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Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training

VET (vocational education and training) provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for work. It includes practical, hands-on learning, which suits many students. It also leads to excellent jobs in many fields.

Studying VET as part of your SACE enables you to get a head start on a qualification, which is a great way to fast-track your progress towards a rewarding career.

VET operates through a national training system, particularly for trades and other industries. It is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs), including TAFE.

If you are thinking about becoming a carpenter or electrician, or want to work in tourism or business management, then including VET in your SACE could be the right choice for you.

The flexibility of the SACE means that you can achieve your SACE with a major focus on VET.

You can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.

You need 200 credits in total to achieve your SACE.

The remaining 50 credits are made up of:

- 10 credits for the Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan
- 20 credits chosen from a range of English subjects and/or courses at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (literacy requirement)
- 10 credits chosen from a range of mathematics subjects and/or courses at Stage 1 or Stage 2 (numeracy requirement)
- 10 credits for Stage 2 Research Project.

You can also focus your Personal Learning Plan and Research Project on the industry area of your chosen VET.

(information sourced from www.sace.sa.edu.au)


If you are considering undertaking a VET course as part of your SACE studies, you should see the VET Coordinator to see what options are available.

School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships:

The VET courses can also form part of a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship. School Based Apprenticeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship while at school. While studying for their HSC, school based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training. Both the on-the-job apprenticeship training undertaken by school based apprentices can contribute to their HSC.

For answers to all your questions on School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships, click here.

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