Australian secondary school students can undertake a vocational education and training (VET) program at school. VET delivered to secondary students enables them to get workplace skills through nationally recognised training while still at school.
This gives them an opportunity to gain nationally recognised VET qualifications. The qualifications also provide credits towards their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
Students can also begin part-time school-based apprenticeships and traineeships in secondary school.
The qualifications offered in these VET programs vary across states and territories.
Under the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform Australian, state and territory governments committed to strengthening VET Pathways for Secondary Students. Governments also committed to improving its quality and vocational relevance.
A working group of education and skills government officials will further explore reform options. These include considering the development of a National VET in Schools Strategy in line with Recommendation 10 of the Review of Senior Secondary Pathways into work, further education and training.