Vocational and Educational Training (VET)
VET courses allow significant learning in areas not covered by the Learning Area Courses. These courses provide more flexibility for students who have a specific vocation in mind, who would like to make a start on gaining nationally recognised qualifications during their Senior Secondary years, or if the career pathway they have chosen involves vocational training with TAFE or another Registered Training Organisation.
Pre-Apprenticeship in School Programs (PAiS)
The Pre-Apprenticeship program through the Great Southern Institute of Technology (GSIT) combines unpaid on-the-job training with off-the-job training at Certificate I or II Level. Students spend one day a week at GSIT, one day in the workplace and three days at school.
School Based Traineeship (SBT) and Apprenticeship (SBA)
School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training at Certificate II level for students while they still attend school for four days a week in Year 11 and three days in Year 12. They are only for capable students who are focussed on one industry and who can manage to juggle the conflicting demands of school and work.
Choosing Vocational Education and Training Courses
For students who do not require an ATAR and need a program with a more vocational emphasis, it is particularly important for them to choose subjects that relate to the industry pathways that they are considering as possibilities for when they leave school. Most students need only to select courses that provide a general introduction to a vocational strand; this usually means choosing mostly School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Developed Courses at a level suited to their capabilities, in areas in which they have some ability and interest. For example, a student interested in a career in Sport and Recreation may choose one subject offered in the Physical Education area and the Certificate I in Sport and Recreation.