Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training in schools engages students in work-related learning built on strategic partnerships between schools, business, industry and the wider community. VET can be undertaken as part of the WACE and its completion by the student provides credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework, providing a broad range of post-school options and pathways.

Nationally recognised VET qualifications may be attained at Prendiville Catholic College through:

  • VET stand-alone certificates timetabled and delivered at Prendiville.  Year 11 certificate courses can be undertaken in the areas of Design, Music, Hospitality, Business and Sport & Recreation.
  • ONSITE - VET is taken in conjunction with Workplace Learning. Currently on offer at Prendiville are Construction (General, Electrical and Plumbing), Hairdressing, Automotive, Auto Electrical, Carpentry and Furniture.  These are typically pre-apprenticeship courses.
  • VET Delivered to Secondary School Students (VETDSS) programmes offered by TAFES or Training Providers.  For example Beauty Therapy, Population Health, Childcare, Hospitality and Sport & Recreation.  Applications are made direct to the training provider (likely to occur by the end of September).  Further application information will be disseminated when available.

2021 Certificate offerings are outlined in the course information relevant to the Year group.

Post School VET
Training providers or RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) formerly known as TAFE’s provide training opportunities for students wishing to pursue a vocational career pathway. This is usually through the delivery of nationally recognised industry based qualifications through certificate courses (I, II, III, IV) and diplomas. This is also the recognised pathway for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Entrance Requirements:

Most RTO’s require applicants to meet minimum benchmark requirements for communication and math skills or a lower level qualification ie. you may need to complete a Certificate II in a particular industry area before you enrol in the Certificate III of that area.

For some courses, for example arts and multimedia, you may need to submit a folio. There are also courses not recommended for people just leaving school either because of few job opportunities for young people or because you need specific skills gained through lower level courses.

Some highly competitive or specialist courses may require you to address selection criteria, you will need to provide documentary evidence of your previous education, volunteer/workplace experience and other relevant information. In these instances, people with the highest score against the selection criteria are offered the available places.

More Information:  For further information on Vocational Education and Training pathways you should contact individual RTO’s such as North Metro TAFE and South Metro TAFE. The Training WA website provides information on all available courses and RTO’s in Western Australia.www.trainingwa.gov.au including links to the Australian Apprentice Centre.


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