General Information about VET
The following information explains how 'VET in Schools' is structured:
What is VET?
Vocational Education and
Training refers to enhanced senior school studies, which enable a secondary
student to combine their VCE or VCAL studies with vocational training. A VET
program is usually made up of a number of units delivered by St. Monica's
College or a 'Registered Training Organization' (e.g. TAFE) organised by the
What is Structured Workplace Learning?
Structured Workplace Learning
(SWL) is a compulsory curriculum component of any VET course undertaken at
St. Monica's College. The number of days that must be undertaken for each
VET course varies between 5 and 20 days over the two year period of the
course. It is highly recommended that the SWL is completed within the first
year of the course. Students must complete SWPL within school terms. SWL can
be achieved in numerous ways and this should always be discussed with the
Career Pathways Coordinator. SWL is organised through the Career Pathways
Coordinator at the Careers Centre.
Features of VET:
- VET is a two-year program combining general VCE or VCAL studies with an
accredited vocational education and training course;
- It enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational
qualification (e.g. Certificate II in Hospitality) and the Victorian
Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
(VCAL) at the same time;
- It allows a student to go directly to employment or receive credit
towards further study;
- It focuses on students developing industry specific and workplace
- VET courses are vocationally oriented school programs designed to meet
the needs of industry.
Contribution to the VCE and VCAL
VET is fully incorporated into
the VCE and the VCAL. Key features include:
- VET programs have a Unit 1 – 4 structure like the VCE (except
- Students can study any number of Vet subjects at St Monica's College;
- VET programs can contribute directly to the ATAR score OR as a 5th or
6th subject, however, students MUST seek guidance regarding the contribution
of VET with the ATAR if they choose to study more than one VET;
- VET programs contribute to the Industry Specific Skills strand of VCAL.