Vocational Education and Training

What is VET?

VET is a learning pathway available for young people in senior secondary. It provides students with the opportunity to engage in education and training that leads to obtaining nationally recognised qualifications ranging from Certificate I through to Diploma. VET covers a large number of careers and industries including trades, health, business, retail, hospitality, tourism and technology. It allows students to develop industry-recognised knowledge and skills and then choose from a broad range of post-school options such as employment and/or further education and training.

It is important to note that work placement is a mandatory component of some VET qualifications. This enables students to apply their classroom learning and further develop their skills in a workplace context. Certificate III and above qualifications contribute towards the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

How does VET prepare students?

VET prepares you for the future with:

  • Industry specific technical skills that lead directly to employment or further study
  • Experience in the workplace
  • Transferable employability skills:
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organizing
  • self-management
  • learning and technology skills

School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

SbATs are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 students in Queensland. They allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while still at school. SbATs combine paid work, training and school, while gaining an industry recognised national qualification. Students may gain credit towards the QCE, and some apprenticeships and traineeships can contribute towards an ATAR. Further information is available here.

Do VET Qualifications count towards the QCE?

Yes. All VET qualifications have to be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), which can be a school, TAFE or private provider.

VET qualifications delivered to secondary students have dual accreditation – they are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) toward the QCE. One VET qualification (Certificate III level or higher) can be counted toward your ATAR.

State-of-the-art VET Facilities and Expert Teachers

Numerous schools in the Townsville Diocese have state-of-the-art facilities that replicate what is found in industry. Some of our schools are also Government-funded Trade Training Centres. VET students working in these authentic environments are provided with industry-realistic and work-ready skills that position them to be highly sought after by employers.   In addition to being registered school teachers, our VET teachers hold industry qualifications and current industry experience in the vocational training area that they teach. 

Who do I contact?

To find out more please speak with your VET Coordinator or Careers Counsellor at your school.

Some of Townsville Catholic Education's Successful VET Students: