor degree programs: $54,000

Kick start your career as a school based apprentice or trainee

School based apprentice of the year Tyrone Pynor gives advice for students considering a school based apprenticeship or traineeship at the 2017 Skills and Thrills showcase.

VET courses provide a pathway into wide range of occupations. Studying a VET course at school can even make it easier to get that all important part time job to help you get through your university study.

VET programs in schools are laying foundation for the workforce of tomorrow, developing skilled and adaptable employees for the future.

For further information see Skills at school.

Supporting students, investing in the future

Vocational education and training programs, including school based apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements, are a great way for students to experience work and undertake formal, on the job training as part of their HSC.

Wendy Winton explains how students can gain work experience before they leave school and even study a VET course for their HSC.


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