VET is a great option for further education, as it provides nationally recognised, industry-developed training. This Complete Guide to VET can help students looking to enter the workforce for the first time, or those who are looking to upskill or change careers completely.
What Does VET Stand For?
VET stands for Vocational Education and Training.
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What is VET?
Vocational Training is an education system that focuses on preparing students for the workforce. VET achieves this through equipping students with the practical skills and knowledge that are essential to entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, upgrading skills or moving into further education.
VET works with the government, TAFE and RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) to help build students’ professional toolkit and competencies to advance their career. VET offers more cost-effective and time-efficient routes for students so that they can enter the workforce without the lengthy, costly processes that many other forms of education, like university, are infamous for.
What is VET Fee Help and VET Student Loans?
VET FEE-HELP was the Government loan scheme that supports eligible students in paying their education fees for VET courses that are a diploma-level qualification or higher. This loan scheme now is known as VET Student Loans. VET Student Loan courses are only accessible to students who have chosen to study with approved providers that offer this scheme. To find out if your provider offers VET Student Loans, submit an enquiry on a course you are interested in studying and you will be put in touch with the provider to provide you with this information.
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List of VET Courses
Certificate I, II, III and IV These courses are designed to provide training and knowledge around a specific industry area, such as automotive, community services, or digital media. The degree of training ranges from entry-level knowledge at a Certificate II, to more advanced skills and even supervisory and management study areas within a Certificate IV. The duration of a certificate course ranges from six months to two years.
This qualification level develops students’ specialised skill set, to be applied in a variety of industry-specific workplace contexts. It can also be used as a pathway to further education. The duration of a diploma course is generally one to two years of full-time study.
This course type teaches an advanced level of applied skills in areas such as building and construction, IT and engineering. The duration of an advanced diploma is approximately eighteen months to two years of full-time study.
This qualification type is comparable to a higher education graduate certificate and diploma – this has been designed to ensure students adopt an advanced skill set that covers a range of knowledge areas that will complement future roles in the workplace.
VET Course Subjects
VET qualifications are offered across a broad range of subjects. Some of the most popular courses include:
Where Are VET Courses Offered?
VET courses are offered through both public and private RTOs, generally via TAFE and private training providers. Some VET courses are delivered through Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships, which enable students to gain structured on-the-job training as a major part of their study. Along with these institutions, VET training and is also accessible through participating schools, as well as external community educational centres. VET courses are offered all across Australia, and qualifications recognised across the nation, everywhere from Melbourne, Hobart and Cannes to regional NSW.
VET Entry Requirements
To be eligible to enter the VET system for further study, students are usually required to have completed a degree of study that is equivalent to Year 10, 11 or 12. Sometimes, students may need to pass basic literacy and numeracy requirements. Also, depending on the industry area, some creative courses that include design or art may also need a submission of a portfolio to be considered. Other requirements may need to be fulfilled, depending on the course provider and the nature of study. To find out this information, it is best to contact your course provider via an enquiry form.
Higher Education Pathways
If you are looking to pursue higher education but do not meet the entry requirements, VET training can help. VET courses that are at the certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma level once completed, can offer students with a pathway to meet the higher education sector’s entry requirements. Also, depending on the course type, some VET courses may offer credit towards a higher education course. This means that you may not need to complete the full duration of a course, as you’ve already covered some elements in your previous studies. Of course, this is all subjective to the institution and qualification, so it is important to check the finer details regarding pathways and credit procedures with the institution of your choice.
VET Courses Online and Other Study Methods
One of the key factors that makes Vocational Training so accessible, is the wide range of study methods offered by VET. With plenty of courses available online, as well as in class and a mixture of both, there is a course option to suit the needs of every student and their schedule.
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