VET & Industry Pathways 

Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, is a cluster of DECD secondary schools in Western Adelaide who work collaboratively to provide students with access to vocational learning in a range of industry areas.
Students are able to achieve their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) while learning skills and working toward industry-accredited qualifications through Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs, School-Based Apprenticeships and the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS).
Apprenticeship Brokers work with students from each school and link students to training, traineeships and apprenticeships, including School-Based Apprenticeships and employment opportunities. Schools in the region also host a wide range of regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs to provide students with increased pathway options.  Students, with the help of their VET Coordinators, PLP Teachers and Counsellors, can also apply for the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS).


What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?
VET refers to national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry. VET also includes developing specific industry-related skills through:
• off-the-job learning – at school or with another training provider and
• on-the-job learning – at one or more workplaces.

Students with VET qualifications are well prepared to take on apprenticeships (including School-Based Apprenticeships), further training and skilled jobs.

What are Western Adelaide Regional VET Programs?
The aim of our Regional VET programs is to provide year 10, 11 and 12 students in Western Adelaide schools with increased pathway options through the provision of a wide range of VET choices. Regional VET programs are hosted by schools and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and are available for students from Western Adelaide schools to enrol in. Students stay enrolled at their Home School, and attend the Host School or Registered Training Organisation for their VET program.

Further on is information about Regional VET Programs being offered for 2014 (divided into industry areas). More detailed information about each program is also available on our website (, under ‘Regional VET Programs’. Brochures with more information will also be distributed to schools at the beginning of term 3 (for year 9, 10 and 11 students). Please see your VET Coordinator to get a copy of this brochure.

What are the benefits of choosing VET?
Some of the benefits are:
• gaining a nationally-recognised qualification while completing your SACE
• getting a 'head start' in your chosen career
• making your senior school studies more relevant and interesting
• providing opportunities to learn 'on-the-job' while undertaking workplace learning
• gaining skills and knowledge that employers seek in their employees
• providing pathways into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education or training, and direct employment.

How will doing a VET Program contribute to my SACE?
The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE enable students to include significant amounts of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 180 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET. Within these 180 VET-based credits students must also fulfil the literacy and numeracy requirements of the SACE. The remaining 20 SACE credits are derived from the Personal Learning Plan (10 credits) and the Research Project (10 credits). Students can use a vocational context in completing these subjects (ie can be related to your VET program).

Each course offered as part of our Regional VET Programs provides SACE information relevant to that particular program (ie number of SACE credits and SACE stage). Please refer to the detailed information about each program on our website ( Please also speak to your Home School VET Coordinator for more information about VET in the SACE or visit the SACE Board website:

Will I have to pay to participate in a Regional VET Program?
DECD (public) schools in our region (Western Adelaide) support VET students by paying for the delivery costs of VET programs; therefore there are no delivery costs for students. However, some programs may have specific equipment or materials that you are required to purchase, eg steel-capped boots or equipment that becomes your personal property. Please see the detailed program information on our website ( for more detail about these costs. Also, your Home School has a Regional VET Fee of $100 (please check with your Home School VET Coordinator about this).

How will I travel to my VET program?
In most cases, students will be required to arrange their own transport to VET programs and workplace learning. Please speak to your Home School VET Coordinator to find out what assistance is available from your Home School.

Will doing a VET program affect my other subjects?
Your VET course is counted as a school subject and should be treated as such; however some students may miss lessons for other subjects while at their VET program. This will depend upon your timetable, the VET program you are enrolled in, and the number of other subjects you are studying at your Home School. You will need to be well organised and prepared to catch up with any work missed by working closely with your subject teachers and Home School VET Coordinator.

What other SACE subjects could I study that are relevant to my VET program?
One SACE Stage 1 and 2 subject that is highly recommended for VET students is Workplace Practices, as this can be related to your VET program. In this subject, students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers’ rights and responsibilities and career planning. Students can undertake VET and workplace learning as part of this subject. See your school’s Curriculum Handbook for other subjects that your school offers that may relate to your chosen VET program.

Will I need to need to do some workplace learning as part of my VET program?
Many VET programs require students to undertake Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). This involves learning opportunities related to your VET program in a real or simulated workplace. These placements provide on-the-job training and mentoring to develop your technical and employability skills. SWL also provides opportunity for on-the-job assessment as part of your VET program.

The Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) provides guidelines for all South Australian students. Before participating in workplace learning, your school will ensure you have participated in an orientation program which includes:
• Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the workplace
• insurance arrangements and implications
• equal opportunity and harassment in the workplace
• child protection
• specific requirements of the workplace provider.

