VET in School Certificates are undertaken by senior secondary school students as part of their secondary school certificate; the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
VET is optional in the VCE but essential in VCAL
Vocational Education and Training Programs assist students to make the transition to further education, training and employment. Many programs are based on entry level TAFE courses. These programs are designed so that students can develop general work related competencies and the skills and knowledge required in a particular industry.
- A nationally recognised vocational certificate
- Counts towards the VCAL certificate or VCE Certificate
- May contribute to the ATAR or study score in the VCE
- Allow students to gain the VCE or VCAL and a VET qualification promote an awareness of the world of work through work placement
- Develop general work related competencies i.e. skills in communication, team work, using technology, problem solving, using mathematical ideas and concepts, planning and organising activities, gathering and analysing information and occupational health and safety
- Develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a particular industry
- Give students a competitive edge in looking for both casual and full time employment
Some VET programs incur a materials charge for consumable items (such as food, timber, text books). This charge must be paid before a student will be accepted into a program.
VET in the VCE
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has endorsed these programs and so the work done in the VET program is equal to completing VCE units. This means that students can use the VCE VET units to satisfy the minimum requirements for VCE. All VET in the VCE programs have Unit 1/2 and / or 3/4 status and some can provide students with an ATAR contribution. The number of VCE units and the ATAR contribution available varies from program to program.
As these programs contribute to VCE it is more than likely that students will complete some theory work as part of the program.
Some VCE VET programs require students to complete specific VCE subjects to complement the VET program and students must complete extra assessment tasks in the VCE subjects to meet VET requirements. If successful, students will gain a VCE certificate and a VET certificate.
VCE VET programs usually require students to complete one or two weeks structured workplace learning.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship program for secondary school students is open to students 15 years of age or over who are permanent residents of Australia. The program involves the students undertaking their VCE / VCAL certificate as well as being employed and trained under the following arrangements:
- VCE/VCAL studies selected by student
- A training agreement registered with the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE)
- A negotiated training program leading to a nationally recognised qualification
- Paid work under some form of industrial agreement that endorses Part-time Apprenticeships, such as a Federal Industrial Award, Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or Certified Agreement (CA)
School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs generally provide the same contribution to the VCE as their related VET in the VCE programs.
For further information http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet/programs
Structured Workplace Learning
Some VET programs have compulsory work placement components and others do not. Courses with work placement components require students to do structured work experience in their chosen industry. The amount of work placement for each program varies. The time when the work placement is done varies. Family holidays should be organised around these times.
Students will be expected to assist with the organisation of work placement. They are required to get legal forms signed and in some cases attend an interview with prospective employers. Students should initially try to find their own work placement. Students who find their own work placement should select one that suits their own travel requirements.
Students are expected to organise their own transport to and from VET school or TAFE / Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
There are many advantages for students who choose to do a VET program. Seymour College is committed to doing all that it can to ensure that students gain entry to and are successful in the VET program of their choice. Students need to be committed to their VET program. They will be expected to:
- Meet application deadlines, prepare for and attend interviews on time, when relevant
- Attend classes on time and on a regular basis.
- Notify the school, RTO or TAFE of an impending absence.
- Always act in a responsible manner at school, RTO, TAFE or workplace.
- Abide by the rules of an RTO or TAFE
- Always be prepared for classes and have the necessary equipment required.
- Organise and complete work placement when required.
- Promptly notify Seymour College’s VET Coordinator whenever problems or queries occur.
Students receive a Statement of VET Modules or Units of Competence. Only VCE VET units with a result of S or C are reported on the VCE Statement of Results or are sent to VTAC or VCAA. A result of N or J for a VCE VET unit is not calculated.
The Statement of VET Modules or Units of Competence lists each module satisfactorily completed as a part of the VCE VET program. The statement is cumulative and reports modules undertaken in both the current and previous years.
Students who satisfactorily complete a VCE VET program will receive a Certificate for the qualification achieved. This Certificate will be provided by their RTO.