Vocational Education and Training

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2016 VET

Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to the national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry.

Trainers of VET courses deliver units of competence from nationally recognised training packages. VET courses allow Years 10 – 12 students to:

  • personalise their learning pathways
  • develop and practice business specific skills
  • work towards attaining nationally accredited certification
  • work towards achieving their SACE through diverse and rigorous learning experiences.


VET units are integrated into Year 10 and Stage 1 Home Economics at Adelaide High School.

Purchased VET courses, delivered outside the school, only run if there are sufficient numbers. The cost is borne by the families. Some courses are only offered in Semester 1, whilst others run only in Semester 2. However, most usually run in both semesters and there are full year training options as well. Some VET courses require students to complete Structured Work Placements as part of the requirements.

Given that VET courses allow students to gain SACE accreditation either at Stage 1 or 2 level, with parent / carer approval, students can either complete a VET course in lieu of a school based subject, or in addition to the full load of school subjects.

Please note that students who complete Certificate III level training courses (as listed on the SACE Board’s VET Recognition Register and which contains some Stage 2 accreditation) can use this to help generate an ATAR score, required for tertiary entrance. Only one Certificate III course can be counted for ATAR generation.


VETnetwork Australia Training Services, the main VET service broker for Adelaide High School, is focussed on providing quality training opportunities to help young people achieve a nationally recognised qualification and to reach their full potential. VETnetwork Australia Training Services encourages partnership approach with key stakeholders committed to improving education and transition outcome for young people.

Students who successfully complete a unit or units of study in their chosen VET course gain valuable industry experience, nationally recognised accreditation and are awarded credits towards both their SACE and possibly tafeSA certificates or Statements of Attainment for the competencies completed.

Years 10 – 12 Adelaide High School students have access to quality VET semester and full year courses. The courses have been grouped into these industry areas:

  • Animal Care and Management
  • Business Services and IT
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Design
  • Health and Community Services
  • Sport, Fitness and Massage
  • Trade Skills, Science and Technology
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Services

During the year, Adelaide High School students can also enrol in these short courses, for which there is no SACE accreditation and which are held at various times:

  • Barista
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • First Aid
  • Construction Industry White Card Training.

Payment for these courses can be made to VETnetwork. The only exception to this is the Construction Industry White Card course, for which payment can be made at school.
Please visit http://training.vetnetwork.org.au/ or contact Livia D’Aloia, the Adelaide High School VET and Enterprise Coordinator, if you require further information.


EASC VET Program

Years 10 – 12 Adelaide High School students can also access VET courses offered by the Eastern Adelaide Schools Cluster, comprising 19 schools across all sectors and a range of training partners. These courses compliment student interests, school specialisations, regional and national skill shortage areas and experiences which lead to the development of transferable skills. Most of the EASC VET courses occur on a regular training day and are held off campus. Payment can be made at school for these courses.

Please visit http://www.easc.org.au or contact Livia D’Aloia, the Adelaide High School VET and Enterprise Coordinator, if you require further information.