Frequently Asked Questions

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What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training is industry specific and nationally recognised training that can be undertaken while a student is still at school.

What are ISCA Schools?

ISCA is the Inner South Curriculum Alliance and comprises the ten DECD schools listed on the back page of this booklet. The courses offered here are designed to meet the training needs of the students within the Alliance. Students still have access to a range of VET courses from other clusters, TAFE and private Registered Training organisations. Please see your school’s VET Coordinator for more information.

Can VET Count toward SACE?

VET Programs are recognised within the SACE, providing credits toward the completion of Stage 1 and/or Stage 2. Please see your school’s VET Coordinator for more information.

What are the benefits of choosing VET?

  • Gaining a nationally recognised qualification whilst completing your SACE
  • Getting a head start in your chosen career
  • Providing opportunities to learn on-the-job through workplace learning
  • Gaining the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for
  • Providing pathways to apprenticeships, traineeships, further training or direct employment.

How much will it cost me?

Course costs vary. Your VET Coordinator will provide you with exact costing during the course counselling process.

How will I get there?

All students are required to arrange their own transport to VET Courses and Work Experience.

Will I need to do Work Experience as part of my VET Course?

Some VET Programs require students to complete Work Experience as part of their training in a real or simulated work environment. These placements provide valuable training and mentoring to develop your technical and employability skills.

What SACE subjects fit with my VET Program?

A SACE subject highly recommended for VET students is Stage 1 and 2 Workplace Practices. Students who gain the most from this subject are usually involved in a VET program, part time work, apprenticeships or traineeships, volunteering or community work. The course content of Workplace Practices compliments and adds value to what you are learning in your training or other work.

How will my VET Course impact on University and TAFE entry?

Some fully completed VET Courses, at Certificate III level or above, can contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). TAFE SA recognises SACE completion as meeting the entry requirements for most of its courses. It also considers a variety of other qualifications (including VET) and experiences in its entry selection processes. For more information on University or TAFE entry, please see your school’s VET/SACE Coordinator.

Will doing a VET Course affect my other subjects?

You may miss lessons for other subjects whilst attending your VET program and work experience. You will need to be well organised and work closely with your subject teachers and VET Coordinator to ensure this impact is minimised.