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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).
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.