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Training at North Regional TAFE can open up a world of opportunities if you are still at school and looking to get a head start in your career.

What is VET in Schools?  

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) are courses undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary education. 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 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

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 of immediate employment or further education including diploma or university studies

What do I get from VETiS?

  • Nationally recognised qualification, skill sets or part qualifications
  • Contributes to the West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • Real life experience with industry experts
  • Industry specific knowledge and skills to give you that head start
  • A pathway to further study, employment or an apprenticeship or traineeship

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, workshops or simulated work environments
  • Some courses require workplace learning and experience
  • Students are limited to one profile-funded qualification for their secondary schooling (i.e. year 11 and 12) to maximise student access to fee-free training

Studying at NRT

A large amount of NRT’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. NRT 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.

Fees and charges

Secondary school students undertaking a VETiS funded qualification 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/or text books.

Work experience

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

Student support available

NRT 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 VETiS 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:

1. Discuss with their child career aspirations for when they leave school, and help them to determine the subjects that will best help them achieve these aspirations.
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 NRT to discuss the qualifications offered.

How to enrol in a VETiS qualification

  • Students must be enrolled and attending high school to enrol in a VETiS qualification, and be in either year 11 or 12
  • Make an appointment to speak to your school’s VET Coordinator about the VETiS qualifications available to senior students at your school
  • Discuss career goals with parents/caregivers and teachers, then advise your VET Coordinator of your preferences
  • Apply to your school to secure a place

Please remember that places are limited for VETiS. 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.

What I need to enrol in a VETiS qualification

  • SCSA (School Curriculum & Standards Authority) number. This can be found on your school report by speaking with your VET Coordinator at school
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. If you do not already have a USI then you will need to visit this website to gain one, www.usi.gov.au
  • Parent/guardian details and an emergency contact

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:

  • 52769WA Certificate I Gaining Access to Training and Employment
  • 52773WA Certificate I in Leadership Development
  • 52774WA Certificate II in Leadership Development
  • RII10115 Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations
  • RII20115 Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation
  • AHC10116 Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management
  • AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management  

Pre-apprenticeships in school

Pre-apprenticeships in schools (PAIS) are Certificate II programs that have been nominated by Western Australian training councils as valid pathways from school to related apprenticeships. Students attend school, train at TAFE and are linked to an employer for work placement. The student must complete a work placement as nominated in the pre-apprenticeship program. The TAFE/RTO will coordinate work placements in partnership with the schools. Students undertaking a PAIS program are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. However, depending on the qualification, students may be required to purchase personal protective equipment and/or text books.

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 VETiS 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 VETiS 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/or text books.

How to sign up as a school based trainee/apprentice

It is vital for the success of a school based trainee or apprentice (SBA/T) 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 SBA/T qualification.

Students or the school may approach an employer to discuss the possibility of setting up a SBA/T, or alternatively a Group Training Organisation may be utilised to help find an employer. There are many stakeholders involved in a SBA/T, including the student, their guardians, the school, the employer and the RTO (TAFE). Please refer to the DTWD website for more information on SBA/Ts.

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. NRT offers engagement programs, certificates in general education to improve numeracy and literacy, full and part qualifications, and skill sets. Additional support is provided through LLN lecturers, the Aboriginal Training Services Team, Disability Support, and mentors. School aged students (15-18 years) not enrolled at school are eligible for a concession rate and fee cap. Please see our Fees and Charges Policy for more information.

More information

For more information on youth options and qualifications available to students, please speak to NRT’s dedicated VETiS coordinators:

Kimberley region
9193 8929

Pilbara region
9159 6787

Page last updated May 28, 2018