Vocational Education and Training Programs (VET)

What is VET?
VET (Vocational Education and Training) refers to national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by Industry. VET qualifications provide students with the opportunity to develop specific industry-related skills. Students with VET qualifications are well prepared to take on apprenticeships (including School-based Apprenticeships), further education and training, and skilled jobs.

What are Regional VET Programs?
Regional VET programs provide students in Years 10, 11 and 12 on the Eyre Peninsula with increased vocational pathway options through a broad range of VET program choices. Regional VET programs are hosted by schools and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Students remain enrolled at their Home School, and attend the Host School or RTO for their chosen VET program.

What VET Courses are offered?
A number of schools across the EP offer VET courses through Local Delivery.
Click the links below for further information on each course:

Agriculture Health Services Assistance
Allied Health Assistance Individual Support (Aged or Disability)
Aquaculture Information, Digital Media and Technology
Automotive Kitchen Operations and Hospitality
Business Make-Up
Construction Maritime
Early Childhood Education and Care Salon Assistance
Electrotechnology Screen and Media
Engineering Sport and Recreation
Fitness Tourism

What are the benefits of choosing VET?
Some of the benefits are:
   – Gaining a nationally-recognised qualification while completing SACE
   – Getting a ‘head start’ in a chosen career
   – Making senior school study more relevant and interesting
   – Providing opportunities to learn ‘on-the-job’ through workplace learning
   – Gaining the skills and knowledge that employers look for
   – Providing pathways into Apprenticeships, Traineeships (including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships), Further Education or Training, and direct employment

Is there a cost to participate in a Regional VET Program?
Costs of each VET course will vary, according to the qualification and its delivery mode. Some programs may have specific equipment or materials that you are required to purchase, e.g. steel-capped boots or equipment that becomes your personal property. Please see the detailed information for each program on this website. Students and Parents/Caregiver will be required to sign a commitment to pay form as part of the subject selection process.  Enrolment into their chosen program cannot occur until this form is completed.

How will I travel to my VET program?
In most cases, students will be required to arrange their own transport to VET programs and workplace learning.

Will doing a VET program affect other subjects undertaken?
Some students may miss lessons, whole days or week blocks for other subjects while undertaking their VET program. This will depend upon their timetable, the VET program they are enrolled in, and the number of other subjects they are studying at their Home School. Students will need to be well organised and prepared to negotiate subject learning requirements by working closely with Subject Teachers and the Home School’s VET Leader.

How is VET delivered to students?
There are three models of delivery that may be used:
1. Online and self-directed – students access the qualification on a regular weekly basis as they would for an Open Access SACE accredited subject
2. Attendance at a regular weekly face to face session, which could be a day per week or scheduled lessons.
3. Week Blocks – Students access the qualification on set weeks (identified below) dependent on the duration of course.

Week Blocks

Please note: Not all Certificates attend all 10 block weeks of training.   Please refer to the specific Flyers for  the  number of the  weeks of training required for your course of interest.

Block Week Dates for 2020:
Block 1 – Wk. 2 Term 1 Monday to Friday (Orientation Thursday and Friday)

Block 2 – Wk. 5 Term 1 Monday to Friday
Block 3 – Wk. 9 Term 1 Monday to Friday
Block 4 – Wk. 5 Term 2 Monday to Friday
Block 5 – Wk. 9 Term 2 Monday to Friday
Block 6 – Wk. 2 Term 3 Monday to Friday
Block 7 – Wk. 5 Term 3 Monday to Friday
Block 8 – Wk. 9 Term 3 Monday to Friday
Block 9 – Wk. 2 Term 4 Monday to Friday
Block 10 – Wk. 5 Term 4 Monday to Friday

Please Note: For Certificate II Automotive, Construction, Engineering and Electrotechnology students will undertake 10 weeks of training in 12 months.

Completed Certificate III (or higher) may contribute to 1 subject in the calculation of an Australian Territory Admissions Ranking (ATAR)*
(*must check the SACE web site to ensure the Certificate III qualification will convert to stage 2 credit and contribute to an ATAR.)

Orientation Days
Orientation days include:
Group welcome for all in a common area
   – Lecturers introduced to students
   – Students allocated to their lecturers
   – TAFE SA tour in educational areas
   – Expectations of the course, support structures etc.
   – Get to know you activities
   – Commence training (OHS, communication etc.)
   – Getting to know LEARN
   – Forwarding your TAFE SA emails to a school or personal account
   – Teaching and learning plans, homework expectations, deadlines and assessments
   – Any other agreed inclusions e.g., First Aid, OHS etc.

The flexibility of SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. This helps students to build pathways through SACE and encourages students to complete VET qualifications while completing the SACE.
Each course offered as part of the Eyre Peninsula VET program provides SACE information relevant to that particular program including the number of SACE Credits and SACE Stage. Please refer to the detailed information provided about each program on this website.
The SACE Board website provides more detailed information on VET in the SACE.