Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students

As part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students can gain an additional qualification by selecting to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course. Studying a VET qualification will develop their skills and give them exposure to industry and experience in the workplace, prior to completing Secondary School. This can lead to many beneficial training and employment outcomes. VET is a mix of practical and theory assessments that are targeted to industry and the workplace, complimenting VCE or VCAL.

Why study VET? \

VET courses delivered in Secondary Schools (VETDSS) are generally Certificates II or III. They are a great entry-level qualification and can be built upon afterwards by completing a Certificate IV, Diploma or Degree. This enables students to gradually gain the skills needed to reach these levels or provides an alternative pathway into University for students completing VCAL.

VETDSS courses contribute to both VCE and VCAL programs and some VETDSS courses may also contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). VETDSS programs are open to Year 10,11 and 12 students.

  • How to apply \

    1. Read through our Course Handbook
    2. Talk to your school’s Careers or Pathways Advisor or VET Coordinator
    3. Create a USI (Unique Student Identifier) to apply
    4. Then click on the link below and complete the VET Application form

  • 1st Year
    Applications \

    1st round applications are closed please apply to be placed on the wait list.

  • 2nd Year
    Applications \

    2nd round applications are closed please apply to be placed on the wait list.

The Truth about VET \

Having a VET qualification can increase employment and earning prospects, which can support
students whilst undertaking further study. It can also increase the chances of gaining an Apprenticeship
or Traineeship which will allow students to earn a wage whilst they learn.

There is a diverse range of both University and VET qualifications, offering just as varied salaries
once completed. The salary earnt after completing a qualification is a result of the students skills,
knowledge and work ethic – not where they gained them.

“The highest average starting salary for a University graduate is $78,300 (Dentistry) (The Social Research Centre 2018). The highest average starting salary for a VET graduate is $91,000 (Certificate IV in Hazardous areas – Electrical) (myskills 2018)”
[Get VET Booklet- VCAA 2018]

57% of new jobs projected by 2022 will be achievable with a VET qualification (Labour Market Information Portal 2017).

VET has national standards. The same standards apply to everyone undertaking a qualification and 84% of VET Graduates achieved their training goal.

Examples include:

  • Getting a Job
  • Trying a different career
  • Getting a better job or promotion
  • Getting into another course of study
  • Personal development

(NCVER 2017)


Is being passionate about your work important to you?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) can give students workplace skills and knowledge for a career they are passionate about. Every year more than 50,000 secondary students across Victoria explore their passion through VET.

Are job opportunities important to you?
VET can give students training that is directly connected to employment.

Is flexibility important to you?
VET offers a flexible pathway to achieve set goals. If a students goals change, the pathway can change too. The employability skills developed with VET can give students extra flexibility to explore multiple opportunities and interests.

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a VETDSS course \

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What career will allow me to follow my passion and enhance my strengths?
  • What job opportunities will there be in the future?
  • What qualification will set me on a pathway to get the job I want?
  • Will a VETDSS course work with my VCE or VCAL program?

To find out more, speak with your school’s Careers or Pathways Advisor or VET Coordinator.

About the Cluster \

The Highlands LLEN VET Cluster is a long-running, locally based partnership between secondary education providers in the Highlands Region. Our Cluster is proud to provide a diverse range of programs for students, that is nationally recognised and Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) approved.

In July 2017 the Highlands LLEN VET Cluster celebrated its 20th year of operation!

2020 Highlands LLEN VET Cluster Programs on offer \

Get in touch to find out more \

Kylie Barnett
VET Cluster Coordinator