Vocational education and training (VET) provides a recognised learning opportunity for ACT secondary school students to access relevant, high quality, nationally recognised qualifications that strengthen their pathways to further education and employment.
The quality and value of VET for secondary students across the ACT is acknowledged and recognised by students, parents, employers, education and training providers and government.
What is VET?
VET is competency-based, applied learning that provides students with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate achievement against competency standards that sit within nationally recognised qualifications endorsed by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Competency-based learning means students can gain their qualification when the required skill level is achieved, rather than having to study for a certain number of years before being recognised for completing a unit of competency, skill set or qualification.
A key success of VET for secondary students is the integration of vocational options within traditional academic studies at the senior secondary school level. This is achieved through association with the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS). VET in for secondary students allows Year 10, 11 and 12 students to:
- develop industry specific skills;
- gain nationally recognised VET qualifications and units of competency while still completing their senior secondary school qualification; and
- develop employability skills and an understanding of the world of work.
What is an RTO?
A registered training organisation (RTO) is an organisation accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) which is the national regulator for Australia's VET sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. All RTOs must comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
Each of the ACT Education Directorate’s four school networks has an RTO: North/Gungahlin, Belconnen, South/Weston and Tuggeranong. The RTOs are:
- North Training in the North/Gungahlin network encompassing Dickson College, Gungahlin College and cluster high schools
- Belworks in the Belconnen network encompassing University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, Hawker College, Melba Copland Senior Secondary School and cluster high schools
- South Weston in the South/Weston network encompassing Canberra College, Narrabundah College and cluster high schools
- Active Tuggeranong in the Tuggeranong network encompassing Lake Tuggeranong College, Erindale College and cluster high schools.
Each of the network RTOs are scoped to deliver different VET courses and qualifications at the Certificate I, Certificate II and Certificate III AQF level. A full list of qualifications delivered by each RTO can be found on the network RTO website or at http://www.training.gov.au.
The Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
Students may undertake a Certificate II or III or complete an ASBA at an external RTO and have points awarded to their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate. VET qualifications completed at college may also be used as credit for future studies in the VET or tertiary sector.
Structured Workplace Learning
Structured workplace learning (SWL) is the workplace component of a nationally recognised industry specific VET for secondary students course. It provides supervised learning activities contributing to an assessment of competence and achievement of outcomes and requirements of a particular Training Package.
- SWL Student Guide (56 kb)
SWL Student Guide (173 kb)
- SWL Host Employer Guide (109 kb)
SWL Host Employer Guide (176 kb)
Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)
An Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) enables students, over the age of 15, to attain a nationally recognised VET qualification as well as their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate while gaining valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.
For further information about traineeships or ASBAs please visit: