VET for Secondary Students


Minister’s Message

ACT schools have a strong track record in providing a quality education that meets the needs and aspirations of young people in the Canberra community. Our commitment to secondary students is that that they will have the support, training, and guidance from our education system to succeed and thrive in their chosen vocation.

This is articulated through a collaborative vision between the public, Catholic and independent school sectors, parent and student groups, business and industry.

Through the ongoing and enhanced involvement of our education and training community, we can ensure that this will be a cooperative effort.

The vision is underpinned by the Australian Education Council’s 2014 National VET Framework, Preparing Secondary Students for Work, and supports the efforts across the Territory to lift the quality, profile and access to VET for secondary students in ACT schools.

I am excited about the work ahead under this shared goal and the opportunities this will create for young people across the ACT.

Shane Rattenbury MLA
Minister for Education

Our Vision

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 school students across the ACT is acknowledged and recognised by students, parents, employers, education and training providers and government.

About VET for Secondary Students

Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables secondary school students to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training described within an industry-developed training package, while completing their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

VET pathways offer students the option to combine their school studies (curriculum) with training provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and structured workplace learning (SWL). VET provides students with the opportunity to develop real work skills that readily transfer to the workplace and meet the needs of a demanding and constantly evolving industry environment.

The achievement of a VET qualification signifies that a student has demonstrated competency against the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in the workplace of their chosen vocation and provides clear pathways to further education and employment.

Secondary students can undertake VET within one of the following categories:


  • a qualification pathway that is undertaken as a non-apprentice through an RTO.
  • may or may not include structured workplace learning (unpaid).
  • expands student choice and provides a different way of learning. Gives students job- specific skills and knowledge.

School-based apprentices and trainees

  • a qualification pathway that combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee.
  • workplace learning is mandatory and contractual arrangements exists between employer, student and RTO.
  • enables students to commence an apprenticeship while still being supported at school and encourages a broader education.

Useful Links

The National Framework: Preparing Secondary Students for Work and a series of resources is available here: external link

Further information on Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs) is available here:

Further information on VET credit toward the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate can be found on the Board of Senior Secondary Studies website here: external link.