Vocational Education and Training

Maddison – Hellyer College

VET provides a wide range of subjects and courses that are taught in a practical, hands-on way.

If you know what job you want, and if it involves practical skills, Vocational Education and Training (VET) might be the right choice for you.

By studying VET at school, you can complete Years 11 and 12 while gaining practical knowledge and skills that will help you in the workplace.

It will help you prepare for work and understand what your workplace might be like. It could also lead to a qualification recognised all around Australia.

In many ways, VET is the best of both worlds: you can finish Years 11 and 12 while learning the skills you’re interested in.

What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) combines practical, hands-on learning with a strong focus on industry and work readiness.

VET qualifications give you the skills to put you ahead of your next steps like getting a job, an apprenticeship/traineeship or doing further study, after you finish school.

Find out more about VET on the Careerify website.

How do I do VET when I am at school?

Lots of schools offer VET programs to Year 11 and 12 students, and lots have taster opportunities available for Year 10 students to try. 

When you do a VET program you will be practicing skills and knowledge that will help you become job ready. 

Trade Training Centres and Colleges are equipped with specialised industry standard equipment to make sure that the practice can be like it would be in a work place. 

The Year 11 and 12 Course Guide lists all the courses available to you and where they are.

What is an apprenticeship/traineeship?

An apprenticeship or traineeship is when are you studying VET and practicing skills and knowledge in a workplace where you are employed.  You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship while you are still at school or when you have finished. 

An Australian school-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (ASbA) lets you combine work, training and school to gain a nationally recognised qualification, as well as your TCE.  It’s a great way to learn in the workplace while you are studying Years 10-12. 

A VET program you are doing in school or a work placement can help you to find an employer that is offering apprenticeships/traineeships.

For more information contact the Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) facilitator in your school or contact the Apprenticeship and Traineeship for school aged learners team at Years9to12learning@education.tas.gov.au or phone 03 61 655404.

Can I do VET after I finish Year 12?

After you have finished school you can start or continue to do VET with TasTAFE or another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The focus is on providing practical training to give you the skills that employers are looking for. RTOs work closely with industry and employers so that the skills that you’re learning are relevant and up to date with what’s happening in the real world.

TasTAFE offers many VET courses, and so do Trade Training Centres.