Before participating in workplace learning, you will also need to complete a Workplace Learning Agreement Form from your Home School, and ensure that it is signed by all parties (student, parent/caregiver, work placement provider and Principal). Please see your Home School VET Coordinator for a copy of your school’s Workplace Learning Agreement Form.
For further information visit the website:
OVC VET (Sub link)
Ocean View College is a host school for two VET courses, namely, Virtual Enterprise (Business services) and Doorways to Construction (Civil Construction).
Virtual Enterprise – Certificate II in Business (one year)
This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical aspects of office administration. Through the Virtual Enterprise, students will complete the practical aspects of the course in a simulated office environment. The course leads on to Certificate III in Business or employment in this industry.
Construction (Civil) – Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations (one year)
This program covers civil construction operations, including site safety, site organisation and communication skills. Students complete the industry ‘White Card’, allowing access to building sites. Students have the opportunity to develop hands-on practical skills such as taking levels, use of small plant and equipment, site works including paving, concreting, and general construction techniques using a range of materials.
What is an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)?
A School-Based Apprenticeship is a great way to start your career while completing your SACE. ASBAs allow senior school students to combine paid work, training and school, while working towards their SACE and a nationally-recognised qualification. Students undertaking ASBAs commence a Contract of Training through a part-time Apprenticeship or Traineeship. They learn skills (competencies) on-the-job and through training with a Registered Training Organisation.

What are the benefits of undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
• Getting a head start in your chosen job without competing with the rest of the school leavers in the State
• Earning credits as part of your training which accrue towards your SACE
• Starting to complete time off of your contract of training term
• Starting your career and earning money while you are still at school
• Working towards or gaining a nationally-recognised qualification
• Gaining hands-on experience in a career-orientated job
• Having adult responsibility as a member of the workforce

Does an Australian School-Based Apprentice get paid?
Yes! The relevant industry Award covers most School-Based Apprenticeships. Students are paid for the time spent in the workplace.

How long does an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship take to complete?
If the ASBA is not completed prior to the student completing year 12, students will continue on as a permanent employee until it is completed. Apprenticeships are now competency-based, which means that if all the training is successfully completed and the employer believes the Apprentice or Trainee is competent in all areas, the Contract of Training can be ‘signed off’. Students commencing a Certificate III or IV (two years plus) generally work part-time while still attending school and continue full-time to complete the Apprenticeship when their schooling is finished (SACE is achieved).

How much time does a School-Based Apprentice spend away from school?

As facilitated by the school’s Apprenticeship Broker, the School-Based Apprenticeship can be organised in a number of ways. It can be by working one or more days a week; on weekends; during school holidays or blocks of time (eg a number of weeks in a row). This is negotiated between the employer, the school and the student. At least eight hours per week on-the-job is required.

What are Apprenticeship Brokers?
Apprenticeship Brokers are employed by the Department of Education for Child Development (DECD) as part of the Trade Schools for the Future strategy. Their role is to facilitate School-Based Apprenticeships between students, parents/caregivers, employers, schools and Registered Training Organisations. This involves negotiation of work day(s) or hours at work and a review of students’ individual learning plans for SACE completion. Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, have two Apprenticeship Brokers (Vicki Bryant and Chris Houltby) who work closely with students, school staff and parents/caregivers to connect students with employers to establish School-Based Apprenticeships.

How can I meet with an Apprenticeship Broker?
Year 10, 11 or 12 students from public schools in the Western Adelaide Trade Schools for the Future cluster (and their parents/caregivers) can arrange a meeting with an Apprenticeship Broker. There are programmed dates and times that interviews at each school are available. Students can contact their school’s VET Coordinator to arrange a meeting. Vicki can also be contacted on 0458 564 603 and Chris on 0488 584 029.

Where can I find out more information?
For more information about Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, please go Our VET Coordinator will also be able to give you more information about School-Based Apprenticeships.

The Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) scheme can help put students on a rewarding vocational career and jobs pathway. The scheme enables SACE students to undertake VET training at an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in qualifications that are prescribed by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST), and guarantee them a training place after completing SACE to finish the qualification they have started. Training at Certificate II level is fee-free. There are some fees for Certificate III and higher qualifications. You will have to pay for personal items such as tools, clothing and materials for your training. 
To be eligible for the Training Guarantee, students must:
• be 16 years of age or older and be enrolled in SACE
• already doing (or have completed) VET or work placement that is related to your pathway
• participate in relevant work placement – at least 140 hours
• intend to complete the Certificate III (or higher) in the year after finishing SACE 
• be clearly intending to pursue a vocational career related to the qualification.

For more information, see our VET Coordinator or go to the Skills for All website: