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Vocational Education and Training

Frequently Asked Questions About VET and SACE

What is VET?

VET stands for Vocational Education and Training. VET is education and training that gives students skills for work, particularly in the trades and industry. In other words, VET is education and training that gives you skills and knowledge for work.

It is the kind of education offered by TAFE colleges and a range of other registered training organisations. Students have the opportunity to undertake VET as part of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).


How can VET help me?

Under the policy, you can:

  • explore vocational pathways;
  • acquire industry-specific competencies;
  • undertake an Australian school-based apprenticeship or traineeship within a broad general education.

  • The SACE Board recognises VET and it can count towards your SACE.


    How can I access VET?

    VET is able to contribute to SACE by

  • Selecting subjects at NHS which have VET competencies as part of the course
  • Students enrol in VET courses which are taught off campus, purchased VET
  • Students who are completing an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) or traineeship

  • How does VET contribute to the SACE in it's own right?

    VET can be undertaken both within and outside of school through training programs that are based on nationally endorsed training packages. These training packages incorporate national competency standards and are endorsed within the Australian Quality Training Framework. The variety of units of competency offered is tailored to meet individual needs.

    The school is able to help you to understand how this process operates, and will be able to form links with the appropriate registered training organisations.

    If you complete VET independently of your SACE studies, you can be granted status towards completing the SACE. For every 70 hours of VET that you successfully complete, status for 10 SACE credits will be granted.

    To claim status in the SACE, you must provide the school with documents from your registered training organisation to show that you have successfully completed the VET you have undertaken.


    VET Subjects at NHS

    Most VET subjects require students to undertake extended work placement. This may be for a week or more during school time or holidays. Students will be required to catch up on work for other subjects that they miss whilst on work placement. Students at Stage 1 should select a maximum of one from the following to avoid too much time in extended work placements:

    What subjects at NHS have VET competencies in their curriculum?

  • Engineering Pathways - Cert II
  • Automotive Pathways - Cert I & Cert II
  • Allied Health - Cert II & Cert III
  • Hospitality - Kitchen Operations - Cert I & Cert II
  • Agricultural – Cattle - Cert I & Cert II