Vocational Education and Training ( 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.

What is VET?

  • VET is nationally accredited training at Certificate level according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • It is delivered by an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • Successful completion of VET is resulted in an Academic Transcript from the RTO

How does it contribute to the SACE?

  • Up to150 of the 200 credits required for the SACE can be gained through VET
  • The other 50 Credits are compulsory SACE – PLP(10 credits), Research Project(10 credits), Literacy(20 credits) and Numeracy(10 credits)
  • Depending on the Certificate level VET is recognised at Stage 1 and/or 2 level (Click here to check this on the SACE website under the Recognition Register)
  • 70 nominal hours of VET counts for 10 SACE credits (35 nominal hours of VET counts for 5 SACE credits)

Which VET is funded by the Government?

  • Under the Workready program Training Guarantee for SACE students (TGSS) some Certificate II VET is provided fee free.
  • Details of current funded courses are available on the Funded Training List 10 on the skills and employment website  Click here for the Skills and employment website
  • Gladstone High School currently assists VET students be refunding $200 to families once the student has achieved their first 35 nominal hours

 Who is eligible for the TGSS?

  • Students who are 16 years or older at the start of the Semester of training and working toward completing the SACE
  • Students who planning to complete a Certificate III qualification or higher soon after leaving school
  • Those who have already completed either some relevant VET, or Work Experience in the vocational area they are applying for
  • Students willing to undertake at least 140 hours of Work Placement relevant to the qualification studied, and maintain a workplace logbook

How can I apply to study VET while still at school?

  • To discuss the possibilities of studying VET as part of SACE please make a Subject Counselling appointment with Renee Thamm
  • Students need to bring to details of a clearly chosen vocational pathway
  • Complete an application Form A in consultation with the school before the 7th September 2018 for study in Semester 1 2019
  • We recommend that students studying VET choose Workplace Practices to provide support in their VET studies and Work placements

How else could I access VET at school?

  • School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship under a contract of training
  • The student/family needs to find an Employer who is willing to sign them into a Sba
  • The employer pays a minimum of 7.5 hours to the student for work each week

What VET has recently been delivered to students at Gladstone High School?

  • Certificate III in Aged Care
  • Certificate III in Agriculture
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing (Diesel)
  • Certificate II and III in Beauty Services
  • Certificate III in Butchery
  • Certificate II and partial completion of Certificate III in Construction
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media & Technology
  • Certificate II and III in Rural Operations
  • Certificate II in Retail Services


Community Developed Programs can be accredited as non-compulsory SACE Units:

  • This includes CFS, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Music Examination, Cadets

Self-Directed Community Learning

  • For Programs which do not have formal accreditation, such as independent life skills, personal enrichment, caregiving, leadership in the workplace and volunteering. Students are responsible for completing an application for recognition with the SACE coordinator, and then attend an interview to assess their learning.