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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.

VET delivered to secondary students

The VET delivered to secondary students program enables students to undertake VET training as part of their senior secondary education. The VET delivered to secondary students program at NRT is 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).

Click here to download NR TAFE's 2020 VET delivered to secondary students guide

Why should I take part in the VET delivered to secondary students program?
  • You have the opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised qualification, skill set or part qualification while still at school
  • You will gain real life experience with industry experts, developing your work, employability and life skills
  • The VET delivered to secondary students program gives you a head start in other nationally recognised qualifications and broadens your career options
  • You will increase your self-esteem, confidence and communication skills
  • VET courses delivered as part of this program can pathway into immediate employment or further education including diplomas or university studies.
The basics
  • 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
  • VET delivered to secondary students training can be delivered at school, on one of our campuses, work-shops or simulated work environments
  • Some courses require workplace learning and experience
School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships

NR TAFE 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 delivered to secondary schools program.

Students will undertake a variety of study at school, training with NR TAFE 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, while still graduating from school with their WACE.

Students undertaking a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship under the VET delivered to schools program with NR TAFE are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. 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.

Aboriginal School Based Training

Aboriginal School Based Training (ASBT) provides opportunities for Aboriginal students in years 10 – 12 to gain a VET 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.

Pre-apprenticeships in school

Pre-Apprenticeships in School (PAIS) is made up of 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. Students must complete a work placement as nominated in the pre-apprenticeship program. NRT 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.

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 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. NR TAFE offers engagement programs, certificates in general education to improve numeracy and literacy, full and part qualifications, and skill sets. School aged students (15-18 years) not enrolled at school are eligible for a concession rate and fee cap.

Studying at North Regional TAFE

A large amount of NR 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. NR 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

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

Students under the VET delivered to secondary students program will have the additional support from their school VET coordinator 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 school's VET coordinator 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 delivered to secondary students pathway, they should contact their child’s school VET coordinator, or contact NR TAFE to discuss the qualifications offered.

Download NR TAFE's 2020 VET delivered to secondary students guide

More information

Kimberley region
Vetis@nrtafe.wa.edu.au

Pilbara region
VetisPilbara@nrtafe.wa.edu.au

Page last updated May 21, 2020