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Regional VET Student Pathways


Regional VET

Attention Year 9, 10 and 11 students

Please read for information about Regional VET (Vocational Education and Training) Programs, Australian School based Apprenticeships/Traineeships (SBATs) & Flexible Apprenticeships (FA)



What is VET ? – Vocational Education and Training

VET (Vocational Education and Training) refers to national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry. VET qualifications provide opportunity for students to develop specific industry-related skills. Students with VET qualifications are well prepared to take on apprenticeships (including School-Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships), further education and training, and skilled employment.

What are Western Adelaide Regional VET Programs?

Regional VET Programs provide students in year 10, 11 and 12 in Western Adelaide with increased vocational pathway options through a broad range of VET course choices. Regional VET Programs are hosted by schools and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Students remain enrolled at their Home School, and attend the Host School or RTO for their chosen VET course. Further on is information about Regional VET Programs being offered for 2020 (divided into industry areas). More detailed information about each course is also available on our website (, under ‘Regional VET Programs’. Brochures will be distributed to schools at the beginning of term 3 (for year 9, 10 and 11 students). Please see your VET Leader to collect a copy of this brochure.

What are the benefits of choosing VET?

Some of the benefits are:

  • Gaining a nationally-recognized 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’ through workplace learning
  • Gaining the skills and knowledge that employers seek in their employees
  • Providing pathways into further education and training opportunities.
How will doing a VET course contribute to my SACE?

The flexibility of the SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. The ‘SACE Information’ column in the table following shows the SACE information relevant to each course (i.e. number of SACE credits and SACE stage). Please speak to your school’s VET Leader 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?

 Department for Education (public) schools in Western Adelaide region (WASSN) will subsidise the training cost for students if it is part of the students’ genuine career pathway and SACE. Please check the level of subsidy with your home school. What remains of the training cost as if there is a WASSN Gap Fee associated with that course. For many courses the WASSN Gap Fee will be zero. Home schools will invoice you for the WASSN Gap Fee (if any) and the compulsory Regional VET fee of $100.00.

In some courses they there may be specific personal items or materials the student will require (e.g.: uniform, steel capped boots or other equipment that becomes the personal property of the student). If not purchased personally by the student or family, the HOST School (where you are doing the VET course) will invoice families for these items. Please see for these details under the course name.

 Please note: Schools outside of the member and non-member school portfolio the school will have to pay an additional fee of $100.00 per student + GST based on administration fees. The home school will collect this fee from the family directly.

 TGSS – Training Guarantee for Secondary Students?

If a course in the brochure is advertised with a *TGSS this will be a fee that is paid fully or partially paid by the government to the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) although in some cases there may be an additional gap fee that needs to be paid as this course may not be fully funded. Please check the level of subsidy with your school as to how much will be the school will support.

 How will I travel to my VET course?

In most cases, students will be required to arrange their own transport to VET courses and workplace learning. Please speak to your VET Leader to find out what assistance may be available from your Home School.

Will doing a VET course affect my other subjects?

Some students may miss lessons for other subjects while at their VET course. This means that they will need to be well organised and prepared to negotiate subject learning requirements by working closely with their subject teachers and VET Leader.

What other SACE subjects could I study that is relevant to my VET course?

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 course. 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 course.

 Will I need to need to do some workplace learning as part of my VET course?

Many VET courses require students to undertake Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). This involves learning opportunities related to your VET course 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 course.

The Department for Education provides Workplace Learning Procedures for all South Australian schools. Before participating in workplace learning, your school will ensure you have undertaken a program of workplace learning preparation (minimum 5hrs of OHS, Child Protection and Equal Opportunity preparation). You will also need to complete a Workplace Learning Agreement Form from your Home School, and ensure that it is signed by all parties (work placement provider, parent/caregiver, student and Home School Principal). Please see your VET Leader for a copy of your school’s Workplace Learning Agreement Form.

How can I find out more about a Regional VET Program (Course Open Days)?

To help students make informed decisions about applying for Regional VET Programs next year, many Host Schools are offering ‘Open Days’ for interested students to visit the Host School, meet the teacher/trainer and current students, and to see the course in operation. See the table following for dates and times of Open Days for each course. To attend one of these Open Days, you must RSVP to the Host School (see contact details in the table) at least one week prior to the Open Day date advertised, using the RSVP contact provided in the table. When you RSVP, please provide your name, Home School, current year level, email address and a contact phone number. In conjunction with your parents/caregivers, you will need to arrange your own transport to these sessions, and ensure that you have completed and returned the permission form available from your Home School VET Leader.

What Regional VET Programs can I enrol in for 2020?

The table below provides a brief summary of the courses offered for 2020 (grouped in industry areas). To find out more detailed information about each program, please go to 2020 program information will be available on this website from the beginning of term 3, 2019.

