VET in schools
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The VET (Vocational Education Training) program can be integrated into a student's VCE or VCAL program. VET subjects are studied offsite often at TAFE or an RTO.

Successful completion of a VET subject results in a student achieving a TAFE certificate (usually Certificate II level, eg. Cert II in Automotive or Cert II in Hospitality). BSC students can access VET programs from the Northern Melbourne Vet Cluster (NMVC) or the Inner Melbourne Vet Cluster (IMVC) which provides a broad range of programs from which to choose.

VET Structured Workplace Learning

A component of most VET programs is that students participate in some structured workplace learning hours (an extended form of work experience where students can demonstrate the competencies they have learned through the VET program). The work placement usually occurs during the school holidays and could run for up to a week at a time.

The IMVC website can assist students to find a work placement whilst the DET Structured Workplace Learning webpage provides further guidelines surrounding workplace learning.

Before deciding on a VET subject, a student should consider the following:

  • if the subject is of genuine interest to them
  • if they can be organised and motivated enough to complete a VET program and whether they are willing to commit to duration of the VET program. Usually a VET program runs for two years (through Year 11 & Year 12). Some programs are of one year duration only
  • if they are prepared to complete work placement during their usual school holiday periods as part of the course
  • the location of the VET program and associated transport  issues
  • whether the VET program will contribute to their VCE ATAR score. Some programs will have a study score available but others will contribute as a block credit only (10% increment equivalent to a 5th or 6th subject). A small number of programs may only provide credit at a Units 1 & 2 level, so this is particularly relevant to students considering doing a VET as part of their VCE program.

Please follow this link to watch a clip that explains more about the VET program and how it is delivered via host schools and RTOs.

Any questions relating to students studying a VET in Schools program should be directed to Cathie Cowcher, VET Coordinator at Brunswick Secondary College. Refer to the links below to find more online information about VET.


DEECD - Structured workplace learning

IMVC website

Structured Workplace Learning Form