Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to acquire workplace skills through Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) delivered using an industry-developed training package or accredited course. A VET qualification is issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The achievement of a VET qualification signifies that a student has demonstrated competency against the skills and knowledge specified to perform effectively in the workplace. Competency is developed through a combination of classroom-based, simulated and work-based learning.

Requirements and Guidelines

The Requirements and Guidelines for VET delivered to school students was endorsed by the Years 9 to 12 Steering Committee in February 2021.

Consultation on this and associated documents was undertaken with schools, as well as education, training and industry stakeholders, throughout 2020.

Supporting resources and professional learning to assist with implementation are being developed and will be provided to schools.

The Requirements and Guidelines provides guidance and parameters around the delivery and provision of VET to school students. This document will not be implemented until 2022.

A short video has been provided to explain what this means for schools.

Please note that minor updates may be made to this document on an ongoing basis, so please use the link above to ensure you are accessing the most up to date version.

Significant updates will be communicated via regular sector communications.

2021 VET Pathway Approval Process

The Requirements and Guidelines for VET delivered to Secondary Students was endorsed with a pilot Pathway Approval Process to be undertaken in 2021. This was to inform the final process for approving Certificate III and above qualifications and full qualifications prior to Year 11 for delivery by schools.

Schools that participated in the 2021 Pilot VET Pathways Approval Process have received feedback and the information is now available to all schools.

The valuable information provided from the schools through the application process has helped inform consultation with industry to seek their advice about the VET delivered to school students. 

Fact Sheets have been prepared based on the industry areas identified by schools in the applications: –

Industry Advice Across All Sectors

VET Prior to Year 11 

Personalised Approach to Learning  

Schools should read the fact sheets and consider how this information from industry will contribute to the continuous improvement of the school’s VET programs and contribute to pathways that support young people to transition from school to further education, training and work.    

Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres

Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres (TTCs) provide an exciting opportunity to promote the benefits and to deliver quality Vocational Education and Training (VET) to learners, including school students and adult learners, through providing localised access to industry standard trade training facilities. The use of these high standard facilities provide the opportunity to establish new pathways into VET and to promote the benefits of quality VET to the community, including learners and industry.

Objectives for TTCs

Department of Education Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres are to engage learners, support industry and to enable communities. This will occur through meeting the following objectives:

  • Engaging learners by:
    • Delivering quality vocational learning, including predominantly VET, for school students and adult learners
    • Assisting in transitioning into further education, training or employment
  • Supporting industry by:
    • Providing vocational learning which industry has confidence in, and is responsive to needs within the TTC’s local labour market and region
    • Delivering relevant and transferrable skills to learners
  • Enabling communities by:
    • Promoting and demonstrating the value of vocational learning, including VET
    • Facilitating strategic alliances which benefit learners and industry in the local community

The Policy intends to support the sustainable operation of industry standard trade training facilities, with the use of these high standard facilities to deliver VET that is supported by strong collaboration with industry, community and local government.

The Policy is closely supported by the Trade Training and Trade Skills Centre Procedure which includes strategic planning, governance and reporting requirements for TTCs, as well as the roles of Principals and Coordinators in managing each facility.

Please note: this information has been compiled for Department of Education schools. Independent and Catholic audiences are welcome to refer to this information though it may not always apply to their contexts. For guidance, please contact years9-12learning@education.tas.gov.au.

For more information or support on delivering VET in your school, contact years9-12learning@education.tas.gov.au.