Secondary school students can undertake vocational education and training (VET) while still in school to help put them on their career pathway. As a student in years 9 to 12, you can acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training or an accredited course.

Skills for work

Vocational education and training (VET) can set you up for work by completing:

  • A nationally recognised VET qualification
  • Credit towards a nationally recognised qualification

Undertaking a VET course while still at school will enable you to gain industry specific skills. You will develop the skills and knowledge required to competently perform the tasks that you have trained for in the workplace.

Training you can do

Your school will have a select range of quality VET courses and vocational learning that are:

  • Industry-developed training packages or accredited courses
  • Regulated by the VET sector
  • Delivered by a Registered Training Organisation
  • Reflective of specific industry competency standards

You can check what VET training is at your school by talking to your teachers or careers counsellor.

More information

  • Call the Student Enquiry Hotline on 1800 020 108. Call charges apply to ‘18’ numbers from mobile phones.
  • The Your Career website provides information to further education, training or work options to support your career needs or goals.

More information on VET in Schools can be found at your relevant state or territory website: 

Resources for teachers and schools

The My Skills website is the national directory of VET organisations and courses. 

My Skills has resources that teachers and schools can use to help prepare students to enter the workforce. 

Learn about Preparing Secondary Students for Work

Resources for teachers and schools

My Skills has resources that teachers and schools can use to help prepare students to enter the workforce.