VETVocational training prepares students for future employment

Why choose VET?

  • VET offers many pathways towards career and vocation aspirations. It may provide an alternative entry into university
  • VET allows development of workplace-specific skills and knowledge designed to meet current and future employment demands
  • VET is nationally recognised which means it can be taken anywhere in Australia
  • A VET qualification can be combined with schooling (via a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship), giving students a head start on becoming a qualified tradesperson. This option enables students to ‘earn while you learn’
  • VET contributes significantly towards WACE

VET choices at SIDE

  • Certificate II in Applied Language (French or Japanese) - Cannot be used for Certificate II WACE requirements. If completed can be used for unit equivalence
  • Certificate II in Business
  • Certificate II in Creative Industries
  • Certificate II in Financial Services
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

Note: Other qualifications may be available at minimal cost through TAFE or via a fee-for-service option with a private provider. Examples include Certificate III in Education Support (TAFE) or Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (fee-for-service).

Contact the VET Coordinator for more information.

Did you know?

VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.

The median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000. The median graduate salary for students completing a Bachelor’s degree is $54,000. VET graduates also have the capacity to earn higher salaries than many Bachelor degree graduates: the highest average starting salary for a VET qualification (Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical at $85,400) is higher than the highest starting salary with a Bachelor-level degree (Dentistry at $80,000). (Ref: Skilling Australia Foundation, May 2017, Perceptions are not reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia)