VET & VCAL

Vocational Education Training (VET)

Vocational Education Training (VET) focuses on providing students with the opportunity to acquire specific workplace training in a theoretical and hands on based approach to learning. VET subjects are nationally accredited and are therefore recognised across Australia.

In order to ‘pass’ or receive ‘competency’ in a VET subject, students must complete a series of units or modules to the required standard. A student may complete a VET subject whilst completing their VCE and / or VCAL. If ‘competency’ is achieved, VCE VET can contribute towards a ‘satisfactory’ completion of VCE studies and, in some cases, contribute to the ATAR.

A selection of VET subjects on offer include:
Agriculture
Allied Health
Animal Studies
Automotive*
Aviation
Beauty Therapy
Bricklaying
Building & Construction*
Business
Children’s Services
Community Services
Creative Industries (Media)
Electrical*
Engineering*
Equine
Event Management
Furnishing (Cabinet Making)
Hairdressing*
Horticulture
Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)*
Plumbing
Sport & Recreation

* Offered here at the College or in partnership with Nathalia Secondary College and St Augustine’s Kyabram.

pdf Click here to download the Nathalia & Kyabram VET Handbook  (1.81 MB)

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is an alternative pathway at Years 11 and 12. Its focus is on hands-on, experiential and applied learning.

Students who do the VCAL are likely to go on to complete further training at a TAFE institute, an apprenticeship or traineeship or seek employment.

The VCAL gives students:

  • practical work-related experience
  • employability skills
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • personal skills that are important to life and work.

VCAL has three levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior. Students start at a level that matches their needs and abilities.

Intermediate and Senior VCAL may also contribute to a VCE program.

Australian School-Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (ASBA)

A School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship is when you combine paid work, school and training to receive a qualification that is recognised Australia wide. Apprentices and trainees generally learn industry skills by combining on-the-job paid work with training at a TAFE institute or other provider.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships can count towards completion of student’s VCE or VCAL.