People working in all industries in Australia have to undertake training to learn the skills and knowledge needed to work in that industry. The training can be at a range of levels through degree, diploma and certificate courses and can take place in schools, universities, TAFEs or on the job.

BSSC makes available to students a range of certificate II and III level courses, with opportunities to undertake on the job training, through Structured Workplacement and School Based Apprenticeships.

These can count towards the VCE or VCAL in the same way as VCAL and VCE subject. The VCAA has developed scored assessment and crediting for the VET programs so students can also count VET programs in their ATAR if they complete their courses and undertake scored assessment, where this is a requirement.

VET is suited to students who:

  • would like to gain an industry qualification, as well as their VCE or VCAL
  • want to keep their options open after completing Year 12
  • want to obtain part-time work in an industry.
  • are already skilled in an industry area and can gain excellent study scores for university entry
  • are thinking of obtaining an apprenticeship or traineeship after school
  • enjoy a more “hands on” learning environment

VET studies are not only suited to students who are looking to transition directly into apprenticeships/traineeships or directly into the workplace.

Why include VET in a VCE program?

Inclusion of a VET subject in a VCE learning program is highly recommended. Unless a student is solely University oriented and has a full listing of required pre-requisite subjects that don’t include VET, there are great benefits. VET subjects can:

  • Be scored, or if not, give a 10% increment to the average of the scaled scores of the top four VCE subjects.
  • Provide industry based skills and knowledge which is useful, as contextual understanding, for degree and diploma level course
  • Provide industry based skills and knowledge which can be highly useful to the workplace and is useful, as contextual understanding for degree and diploma level course.
  • Provide entry level to a number of higher education courses.
  • Provide the entry level to traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Provide opportunity for structured work placement in businesses and organisations related to specific career pathways.