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VET at Le Fevre High School


Vocational Education & Training (VET) at Le Fevre High School

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 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 recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE include recognition of:

  • completed qualifications
  • partly completed qualifications (for which a student has completed one or more units of competency).

The SACE Board recognises VET that:

  • is listed on the gov.auwebsite
  • is delivered and assessed by, or under the auspices of, registered training organisations (RTOs), which are registered to deliver and/or assess the VET qualification
  • is delivered and assessed in accordance with the VET Quality Framework
  • can be certified on a transcript, statement of attainment, or qualification issued by an RTO.

The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET. Please speak to your school’s VET Leader for more information about VET in the SACE or visit the SACE Board website:

Will doing a VET program affect my other subjects?

Some students may miss lessons for other subjects while at their VET program. 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 Coordinator.

Will I have to pay to participate in a regional VET program?

DfE (public) schools in our region (Western Adelaide) support VET students by paying for the course costs of VET programs if the course is part of the students’ genuine career pathway and SACE; therefore there are no course 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 VET Leader about this).


VET at Le Fevre High School

Engineering Pathways Program – Certificate 2 Engineering Pathways

South Australia is the national centre of naval shipbuilding and submarine sustainment, and the confirmed location for Australia’s next generation Future Submarines and Future Frigates. This course aims to provide students with skills and competencies required in Engineering Trades that will be in high demand. Students will learn skills that are applicable to a range of engineering trades, as well as required theory. Oxy/Acetylene and MMA welding techniques are used. Projects, design work and testing are integral components of the course. Students will be supported by local industry partnerships for visits and workplace learning.

This course may lead to an Engineering Trades, Fabrication, Mechanical Fitter, Automotive, Diesel, Ship Building, Plumbing or Electrical Apprenticeship. It may also lead to Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Engineering or Bachelor Degree in Engineering. The maritime content will highlight the history of both the school and the region in providing a highly skilled workforce for the maritime and allied industries.

Students can then progress to studying a Certificate 3 Engineering as a part school based apprenticeship, gaining recognition towards their SACE. For more information on school based apprenticeships please see (LINK).

Hospitality Pathways Program – Certificate 2 Kitchen Operations

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills to prepare food and menu items. They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. This qualification does not provide the skills required by commercial cooks, which are covered in SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops; and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and schools.

Possible job titles include:

  •          breakfast cook
  •          catering assistant
  •          fast food cook
  •          sandwich hand
  •          takeaway cook

Students can then progress to studying a Certificate 3 Kitchen Operations as a part of their year 12 studies and/or move into a school based apprenticeship. For more information on school based apprenticeships please see (LINK TO CAREER TOOLS WEBSITE PAGE).

Maritime Pathways Program – Certificate 2 Maritime Industries 

This is an entry level course that will provide students with maritime skills and knowledge to enable them to be immediately employable as Deck Hands as well as giving them significant credit in a Coxswain course. This will be able to be completed once students have gained sufficient documented time at sea.

This qualification will assist students to fast track their maritime career in either marine engineering or as a deck officer. The units of competency completed during this course will gain credit toward a Coxswain qualification. This can be completed when students reach the age of 18 and have spent sufficient time at sea.

Regional VET Offerings


The Department for Education (DfE) secondary schools in Western Adelaide work collaboratively to provide students with access to vocational learning across a wide range of industry areas, as part of the Western Adelaide Secondary Schools Network (WASSN). 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. For more information, please visit:

How can I find out more about a regional VET program?

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 Regional VET website 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 Coordinator.

What regional VET programs can I enrol in for 2022? – . For more detailed information about each program, please go to www. 2022 program information will be available on this website from the beginning of term 3, 2022.

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 hand it to your VET Coordinator by Friday week 8, term 3. See your VET Coordinator 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 counsel – ling at their Home School to ensure that their VET course is included in their SACE and timetable.

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

Most VET courses require students to undertake Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) to complete their qualification. 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. Check with your VET trainer to confirm how many SWL days and/or hours you need to complete.

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 (suggested minimum time of five hours). 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 Coordinator for a copy of your school’s Workplace Learning Agreement Form.

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.

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.

Who can I speak to about a Regional VET Program?

Please contact for more information


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 parttime 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 and 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 ASBA 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 Apprenticeships 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?

As facilitated by the school’s Apprenticeship Officer, 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.