What is VET in Schools Program?

The VET in Schools Program involves senior secondary school students undertaking a vocational subject as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program. This program contributes towards their secondary school completion certificates, whilst undertaking a nationally recognised qualification in a program of choice.

Offering a kick start to a career whilst completing their senior years of schooling is the value of the VET in Schools (VETiS) and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) programs.


Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

  • Students attend SWTAFE one afternoon a week.

  • Various vocational areas to choice from.

  • Contribution towards VCE and VCAL programs.

  • No employer required.


School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBAT)

  • A choice of delivery options.

  • Various vocational areas to choice from.

  • Contribution towards VCE and VCAL programs.

  • Student must be employed part-time and have a signed Training Contract.

VCAL provides hands on practical experience as well as numeracy and literacy skills. This certificate sits alongside the VCE in a school or TAFE setting. A variety of VETiS and SBAT options are included in this qualification.

For more information, speak to your school's careers teacher or contact the VETiS Coordinator, Susan Pettigrew on  (03) 5564 8829 or email susan.pettigrew@swtafe.edu.au

Vocational Education & Training in Schools (VETiS)

South West TAFE is in partnership with all secondary schools across the region and offers a range of VETiS programs including:  Automotive, Building, Community Services, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Make-up, Information Digital Media & Technologies and Health. Most programs are based on one afternoon a week attendance at the TAFE College, with inclusion of week holiday block training. VET in the VCE or VCAL allows students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate. VCE VET programs are fully recognised within the units 1-4 structure of the VCE and can contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE or VCAL certificate.

VET in Schools offers students the opportunity to:

  • Combine general and vocational studies

  • Explore career options and pathways

  • Undertake applied learning in an adult learning environment

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification or credit towards a qualification that contributes to satisfactory completion of the VCE or VCAL

  • Develop skills that will equip them for the workforce.

* No signed employer agreement is required for VET in School programs.

* All secondary school students need to register their interest with the schools VET in Schools Coordinator.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

South West TAFE are the biggest provider of delivery for school based apprenticeships and traineeships in this region.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are open to students 15 years of age or over.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships involve the student undertaking the VCE or VCAL as well as being employed part-time with a signed training contract.

They allow students to:

- Learn practical skills that employers desire

- Start earning money

- Get a head start on gaining a Nationally Recognised Qualifications for their future career

- Gain credits towards their final years of schooling

Training options are tailored around the employer, apprentice and school requirements.

These options include:

  • TAFE a day or week block training / Work a day
  • Students will attend a day of training and a day on the job with an employer. They will attend their secondary school the other 3 days. This can vary from course to course depending on employer requirements and delivery schedules.  Most SBA's will come in for block training over a week several times through-out the year.   
  • This is where all the training takes place in the workplace.

SBAT training can occur at Certificate II or Certificate III level training, and are usually done over a two year period. The student needs to allow for an average of 13 hours per week for employment and training, and spend at least one timetabled day during the normal school week on the job or in training. All SBAT contribute the students VCE or VCAL studies.

Students need to register their interest with the schools careers teacher and engage an  Apprenticeship Centre for sign-up.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available in most industry sectors.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

At South West TAFE you can obtain your Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) certificate offering individualized training plans and subjects to meet your career pathway needs.  Through a supported environment with small class sizes, students engage in project based learning.

SWTAFE VCAL provides students with an alternative pathway to mainstream schooling. It gives students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the chance to learn with 'hands on' practical experience as well as literacy and numeracy skills in an adult education environment.

Students can enroll in either Foundation, Intermediate or Senior VCAL streams.

For more information on VCAL at South West Institute of TAFE please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre. Call: 1300 648 911