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Regional VET Programs

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 Western Adelaide Regional VET Programs?
Regional VET programs provide students in year 10, 11 and 12 in Western Adelaide 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 are the benefits of choosing VET?
Some of the benefits are:

  • gaining a nationally-recognised qualification while completing your SACE.
  • getting a 'head start' in your chosen career.
  • making your 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.
Will I have to pay to participate in a Regional VET Program?
Will I have to pay to participate in a Regional VET Program? Department for Education (public) schools in Western Adelaide region (WASSN) will subsidise the training cost for students if it is part of the students? genuine career pathway and SACE. Please check the level of subsidy with your home school. What remains of the training cost is the WASSN Gap Fee associated with that course. For many courses the WASSN Gap Fee will be zero. Home schools will invoice you for the WASSN Gap Fee (if any) and the compulsory Regional VET fee of $100.00.

In some courses there may be specific personal items or materials the student will require (e.g.: uniform, steel capped boots or other equipment that becomes the personal property of the student). If not purchased personally by the student or family, the HOST School (where you are doing the VET course) will invoice families for these items. Please see www.wats.sa.edu.au for these details under the course name. Students from private (non-Department for Education schools or Department for Education schools outside of Western Adelaide) who wish to apply, will need to discuss program costs and their school's VET payment policy with their school's VET Leader.

Please note: Schools outside of the member and non-member school portfolio as per WASSN Policy there will be an additional fee of $100.00 per student + GST based on administration fees. The student's home school will collect this fee from the family directly.

Training Guarantee for Secondary Students (TGSS)
If a course in the brochure is advertised with a *TGSS this will be a fee that is paid fully or partially by the government to the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) although in some cases there may be an additional gap fee that needs to be paid as this course may not be fully funded. Families may or will be required to pay for the TGSS fee if one is required for the course you will attend. Please check the level of subsidy with your school as to how much the school will support.

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. Please speak to your VET Leader to find out what assistance is available from your Home School.

Will doing a VET program affect my other subjects?
Some students may miss lessons for other subjects while at their VET program. This will depend upon your timetable, the VET program you are enrolled in, and the number of other subjects you are studying at your Home School. This means that you will need to be well organised and prepared to negotiate subject learning requirements by working closely with your subject teachers and VET Leader.

How can I find out more about a Regional VET Program (Course Open Days)?
To help students make informed decisions about applying for Regional VET Programs next year, many Host Schools are offering 'Open Days' for interested students to visit the Host School, meet the teacher/trainer and current students, and to see the course in operation. See the brochure for dates and times of Open Days for each course. To attend one of these Open Days, you must RSVP to the Host School (see contact details in the table) by email at least one week prior to the Open Day date advertised, using the RSVP contact provided in the table. In your RSVP email, please provide your name, your Home School, your year level, your email address and a contact phone number. In conjunction with your parents/caregivers, you will need to arrange your own transport to these sessions, and ensure that you have completed and returned the permission form available from your Home School VET Leader.

Who can I speak to about a Regional VET Program?
Please contact your Home School VET Leader for more information.

How do I apply for a Regional VET Program?
Go to the Apply Now! page for more information.




Applying for a Regional VET Program