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?
DECD (public) schools in our region (Western Adelaide) support VET students by paying for the course costs of VET programs if it is part of the student's genuine career pathway and SACE; therefore there are no course costs for students. However, some programs may have specific equipment or materials that you are required to purchase, eg steel-capped boots or equipment that becomes your personal property. Please see the detailed information for each program on this website. Also, your Home School has a Regional VET fee of $100 (please check with your VET Leader about this).
Students from private (non-DECD) schools (or DECD schools outside of our Western Adelaide region) who also wish to apply for any of our Regional VET Programs will need to discuss program costs and their school's VET payment policy with their school's VET Leader.
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.