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Vocational Learning and VET

Vocational Learning and VET

What does your state/territory understand by the terms:

  • Vocational learning
  • Vocational education and training (VET)?

How students can access vocational education, including VET, in Queensland.
How to find out what a school offers in vocational education.

What initiatives/programs are being planned or implemented in your state/territory in vocational learning and structured workplace learning and in what years?

What is the rationale for having vocational learning and structured workplace learning in the compulsory years?

How are the vocational learning initiatives/programs in the compulsory years linked to those in the post-compulsory years?

How might any issues identified in the middle years of schooling impact on vocational learning in Years 9 and 10 (see the web page Middle Years of Schooling)? What are the curriculum implications?

What does your state/territory understand by the terms:

  • vocational learning
  • vocational education and training?

Preparation for the world of work is a very important outcome of schooling. Vocational learning provides students with work-related skills, including social skills such as working with others and intergenerational communication skills.

Vocational learning encompasses:

  • structured work placements
  • work sampling
  • work shadowing
  • research work experience
  • work education programs.

Vocational education and training (VET) involves students working towards and achieving qualifications from nationally-endorsed training packages or accredited courses, delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) complying with the VET Quality Framework (VQF). VET qualifications commonly undertaken by young people attending schools are Certificate I and II qualifications. Students may commence a Certificate III or higher qualification, and complete it post school.

How students can access vocational learning and VET in Queensland

In Years 7–9/10, students generally access work education programs and work experience. In Years 9–10, schools can offer a short course in Career Development and entry-level Certificate I qualifications. The Australian Curriculum will include Work Studies for Years 9 and 10.

Students in Years 10–12 can access VET as well as general vocational education. Schools can offer the following vocational learning Authority-registered subjects:

  • Agriculture Practices
  • Aquatic Practices
  • Business Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • English Communication
  • Fashion
  • Functional English
  • Functional Mathematics
  • Hospitality Practices
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Prevocational Mathematics
  • Recreation
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Science in Practice
  • Social and Community Studies
  • Tourism.

Workplace Learning projects may also be undertaken for contribution to the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Students in Years 10–12 may access VET through:

  • a school, which is also a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • a non-school RTO
  • school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs).

Many Queensland schools are RTOs. They offer VET qualifications within their scope of registration, generally at Certificate I and II levels.

Non-school RTOs include TAFE Institutes and private providers. They offer VET qualifications within their scope of registration, generally at Certificate II and III levels.

Students undertaking VET are strongly encouraged to undertake work placement related to the qualification they are studying.

Students may undertake any traineeship or apprenticeship under school-based arrangements. Students undertaking a school-based apprenticeship may have their on-the-job training recognised for the Queensland Certificate of Education.

How to find out what a school offers in vocational learning and VET

Information about VET options available to students can be obtained by contacting the relevant school or visiting the www.training.gov.au website.

Further information about VET in schools programs is available at:

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