VET in Schools
Did you know it is now possible to study towards a TAFE course while you are still at secondary school?
The VET in VCE programs (VET stands for vocational education and training) enable students to combine general VCE units with VET modules, either delivered at their school or at a registered training organisation, such as one of Kangan Institute's Melbourne campuses.
A major advantage of the VET in the VCE programs is that they often include industry work-placements to give school students practical, hands-on training and experience in a workplace.
On completion of VET in the VCE programs, Victorian school students receive:
- A statement of results listing all VET modules/units of competence completed, issued by the Board of Studies
- Eligibility for an enhanced Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ATAR)
- A nationally-recognised training qualification at an appropriate Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level, issued from a Registered Training Organisation
- Credits towards further TAFE courses
Kangan Institute is one of Victoria's major providers of VET in Schools training. We also work in conjunction with secondary colleges and employers to arrange work placements for Melbourne students, which are a key component of the VET in Schools programs.
Kangan Institute has also developed VET in Schools programs for students in Year 9 and 10, such as taster programs, which allow them to gain a taste of possible future careers to progress into after school.
What are VET Programs?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies combine general Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with vocational training and experience in the workplace.
A VET program offers students the opportunity to complete a nationally-recognised vocational qualification, such as a TAFE certificate or diploma, while providing credit towards the VCE or VCAL, just like other subject areas.
The vocational qualification provides access to further training - generally at a TAFE - and could improve the student's chances of finding a job once school is finished.
How does VET contribute towards VCE?
Vocational education and training (VET) programs are fully recognised within the unit 1-4 structure of the VCE and contribute towards the satisfactory completion of your VCE.
A number of VET programs also have a study score attached which contributes towards your ATAR score. Students who receive a Unit 3-4 sequence who study VET programs will be eligible for a 10 percent increment towards their ATAR (10 percent of the average of the primary four scaled studies) or a direct contribution through an external exam, just like other VCE studies.
How does VET contribute towards VCAL?
Within the VCAL certificate, VET programs satisfy the industry specific skills strand requirements. If a school student completes a full VET program (units 1-4) they should achieve 4 units of credit towards their VCAL certificate.
Why choose VET in Schools?
- Increases learning potential of the student
- Gives the student nationally-recognised qualifications and skills
- Prepares students for the workforce
- Students who successfully complete VCE or VCAL and a VET program may be eligible to receive two certificates
- Creates a pathway to further study (certificate, diploma qualifications) at TAFE
- Gain credits into a higher level qualification within the same vocational area
- VET programs with a Study Score
- The study score can contribute directly to the ATAR as one of the school student's primary four scaled studies or as the fifth or sixth study.
It is important to note that the 3-4 sequences of VET programs are not designed as stand-alone studies. In order to receive the VET qualification, school students must complete the entire Unit 1-4 structure of a VET program.
The following VET programs have a Study Score available to students undertaking the relevant Unit 3-4 sequence.
- Engineering studies
- Information technology
- Laboratory skills
- Interactive Digital Media
- Sport and recreation
For more information on Kangan Institute Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs, phone 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email our Contact Centre.