Who can I speak to about a Regional VET Program?

Please contact your school’s VET Leader for more information.

How do I apply for a Regional VET Program?

Step 1: Read the information about each course in the table following (also available in the brochure distributed to your school).

Step 2: Read the detailed course information for the course/s you are interested in and encourage your parents/caregivers to read this too. This information is available for each course on our website (

Step 3: Fill out the Student Application Form and the Commitment to pay form with handing it to your VET Leader by Friday week 8, term 3 (13 September, 2019). See your VET Leader for a copy of this form, or download it from

Step 4: You will be provided with more information about the course from the Host School/Organisation, including the particular selection and enrolment procedures, which may include an interview. Selection for entry to courses will be based on the following principles:

  • Demonstrated capacity for independent learning and meeting the requirements of the program.
  • Identified relevant interest and/or experience in the program.
  • Commitment to a post-school pathway in this area.

Step 5: Applicants will be advised of the enrolment outcome early in term 4.

Step 6: Applicants may need some further subject counselling at their Home School to ensure that their VET course is included in their SACE and timetable.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Students undertaking nationally recognised VET training will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). USI accounts will contain a record of an individual’s nationally recognised training and results. To establish a USI, please go to and follow the steps to create a USI. Please have this number ready when applying for VET courses.



What is an Australian School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT)?

A School-based Apprenticeship is a great way to start your career while completing your SACE especially in Year 10 or Year 11. There could be opportunities through your school or you may be successful at a work placement or part time employment. SBATs allow senior school students to combine paid work, training and school, while working towards their SACE and a nationally-recognised qualification. Students undertaking SBATs 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 (RTO).

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 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 & have adult responsibility as a member of 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 SBAT is not completed prior to the student completing SACE, 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 generally work part-time while still attending school, then 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?

The school will have to facilitate your arrangements with schooling and trade school. The School-based Apprenticeship can be organised in a number of ways as it can be by working one or more days a week; on weekends; during school holidays or blocks of time (e.g. 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.

 School process to assist students who gain a School-based Apprenticeship?

There have been various steps created to ensure there is a smooth process for schools to assist students, families and employers who have successfully gained a School based Apprenticeship. Outline as below:

  •  Student identifies a potential opportunity for an ASbA.
  •  School confirms ASbA opportunity through contact with employer, family and student.
  • School supports student to complete an ASbA Pre-Approval form (copy for school records).
  • Upon completion the student will take the form to the employer who will need to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (AASNP).
  • AASNP will contact employer to arrange all documentation to be completed.
  • Once completed the AASNP will send these partially completed documents to
  • An email will be sent from 1285 @ address to the Pathways Manager who will forward this to the relevant school for the Principal to endorse the training plan.
  • Once endorsed, the training plan is returned to and then forwarded to RTO.
  • RTO will provide school with delivery of training schedule.
  • All details entered into EDSAS, schools on-line & Learner management system. School supports students to undertake employment, training and study.
Where can I find out more information?

For more information about School-based Apprenticeships, please go to Your Home School VET Leader will also be able to give you more information.



Having VET tasters, available in secondary school generates student interest, knowledge and understanding of career pathway options. This may lead students to signal their interest in undertaking a SBAT in junior secondary as outlined above. Others may signal this interest in Year 11 and some may identify an interest in, or transition to, a Flexible SBAT in year 12.

Flexible Apprenticeships or Flexible SBATs are an alternative approach that builds on the successful elements of School Based apprenticeships to provide greater flexibility and benefits for young people, employers and schools. Under a Flexible SBAT, a student can maintain a pathway to completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) while undertaking a near full time apprenticeship or traineeship during their final year of school.

A key difference between Flexible SBATs and the traditional approach is that students in their final year of schooling can spend most of their week in the workplace. The intention is for the student to be on a pathway to complete their first year of their Flexible SBAT by the time they complete their schooling.

At school, student’s primary focus is on completing compulsory SACE requirements acknowledging that completion of the SACE is an important platform for transition to full-time employment. Where possible, students will be supported to complete these requirements by the end of year 11 (Stage 1 SACE). If any compulsory requirements are still outstanding in their final year (Stage 2) these can be done outside of work hours or in negotiated blocks throughout the year with the school.

Under a Flexible SBAT, as with any Contract of Training, the level of pay an apprentice or trainee is entitled to and the requirements around when they can progress to the next year of their apprenticeship or traineeship are determined by the relevant award. For more information about the progression and pay requirements of specific awards visit: Fair Work Ombudsman Apprentice Entitlements.

If a student or family is interested in seeking further information or would like to discuss this option please see your VET Leader in your school as an “Expression of Interest” form needs to be filled in, along with a copy of your most recent resume, and then a follow up meeting with either be conducted via the Pathways Manager or Apprenticeship Officer.