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Vet in Schools

What is VET in Schools?  

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) are courses undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary certificate. The VETiS programs at North Regional TAFE are available to all high school students in the Kimberley and Pilbara who would like to gain a qualification while they are at school. Students in years 11 and 12 can complete courses while working towards their WACE.

What qualification can I gain? 

You get the opportunity to attain:
•    Nationally recognised qualifications, skill sets or part qualifications
•   The West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
•    Real life experience with industry experts

Why should I study VETiS?

  •  It develops your work, employability and life skills
  • Gives you a head start in other nationally recognised qualifications
  • Broadens your career options
  • Helps increase your self-esteem, confidence and communication skills
  • Improves your employment prospects
  • Can lead to pathways to immediate employment or further education including diploma or university studies

About training at NRT

•     Training is available to students in years 11 and 12. 
•     Places are limited. 
•     All training courses are nationally recognised and comply with strict quality standards.
•     VETiS training can be delivered at school, on one of our campuses, work-shops or simulated work environments.
•     Some courses require workplace learning and experience. 

Work experience

Some courses may involve workplace experience to support the learning program. Students will be advised by their lecturer if this is case, and in some instances it is the responsibility of the student or the school to organise work experience. 

Fees and charges

Secondary school students undertaking a VET in Schools funded qualifications with NRT are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. However, depending of the qualification, students may be required to purchase personal protective equipment and text books. 

Studying at North Regional TAFE

A large amount of North Regional TAFE’s programs are held in workshops and classrooms which offer industry standard facilities and equipment. Students are given hands-on training on campus, in simulated workplaces or on-site in the workplace, giving them both practical skills and theoretical knowledge to guarantee well balanced training. 

Students are responsible for ensuring that they attend all scheduled classes in order to successfully complete their qualification. Attendance is recorded and the school is notified of absences. North Regional TAFE is an adult learning environment and therefore students are expected to behave in an appropriate manner at all times, adhering to the Student Code of Conduct.

Student support available

North Regional TAFE is committed to helping students reach their career and study goals by providing a range of support services. 

The Aboriginal Training Services Team provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a range of different ways. They can assist with study, talking to lecturers and support in class, as well as mentoring and career counselling. 

NRT’s Disability Support Coordinator can provide information and advice, and arrange individual study support with students. 

Students under the VET in Schools program will have the additional support from their VET Coordinator and school supports whilst at TAFE.

How parents/caregivers can help

Vocational Education and Training offers industry experience and skills that can be transferred into the workplace or articulated into further study. Parents and caregivers can help their child’s decision making by following these steps:
Step 1: Discuss with their child’s career aspirations for when they leave school, and help them to determine the subjects that will best help them achieve these aspirations. 
Step 2: Speak with the VET Coordinator at the school to identify the VET options available in their region and the requirements involved to help their child make an informed decision.

Should parents have any questions regarding the VET pathway, they should contact their child’s school VET Coordinator, or contact North Regional TAFE to discuss the qualifications offered.

How to enrol in a VET in Schools qualification?

1.    Students must be enrolled and attending high school to enrol in a VET in Schools qualification, and be in either Year 11 or 12. 
2.    Make an appointment to speak to your school’s VET Coordinator about what VET in Schools qualifications are available to senior students at your school. 
3.    Discuss career goals with parents/caregivers and teachers, then advise your VET Coordinator of your preferences.
4.    Apply to your school NOW to secure a place.

Please remember that places are limited for VET in Schools. Unfortunately, not every qualification may be available where you live and available courses may change. Delivery of qualifications is also dependant on viable class sizes and the facilities available at each campus.  

Aboriginal School Based Training 

Aboriginal School Based Training (ASBT) provides opportunities for Aboriginal students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to gain a qualification. Students learn about the world of work, workplace expectations, explore careers and training areas, as well as undertake real or simulated work projects. The training is specifically designed to be engaging and encourages students to go into further training, a traineeship or employment. Schools need to apply for placements under ASBT through their School Sector Representative.

ASBT current courses on offer by NRT are:
•    Certificate I Gaining Access to Training and Employment 52769WA
•    Certificate I in Leadership Development 52773WA
•    Certificate II in Leadership Development 52774WA     
•    Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations RII10115
•    Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation RII20115 

School based traineeships/apprenticeships 

NRT offers programs whereby students can start as a trainee or apprentice while still at school. School based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid employment based training arrangements formalised in a National Training Contract made between the employer and the student (and guardian). School Based Apprenticeships or Traineeships are available as part of the VET in Schools program.

Students will undertake a variety of study at school, training with NRT and will be contracted to work and train with an employer. This gives students the chance to complete the requirements of a nationally recognised qualification and will have the opportunity to graduate from school with their WACE. 

Students undertaking a school based traineeship or apprenticeship under the VET in Schools program with NRT are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. However, depending on the qualification, students may be required to purchase personal protective equipment and text books.

How to sign up as a school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBT/A)?

It is vital for the success of a school based apprenticeship or traineeship to ensure that the student is well matched to the employment based training opportunity. Students need to consider what their interests, aspirations and abilities are, and to share these with their guardians and school. These should be then matched to the employer’s capacity to provide work based training that is complementary and appropriate to those interests, aspirations and ability, as well as to the requirements of the SBT/A qualification. Students or the school may approach an employer to discuss the possibility of setting up a SBT/A, or alternatively a Group Training Organisation may be utilised to help find an employer. There are many stakeholders involved in a SBT/A including the student, their guardians, the school, the employer and the RTO (TAFE). Please refer to the DTWD website for more information on SBT/A’s.

Current school based apprenticeships and traineeship courses available at NRT:

  • Certificate II Automotive Servicing Technology AUR20512
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) 52443WA
  • Certificate II in Business BSB20112
  • Certificate II Retail Makeup and Skin Care SIB20110 & Certificate II Hairdressing SIH20111
  • Certificate II in Hospitality SIT20213
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations SIT20312
  • Certificate II in Tourism SIT20112
  • Certificate III Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113
  • Certificate II Engineering MEM20105
  • Certificate II in Logistics TLI21810
  • Certificate II in Retail Services SIR20212
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation SIS20313

Leaving school – Notice of Arrangement 

For young people in Years 11 and 12 there are a range of approved education options available which meet the School Education Act (1999).  Students can leave school as long as they participate in an approved study/training option which is considered full time. This means students can study at TAFE full time, do a combination of TAFE and employment, or even take on an Apprenticeship or Traineeship. We offer engagement programs, certificates in general education to improve numeracy and literacy, full and part qualifications, and skill sets. We have additional support through LLN lecturers, the Aboriginal Training Services Team, Disability support, and mentors. 

Page last updated August 04, 2016