Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) programs comprise nationally recognised vocational certificates, which may be integrated within a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Some VETiS statistics
Benefits of VETiS for students
Benefits of VETiS for employers
How does VET contribute to the VCAL?
VET contributes to the VCAL through satisfying the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills or Work Related Skills strands. One credit is awarded on successful completion of 90 nominal hours of accredited curriculum. For more details, please refer to the VCAA VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.
How does VET contribute to the VCE?
VET may contribute to the VCE at Units 1 and 2 level, or Units 3 and 4 level.
How is VETiS undertaken as part of the VCE/VCAL?
There are three ways to undertake VETiS:
VCE VET programs are vocational training programs approved by the VCAA, following consultation with schools, industry and training providers. These programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications and provide credit towards the VCE or VCAL. A list of VCE VET programs (including the programs that offer Scored Assessment).
Students can undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school as either:
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available in many industry areas and allow students undertaking the VCE or VCAL to be employed part-time while completing a VET qualification. Students are released from school for a minimum of one day per week to undertake training and/or paid employment. Refer to pages 13 and 14 for more information.
Part-time Apprenticeships and Traineeships involve students undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship that is not integrated into their school timetable.
Students who undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Further Education (FE) qualifications that are not included in the suite of VCAA approved VCE VET programs and School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, may be eligible for credit towards their VCE. This credit is called Block Credit Recognition. To be eligible for credit, the student must be enrolled in the VCE. For details of Block Credit Recognition, please refer to the VCAA website.
Credit is awarded in the VCE on the basis of achieving units of competency. Credit is determined by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level and the nominal hours of the units of competency. Qualifications from the following industry areas are examples of where students can receive Block Credit Recognition: Hairdressing, Beauty, Plumbing, Carbon Management, Public Safety, Events.
VCAA VET Resources and Information for Schools
Please note that as VCE VET programs are constantly being developed or revised, schools are advised to refer to the VCAA website and VCAA Bulletins for the most up-to-date information. For more details about VET, and how VET contributes to the VCE and VCAL, please refer to:
For current information about other VET qualifications that are not part of the suite of VCE VET programs approved by the VCAA, please refer to Training.gov.au (TGA).
VCAA VET Team Contact Details
Please contact the VCAA VET Unit for enquiries on: VCE VET programs and School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, obtaining program booklets and assessment guides for VCE VET programs, implementing VCE VET programs, sources of information and support for schools, the level of recognition for VCE VET programs in the VCE, professional learning for VCE VET programs, processes for the approval of new VCE VET programs, and other VET programs delivered as part of a senior secondary certificate.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
A School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship combines:
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are open to students 15 years of age or over who are an Australian Citizen or a permanent resident.
Note: Other visa categories may also be eligible. Please check with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre in your local area.
School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships in Victoria involve the student undertaking the VCE or VCAL as well as being employed part-time and trained under the following arrangements:
The student is required to:
The school’s role is to:
Training and assessment are the responsibility of the RTO.
The VCAA VET Unit has provided advice that where there is an existing VCE VET program, and students are undertaking a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship in that industry area, there will be an equivalent volume of credit into the VCE. Schools are advised to contact the VCAA VET Unit for further clarification on matters related to credit towards the VCE.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are also available in other industry areas for which the Higher Education and Skills Group (DEECD) has approved funding. Visit the DEECD website for more information on funding eligibility.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in other industry areas may also contribute to the VCE through Block Credit Recognition. For more information on Block Credit Recognition see the VCAA website.
Part-time Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Students who undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship that is not integrated into their learning program and study timetable will be undertaking part-time apprenticeships or traineeships. This type of arrangement will still provide credit for VCE or VCAL if it is recorded on VASS.
Student enrolments in VET in the VCE, VET Block Credit programs and SBATs in Victorian Catholic schools have grown across a broad range of industry. The largest numbers of enrolments are in Hospitality; Building and Construction; Sport and Recreation; Automotive Studies; Media; Hairdressing and Beauty Services; and Business. Other popular industry areas include Music Industry, Community Services and Engineering Studies.
The Pathways and Transition Team at Catholic Education Melbourne offers teachers/trainers a variety of professional learning forums and seminars to support VETiS, VCAL and career staff in schools. Visit the CEVN website to view professional learning offerings under the My PL (IPLS) section.
The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) offers teachers/trainers involved and committed to VETiS, VCAL and Careers provision, the opportunity to apply for sponsored study in the Master ‘s program Education Policy (International) conducted by the University of Melbourne.
For further information, contact the Pathways and Transition Team (Secondary Services Unit) on 03 9267 0228.
Mrs Rosalie Jones
Manager, Secondary Services
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