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 can be integrated into selected Year 10 subjects at Adelaide High School (in some Language courses, Outdoor Education and ICT). However, there is a fee to be paid by families for the training that is completed as a separate pathway. The cost depends on the course chosen and may vary or increase from year to year. Purchased VET courses only run if there are sufficient numbers. 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.
From January 1, 2014, INAP Training and Development Provider (Inner Northern Adelaide VET broker) and Quality LinCS (Inner Southern VET broker) will merge with VETnetwork Australia to form the Training Services division of the organisation, whose headquarters will be based at Netley.
VETnetwork Australia Training Services 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 South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and possibly tafeSA certificates or Statements of Attainment for the competencies completed.
Years 10 – 12 Adelaide High School students will have access to quality VET semester and full year courses and can enrol in them from September, 2013. The courses have been grouped into these industry areas:
• Animal Care and Management
• Business Services and IT
• 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:
• Responsible Service of Alcohol
• First Aid
Through the Western Adelaide Trade School for the Future, Adelaide High School students in Years 10 – 12 can enrol in another short course, Construction Industry White Card Training. This course is usually held once or twice a term.
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 www.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.