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Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are nationally accredited qualifications. Completing a VET qualification provides increased opportunity for students to connect with industry and school, ensures the focus and content of training is relevant, and that skills are developed to industry standards. VET qualifications can count towards the completion of SACE and, in certain cases, the calculation of an ATAR. VET courses also articulate into other trade and para-professional qualifications at a higher level after school.

Students who decide that their career pathway is best realised through a VET qualification are able to begin by undertaking VET training while, at the same time, studying their SACE

At Blackfriars students are able to access VET training, at a Certificate III level, on campus in:

Students are also able to have access to a wider range of VET options off-campus delivered by Training Organisations such as TAFESA and other private providers. Students will need to travel to the delivery sites to access this training. There are 26 Flexible Industry Pathways (FIP’s) which are available to students in which subsidies are offered to students to complete qualifications in areas considered to be strategically important to the economy in terms of job growth and skills shortages.

All external VET courses are applied for by the Director of Teaching, Learning and Pathways on the student’s behalf via an online application system called VETRO (VET Readiness Orientation). FIP’s course fees are heavily subsidised by the State Government and are often no more than $300-$400 per qualification. Some courses will have a higher fee. Information about these options may be obtained from the Director of Teaching, Learning and Pathways.

Blackfriars 2024 VET Course Expression of InterestDownload

School-based Apprenticeships and/or Traineeships (ASBAs)?

From the age of 15, students are able to enter into a part-time, school-based apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school. This allows them to complete the SACE while, at the same time, commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship and then, on completion of Stage 2, transition straight to work. The minimum work requirement for these ASBAs is one day a week. Students must have first signed a Contract of Training with an employer. Completion of Stage 2 subjects studied at school is negotiated with the student, parents and Director of Teaching, Learning and Pathways.

Certificate II units generally give credit at Stage 1 and Certificate III units give Stage 2 credit.

Some of the VET courses that students from Blackfriars do off-campus include:

Workplace Learning Agreement FormDownload

Course information

TAFE VFSS Registration form for subsidised courses

VET for Secondary Schools

Western Technical College | Programs

St Paul’s College | Trade Centre

VET In Schools | PEER

VET In Schools Programs | Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

CUA30920 Certificate III In Music (Performance) – MusicSA Courses

Maritime Operations

Coxswain Grade 1 | Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy (AMFA)

Madec VET in schools course guide

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools – MADEC Australia

VET offered in other schools

Study Options – VET : Thebarton Senior College