What is VETDSS? \
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is nationally accredited training that is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) allows students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
VET opens up many future career opportunities in areas with increasing employment demands. For example, VET offers nationally recognised qualifications that create pathways to over 500 careers in a diverse range of industries including health, technology, robotics, engineering, food, science, construction and IT.
Studying VET at secondary school can lead to an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, further study at University, TAFE or Registered Training Authority (RTO). VET involves applied learning – there is a mix of practical and theoretical learning targeted to industry and the workplace, which allows students to put into practice the skills gained in the classroom.
Watch this video to find out more!
VET Program Insights \
The below videos give insights and information to students who wish to explore each specific Program and it’s possible pathways. Watch these and more videos are from the GET VET page on the VCAA website!
What you get from VET in VCE and VCAL: \
• A nationally recognised qualification
• Technical skills and knowledge
• Employability skills
• Contribution towards your VCE or VCAL
• A contribution towards your ATAR (for many VET Programs)
• Pathway to TAFE, University, apprenticeship, traineeship and employment
Contribution to VCAL:
VET contributes to the VCAL through satisfying the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills or Work-Related Skills strands.
Each completed 90-hour block of VET study equals one VCAL unit.
VCE/VET Scored Assessment \
Scored VCE VET programs give you a study score for the Units 3 and 4 sequence that is achieved through school-assessed coursework and an externally set examination. Scored VCE VET programs provide a study score that contributes directly to your ATAR, either as one of your primary four studies or as a fifth or sixth study increment.
VET Cluster programs that offer Scored Assessment:
• Community Services
• Screen and Media
• Equine Studies
• Allied Health Assistance
• Information, Digital Media and Technology
• Music Industry – Sound Production
• Sport and Recreation
VET Cluster Success Stories \
Jacob Huber, a student from St. Patrick’s College, Ballarat, enrolled in VET Electrotechnology, through the VET Cluster, in 2020. Jacob completed his first year of Certificate II in Electrotechnology and commenced his second year in 2021.
Jacob was offered an Electrical Apprenticeship in April and is now a full-time apprentice with Powerplay Electrical and Data. Jacob’s employer, Jason Heath, stated “We are very impressed with Jacob and are pleased to offer him a position as 1st year apprentice at Powerplay Electrical and Data.
Jacobs initial resume and interview stood him out from many others. He has already displayed a positive can – do attitude on the job and has presented well. Jacob is keen to learn and from that, I am sure he will become a great tradesman in four years.”
Congratulations on your success Jacob and we wish you all the best with you career!
Tahlia Grigg studied Certificate II in Animal Studies in 2018 and 2019 through the VET Cluster.
Tahlia received a VET in Schools Excellence Award at the Gordon Awards for Excellence in 2020. Tahlia has always loved being around animals and now she is able to extend that love of animal into her career as a Veterinary Nurse at a local Veterinary Practice in Ballarat.
Congratulations Tahlia on your success!
Tiahna Brown from Damascus College, studied Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, through the VET Cluster in 2018 and 2019.
Tiahna undertook scored assessment for VET Kitchen Operations and her diligent study habits were rewarded with a study score of 40+. Hence Tianha was named in The Age Newspaper VCE Honour Roll in 2020!
Here’s what past VET Cluster students say about VET: \
Student Survey 2021 \
Our recent, ‘Past Student Survey’, indicates that almost 30% of students progressed to university study after completing VET in secondary school, while 20% went on to study at a TAFE or RTO and 18% gained an Apprenticeship. The skills and knowledge identified in the survey, that students gained from studying VET, are listed as the top five employability skills on the government myfuture website, www.myfuture.edu.au/:
• team work
• problem solving
• planning and organising
What skills and knowledge did you gain from studying VET? \
What did you do after finishing school? \
More Information \
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Portal
If you are studying a VET Program, Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) involves on-the-job training that allows students to develop work skills. Find information about structured workplace learning opportunities.
Victorian Skills Gateway
Find information about each VET Program, including:
- course overviews
- related jobs
- personal stories
- training providers
- job outcomes: average pay, employment prospects
Find information about each VET Program, including
- course overviews
- career pathways
- student outcomes data such as salary, employment, further study
Here will be listed the VET Program flyers for 2022.
Get VET website
Discover the wide range of VET Programs available to VCE and VCAL students.
Explore helpful Get VET resources including videos and success stories and talk to the relevant teachers or coordinators at your school to assist you to find your best pathway.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Find information on VET Programs and how they contribute to the VCE or VCAL.
- units of competency
- ATAR contribution
The Department of Education and Training Victoria