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Vocational education and training (VET) opens doors to opportunity.


Subsidised training

With flexible study options and the opportunity to do a tertiary qualification as part of your HSC, VET is an express path into an exciting and well-paid job.

Another key benefit of VET is that over 700 qualifications are subsidised by the NSW Government under its Smart and Skilled program

More than 500 job pathways are on offer through VET courses, traineeships and apprenticeships – including fields that were previously only accessible with a university degree. See our jobs guide for a peek at some of the coolest occupations on offer.

If you are eligible for Smart and Skilled training and you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, a student with a disability or an Australian Government welfare recipient, you and your dependants may be eligible for a fee exemption or concession when enrolling in a Smart and Skilled course. Fee-free scholarships are also available for eligible students.

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Jobs of Tomorrow

See yourself in one of these professions, then get the qualification you need through VET

Jobs of tomorrow

Jobs of tomorrow

Technology is changing the way we live and work. According to a recent report, 75 per of the fastest-growing occupations in Australia require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. Some of these occupations include information and communications technology (ICT), education, engineering, medical services and healthcare, and construction and trades.

Other industries predicted to keep pace include those that rely on uniquely ‘human skills’ that technology can’t replicate – think empathy, creativity, humour and social and emotional intelligence. Boom occupations include healthcare, childcare, personal care, social work, human resources, marketing, education and the creative industries.

VET delivers training in all these occupations and more. Start with these 20 top jobs.

Want to get paid to play video games? We thought so. As with many jobs in the tech sector, employers are more likely to be impressed by a great game demo than anything written on paper. If you’re short on skills, a Certificate IV or Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games can teach you everything you need to become a player in the industry, from multimedia design to animation, programming, coding and testing.
Find out more about the Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games – and estimate your course fee – here.

The ICT industry is undergoing a jobs boom, with plenty of opportunity for skilled and experienced workers to land jobs with a six-figure salary. Computer network professionals monitor and maintain the network, database, software and systems for a range of businesses, and provide technical and operational support.
Find out more about a Diploma of Information Technology Networking – and estimate your course fee – here.

If nature and the environment are your passion, this job will see you study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment and our natural resources. The occupation can span various industries, including agriculture, forestry, mining, the public sector and more.
Find out more about a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management – and estimate your course fee – here.

Much like an architect, a building designer is responsible for sketching building plans, preparing documentation and examining relevant codes. It’s lucrative work in Australia, with the average building designer bringing home an average of $90,500 per year, with experienced workers earning around $127,000. The best part? No university degree required.
Find out more about the Diploma of Building Design – and estimate your course fee – here.

If you love fixing things and knowing how they work – machines and computers in particular – engineering may be an ideal job pathway. From cars, boats and airplanes, to buildings, biomedical devices and jewellery, the skills learnt in a Certificate IV in Engineering can be applied across numerous industries.
Find out more about the Certificate IV in Engineering – and estimate your course fee – here.

Not only does nursing allow you to wear comfy, pyjama-like clothes to work, you’ll also make a big difference in people’s lives, providing vital care and assistance. Nursing is not just one job either, with many specialisations available, from pediatric nursing to dental and aged-care nursing, to name a few. It also has some of the best job opportunities around, with 129,600 new job openings expected in nursing and midwifery by 2024, according to new NCVER research.
Find out more about the Diploma of Nursing – and estimate your course fee – here.

Unlike SEEK or Linked In, a career counsellor does more than simply match a person to a job, they also provide specialised knowledge, support and guidance, helping others to locate, secure and maintain employment, and reach their full potential.
Find out more about a Certificate IV in Employment Services – and estimate your course fee – here.

Are you a social media addict? While you may use Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook on a daily basis, creating compelling content that converts followers into customers requires sophisticated marketing skills. Specialised social media courses, such  as a Diploma of Social Media Marketing, will bring you up to speed with new and emerging platforms as well as provide insightful training on strategy, brand  promotion and campaign management.
Find out more about the Diploma of Social Media Marketing – and estimate your course fee – here.

With opportunities set to increase in the future, human resources is a diverse and interesting job path that can see you positively influence the lives of individuals and the culture of businesses and corporate organisations.
Find out more about a Diploma of Human Resources Management – and estimate your course fee – here.

This exciting behind-the- scenes role will have you creating your own TV show, from pitching ideas, to reading scripts, hiring talent and managing post production. Most television producers start as a production assistant or broadcast operator and work their way up.
Start your job in TV with a Certificate III in Broadcast Technology – and estimate your course fee – here.

More fantastic jobs through VET

Want to be your own boss? Building an empire takes more than just a good idea. Operations, marketing, financial management – running a business requires many skills.
A Certificate IV in New Small Business is a great place to start – read more and estimate your course fee -  here.

