What is VET?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education and training that gives students skills and knowledge for work. VET operates through a national training system, and is delivered, assessed and certified by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET.
These recognition arrangements help students to build coherent pathways in the SACE through VET, and encourage students to complete, or make significant progress towards completing VET qualifications while completing the SACE.
VET: practical qualifications
It might be fair to say that many VET courses focus more on providing occupational skills, whereas university courses are better known at focusing on theory and professional career paths. There are many exceptions to this simple statement though because VET covers such a wide range of different courses and qualifications.
VET qualifications include certificates I, II, III and IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas and selected degrees.
VET courses cover:
• basic life skills, even literacy and numeracy training (e.g. pre-vocational training or foundation studies)
• apprenticeships and traineeships
• basic vocational skills for particular occupations (e.g. automotive)
• semi-professional vocational training (e.g. business advertising, occupational health and safety)
• degrees with a practical focus (e.g. hospitality).