Vocational education


​​​​​Vocational Education And Training (VET)​​

VET What is it?

Vocational education and training is "education and training for work".  It exists to develop and recognise the competencies or skills of learners.  These work related skills provide a wide range of options for students while they are still attending school and much more post school.

VET provides students with a start to their careers.  The pathways that students can start at school at Certificate I and II level can progress them as far as a degree with recognition of achievement throughout.  Alternately, students can enrol in VET courses after leaving school.

Major objectives of vocational education & training (VET) in schools

The major objectives of VET in Queensland schools include:

  • delivering subjects that have recognised and valued outcomes
  • meeting the curriculum needs and interests of young people and making school learning experiences more relevant to their lives and aspirations
  • enhancing the career and employment opportunities for young people by maximising post-school education, training and employment pathways
  • helping to prepare young people for employment and the world of work more broadly
  • raising the profile of VET within post-compulsory schooling and thereby increasing the likely uptake of more advanced VET programs after school
  • recording student achievement in recognised VET programs on the Senior Certificate as the major record of student achievement in post-compulsory schooling in Queensland
  • maximising the efficient and effective use of public resources allocated to these programs
  • Contributing to the future skills base of Queenslanders, and enhancing the competitiveness of Queensland business and industry.

The Australian Qualifications Framework

All of the VET programmes offered by this college can lead to nationally recognised qualifications – a certificate if you complete all of the requirements of the qualification, or a statement of attainment for those parts that you do successfully complete (if you do not complete the full qualification).  This certificate/statement of attainment will be recognised in all eight States/Territories in Australia.

This is because in Australia we now have a national qualifications framework called the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). There are 12 different types of qualifications you can obtain.  They are shown in the diagram below.  Those that are bolded are the ones that you have the opportunity to fully or partially complete through the VET programmes you are undertaking at this school.

AQF Qualifications by Educational Sector

Schools Sector
Vocational Education and Training Sector
Higher Education Sector
Senior Secondary
Certificate of Education
Advanced Diploma
Certificate IV
Certificate III
Certificate II
Certificate I
Doctoral Degree
Masters Degree
Graduate Diploma
Graduate Certificate
Bachelor Degree
Advanced Diploma

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT's)

Vocational Pathways may begin as early as Year 10 with the opportunity for students to engage in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. This usually means that participating students spend one or two days at a workplace where they are earning at trainee rates and learning on the job skills and from certificate course work delivered by the local TAFE or a private provider.
There are many vocational areas that are covered by these arrangements. These include traineeships in Retail Operations, Hospitality Operations, Horticulture, Business Administration, Auto Mechanics and Servicing, and Early Childhood, and apprenticeships in Auto Mechanics, Heavy Vehicle Diesel Fitting, Carpentry, Commercial Cookery and Sheet Metal Fabrication.
These are great opportunities for students to take part in career focused learning while they continue their study at school.

Last reviewed 31 January 2023
Last updated 31 January 2023