Construction managers oversee the delivery of civil engineering projects, buildings and dwellings, and are responsible for everything from interpreting architectural drawings to allocating resources and ensuring best practices around work health and safety. It’s an exciting, detail-driven role that can take you all around the world.
Find out more about a Diploma of Building and Construction – and estimate your course fee – here.

An important aspect of graphic and multimedia design, illustrators create dynamic images that help bring ideas and stories to life. Skilling up with a Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies will take your drawing and painting skills to the next level, and help you understand how to work to a creative brief and deliver artwork to the correct technical specifications.
Find out more about a Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies – and estimate your course fee – here.

Do you love nature and enjoy working outside? This highly-valued trade course will teach budding landscape designers all the skills they need to design a garden, from plant selection to creating landscape structures and maintenance.
Find out more about the Certificate IV in Horticulture – and estimate your course fee – here.

If you want a high-flying job, VET could be your ticket to an exciting position in the aviation industry. If it’s a commercial pilot role you’re after, get off the ground with a Diploma of Aviation. Otherwise, learn how to inspect and repair aircraft with a Certificate III in Aeroskills.
Find out more about the Certificate III in Aeroskills (Mechatronics) – and estimate your course fee – here.

Not just a hobby, caring for bees can be fascinating work. Apiarists are responsible for nurturing this precious species, from operating beehives to overseeing pollination and harvesting wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and all that sweet, sweet honey.
Find out more about the Certificate III in Beekeeping – and estimate your course fee – here.

Turn your love of skincare and cosmetics into a rewarding job with an apprenticeship as a beauty therapist. Customer service is at the heart of this occupation, with students honing their communication skills alongside specific beauty treatments and modalities. Graduates typically work in a spa or salon.
Find out more about a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy – and estimate your course fee – here.

You don’t need to be an artist to play a vital role in the creative industries sector. Arts administrators bring project management and administration skills to facilitate the smooth operations of galleries, museums, theatres and community arts centres. They can also work in an education and training capacity.
Find out more about a Certificate IV in Arts Administration – and estimate your course fee – here.

Buzz, tapers, shades and fade – men’s grooming has enjoyed a renaissance of late, with barbering now an in-demand skill that can see you carve out a creative career, be it for a general or specialist salon, or your own barber shop. Qualifications in barbering are available as a course or apprenticeship.
Find out more about a Certificate III in Barbering – and estimate your course fee – here.

Cooking food is only part of the duties of a chef – planning menus, ordering food, managing staff and ensuring stringent safety and hygiene standards are all equally important facets of the profession. Within the industry, there’s plenty of scope to pursue areas of personal interest, including catering and running your own restaurant, and opportunities for employment are wide and diverse.
Find out more about a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery – and estimate your course fee – here.

Jobs tips

Job tips

Developed in partnership with industry, VET courses provide the kind of transferable skills and learning you’ll need to land that dream job – and thrive once you’re there. Here are seven skills worth highlighting on your CV.

Turning up to work with an eagerness to learn and a positive, can-do mindset will make you a valued employee in any industry.

Even if your day-to-day role largely involves working individually, there’s always scope to learn from others and to understand where you fit in a broader picture. Never be afraid to ask questions and consult others.

Whether you’re a tradesperson or a health professional, being able to use technology will help you work more efficiently and effectively. Basic office applications, mobile technology and social media skills are key.

Recruiters generally spend less than 30 seconds skimming through a job application, so solid written communication skills are sure to get you noticed. Verbal communications skills like empathy, listening and persuasion are also key attributes employers look for.

A recent survey by Hays recruiting experts found adaptability to be among the skills that employers value most highly. Adaptability is our ability to update and change as our roles require it.

VET courses deliver much more than theory – you’ll learn practical skills and up-to-date knowledge that is needed on the job. From computer programs to problem solving, the courses prepare you for real-world work situations.

This isn’t about being arts and crafty – creative thinking means approaching a problem from a new or different angle. Using your unique skills and perspective to solve problems and make a positive impact.

Why do a trade?

Did you know that 92% of VET graduates are employed after a trade apprenticeship? And that starting salaries can be as high as $91,000? With the NSW Government alone spending an incredible $80.1 billion on infrastructure projects in the coming years, there’s never been a better time to do a trade.

The government is also actively encouraging women to enter the building and construction field, with its Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program aiming to double the number of women in trade-related work in the coming years.

Trade apprenticeships are available in a diverse range of occupations – electrician, plumber, builder, stonemason, automechanic, aircraft mechanic and much more.

Start by searching apprenticeships and traineeships here. There are also pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships available if you want to ‘try before you buy’.

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