The importance of VET

The Education Council through its review of the Melbourne Declaration points to the need for schools to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and effective social and economic participation.

Gonski found that top-performing education systems support the individual learning growth of each student, in each year of schooling. The Department for Education’s new approach to school improvement aspires to the growth of every child, in every class, in every government school and for some students VET is a means of achieving this.

VET provides nationally recognised qualifications from Certificate I and II entry-level training through to Graduate Diploma, developed by industry to prepare students for work. VET providers include TAFE colleges, private providers, Adult Community Education and enterprise training providers. A vocational pathway provides students with the option to train with a VET provider in work based skills and knowledge to complete a qualification.

VET is a valuable contributor to secondary school learning for students, providing a recognised pathway to employment or further education and training. Completion of VET at school develops competencies that position young people well to participate in the workforce.

Embarking on a vocational pathway at school allows students to get a head start in the world of work and commence a lucrative and worthwhile career. VET for school students has long been regarded by industry as critical in strengthening the connection between education, training and the labour market and supporting the transition from school to work. VET qualifications continue to be in high demand as identified by the Training and Skills Commission.

The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) already recognises the important role VET can play in South Australia’s secondary education, with students able to gain up to 150 credits (of the required 200 credits) for successfully completing VET units of competency. The SACE recognises VET qualifications that are listed on the training.gov.au website as the national register of qualifications. The SACE VET Recognition Register lists more than 300 of the most common VET qualifications undertaken by SACE students and indicates how these qualifications may contribute towards the SACE.

For more information read the Review of VET for School Students issues paper.