Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are nationally accredited qualifications. Flexible Industry Pathways (FIPs) for school students have been developed and introduced in conjunction with the VET sector and industry for students in senior secondary school.

Flexible Industry Pathways include VET qualifications at a Certificate I to III level that industry has identified as suitable for school students, as well as enterprise and employability skills training and any specific industry requirements linked to the pathway. Flexible Industry Pathways include the compulsory SACE requirements and any other SACE subject relevant to the industry sector. This allows a student’s VET studies to count towards a student’s completion of their secondary schooling which is important for many families and employers.

Completing a VET qualification provides increased opportunity for students to connect with industry and school, ensures the focus and content of training is relevant, and that skills are developed to industry standards. VET completion can count towards the completion of SACE and, in certain cases, the calculation of an ATAR. VET courses also articulate into other trade and para-professional qualifications at a higher level after school.

Students can gain access to a wide range of VET options off-campus delivered by Training organisations such as TAFE SA and other private providers. Students will need to travel to the delivery sites to access this training.

A Flexible Industry Pathway includes multiple options depending on a student’s entry level, overall program of study and the industry requirements. Generally, students can commence a Certificate I or II qualification in Year 11 or a Certificate III qualification in either Year 11 or 12. The VET component of a qualification can be undertaken at year 10 level through an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer in the workplace.

Identified Flexible Industry Pathways

The Department for Education has identified 26 Flexible Industry Pathways in which they offer subsidies to students to complete qualifications in areas considered to be strategically important to the economy in terms of job growth and skills shortages.

The FIPs available for delivery to students in 2023 include: