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Benefits of VET

VET qualifications will stand you in good stead to take on your chosen career. They focus on the occupational skills and competencies you’ll need.

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Whether you're a student or already in the workforce, VET has something for you

Your VET course will broaden your skills in a specialised area and give you the practical experience you'll need for the workplace. It will train you to design, plan and execute the practical and technical aspects of your field within an industry context.

Qualifications range across four levels of certificates (Certificate I, II, III and IV), as well as Diploma courses and Advanced Diploma courses.

There are many professions that are delivered through VET that may surprise you, and ones with strong job prospects.

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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 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 VET qualifications, there is sure to be a health career just right for you.

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 finance or accounting offers students a chance to work on their leadership skills and learn how to apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work in a finance setting. Jobs may include accountant, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, financial broker or a financial investments advisor.

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 architectural, building & surveying technician, graphic or web designer, or fashion designer.

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.

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


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Where a vocational education can take you

Vocational education and training (VET) institutions specialise in providing students with hands-on experience and real-world skills to help them pursue their chosen careers.

Our courses cover a wide array of industries and the myriad job opportunities that exist within each.

These courses include administration, retail, tourism & hospitality, community services & health, transport, technology, construction, utilities, mining and manufacturing.

Job outcomes

VET opens doors to both traditional and surprising career opportunities. No matter your interests or skill set, there’s a job and VET course to suit.

From working in an office as a marketing and communication manager, to outdoors roles as plant operators or tunnelling specialists, you can choose.


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Benefits of VET

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Real-life stories from VET students. Hear first-hand about their experiences studying VET.

They come from all across the state, from rural communities, coastal towns and metropolitan areas. They travel from interstate or overseas, and learn on campus, online and in the workplace. They’ve studied short courses, certificates, apprenticeships, diplomas, degrees and foundation studies. They’ve experienced full-time study, juggled work with part-time study or followed flexible courses to suit their lifestyles.

Jordan Cahill landscape construction apprentice
Rose Cox kitchen operations school based apprentice
Shaun Van Uum building and construction apprentice

Jordan Cahill

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Rose Cox

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Shaun Van Uum

Cert III in Carpentry & Cert IV in Building and Construction

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Before pursuing a career, Jordan spoke with family, friends and employers who all recommended an apprenticeship. “They helped me realise that an apprenticeship could open many doors for me because of the practical training and being on-the-job,” he says.

His apprenticeship included a Certificate III in Landscape Construction through TAFE NSW. “I started on small jobs supervised by tradespeople, to being second in charge on larger sites,” says Jordan, who is now a site supervisor.

Last year was an exciting one. “I competed successfully in WorldSkills and won a scholarship with a company that built an exhibit for the Chelsea International Flower Show in London.” He also won the NSW Apprentice of the Year Award and was runner-up at the Australian Training Awards. This year, Jordan is a competition judge at World Skills 2018 in Sydney.

Rose took up cooking as a way of catering to her passion for food, experimentation and expression. As a primary carer for her mother, the VET course she undertook in high school also gave her a skill set to use at home to prepare family meals.

As a part of her qualification, Rose completed a number of work placements and was offered an apprenticeship. She is currently a trainee at PwC, one of Australia’s leading professional services companies, studying for a degree and looking to complete a VET course next year in business administration.

“Every day I use the culinary skills but also the other practical skills like teamwork and organisation,” says the 2017 VET in Schools Student of the Year. “VET is a wonderful opportunity that opens many doors to success.”

Shaun’s attraction to the construction industry came through his enjoyment of design and technology at school, and his keenness for working outdoors. At his high school’s careers night he spoke with employers from the industry, met his current employer and went from there.

In addition to his apprenticeship, where he completed a Certificate III in Carpentry, Shaun took the initiative of enrolling in the Certificate IV in Building and Construction to obtain his building licence. Last year he won Apprentice of the Year at the 2017 Western NSW Training Awards.

Shaun is now helping to site manage the construction of a multimillion-dollar aged care facility and studying for a degree in construction management. “I’m achieving my goal to be a project manager with the knowledge I’ve gained through my apprenticeship, further studies, trade experience and from my employer.”

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