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VET is designed to help students get the skills and jobs they need to succeed in their careers and life.

Why VET?

VET provides high-quality, nationally recognised qualifications

Much more than just traditional trades, VET offers pathways to more than 500 careers in a diverse and exciting range of industries. It delivers the kind of transferable skills students will need throughout their careers and offers subsidised training for over 600 qualifications under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program. These qualifications are in industry areas identified as having current and future skills shortages, so opportunities for employment can be greater.

Smart and Skilled also provides fee-free trainingfee-free scholarships and $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships for eligible students.

It is predicted today’s school leaver will have 17 jobs across five careers in their lifetime. The demands of an ever-changing workforce suggest our young people will be retraining, upskilling, changing careers or shifting from employment to self-employment and back again several times over their working lives.

Industry skills

VET partners with leading companies all over NSW

VET partners with leading companies all over NSW

Despite university enrolments rising, the number of university graduates in full-time employment after graduation continues to fall. In contrast, VET graduates are experiencing higher employment rates than their university peers – 69% of bachelor’s degree graduates are in full-time employment compared to 78% of VET graduates and 82% of VET apprentices or trainees.

This is because employers all over Australia hold VET qualifications in high regard. They know our graduates have completed a structured program designed by industry experts that has coached them through the skills employers want.

VET qualifications are available in all occupations that are reporting a shortage of labour. VET can equip school leavers with the experience, skills, specialist qualifications, and licenses necessary to meet this skills demand. And there are VET courses for nine out of the ten occupations predicted to have the greatest new jobs growth over the next few years.

Choosing the right path

VET courses are tailored to meet the needs of future jobs

Help students choose the right path

There is a range of tools and information available to career advisors to help students choose the right VET path for themselves.

Have a look at the Tools & Resources available on this website.

You can also get information about VET opportunities from specialists in your respective school sector:

  • Independent Schools – Contact the Independent Schools Association, Ph 9299 2845
  • Catholic Schools - Contact your local Diocesan Catholic Education Office RTO Manager/VET Manager
  • NSW Public Schools – Contact your regional VET Co-ordinator

There are many professions that are delivered through VET that may surprise you, and ones with strong job prospects. Have a look at some of the training areas available to students listed below.

A VET Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing provides students with the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care for people across the health sector.

Enrolled nurses integrate and adapt specialised, technical and theoretical knowledge to address a diverse range of clinical situations and challenges in their area of specialisation. They contribute to the continuous improvement of clinical practice using research and participate in broader organisational quality processes.

Jobs of Tomorrow scholarships may be available to students undertaking this qualification. Search for courses here .

A VET qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care provides students with the skills required to design and implement curriculums for early childhood education and care services.  They work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Search for courses here.

A VET qualification in the areas of finance or accounting offers students a chance to work on their leadership skills and learn how to apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills in a finance setting. Jobs include an accountant, accounting clerk, bookeeper, financial broker or a financial investments advisor. Search for courses here.

A VET qualification in the management arena offers students a chance to work on their leadership skills and learn how to apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills in a business setting. Jobs include management positions in retail, restaurants, call centres, distribution centres and large businesses. Search for courses here.

A VET qualification in health can set you up for a career in a range of occupations, such as dental hygiene, optometry, pharmacy, disability services, mental health and aged-care, to fitness training, sports science, lifestyle coaching and nutrition. With over 75 qualifications, there is sure to be a health career just right for you. Search for courses here.

A VET qualification in the design field offers students a wide range of industries in which they can learn to apply their technical skills, from construction and the built environment to IT/multimedia to fashion. Jobs may include an architectural, building & surveying technician, graphic or web designer, or fashion designer. Search for courses here.

A VET qualification in the Agricultural area offers students a chance to engage in outdoor work such as cultivating land, growing plants, soil testing or raising stock. Jobs may include a livestock farm worker, agricultural technician or farm owner/operator. Search for courses here.

Employers want to invest in the future

Invest in the future skills needs of your business and industry by hiring a VET graduate, apprentice or trainee today. Research shows there is a direct connection between vocational training and increased workplace diversity, employee loyalty and cooperative productivity.