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What is VET in Schools?

VET in Schools enables you to get real hands-on experience within a chosen industry, obtain a national qualification and increase your career prospects by combining your senior school studies with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.

VET in Schools encompasses a range of exciting programs which may be undertaken alongside, or as part of, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Education – Vocational Major (VCE-VM), or a School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

What are the benefits?
VET in Schools is a unique opportunity for you to experience a career you may be considering, adds to the eligibility requirements for VCE/VCE-VM, and may contribute to your ATAR score.

As a result of the VET in Schools program, students find they are more ‘job-ready’, have achieved a recognised pathway to further education and training, and receive a nationally accredited qualification in a specific vocational area.

Most VET studies also provide pathways to, and credit towards higher level courses. Several provide credit into apprenticeships by reducing the amount of off-the-job training required and in some instances reduces the duration of an apprenticeship.

How does it work?
Most VET in Schools programs are run over two years (some over one year), which you undertake during Years 11 and/or 12 (dependent on what year you start).

Programs are generally conducted every Monday or Wednesday afternoon/early evening during term from February to November. Some also require attendance during school holiday periods, particularly for the Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) component.

Do VET studies contribute to VCE and VCE-VM?
Most VET programs will contribute to both the VCE and VCE-VM. If the VET course is considered a VCE VET programs it will contribute towards the VCE and VCE VM in the same way as a VCE study. Most VCE VET programs can provide credit at Units 1 to 4. 

If you choose to do a VET qualification that is not from a VCE VET program, you may be eligible for credit towards your VCE or VCE-VM as block credit.

We recommend you speak with your VET Leader and careers about the combination of subject selections including any VET in Schools program and the credits it provides toward VCE or VCE-VM.

Clonard College 2023 VET Offerings

We are excited to announce the following VET courses on offer for the 2023 school year at Clonard College.  Watch this space for more information:

Certificate III Sport and Recreation (Scored)
Certificate III Music Industry (performance (Scored)
Certificate II Small Business (Non-scored)

The Gordon Course Guide is now available.

Currently the application dates are as follows: 

The Gordon applications – online Tuesday 16 August from 8.30am in conjunction with Ms Smith.

External providers and Clonard College – Application forms will be handed out on TBC.

VET Offerings 2023 External Providers other than The Gordon

Course:Providers Offering it:
Cert 2 AgricultureCovenant College Trade Skills Centre (Bell Post Hill)
Cert 2 Animal CareCovenant College Trade Skills Centre (Bell Post Hill)
Cert 2 Automotive Vocational Preparation GITTC (Corio)
Cert 3 Beauty Services (Partial completion)North Geelong Secondary College (NGSC)
Cert 2 Building and ConstructionGITTC (Corio)
Cert 2 DanceGeelong High School
Cert 3 Equine StudiesBellarine Secondary College (Drysdale Campus)
Cert 2 Engineering Studies (Automotive Engineering Program)GITTC (Corio)
Cert 2 Engineering Studies (General Engineering) GITTC (Corio)
Cert 2 HorticultureCovenant College Trade Skills Centre (Bell Post Hill)
Cert 2 Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)GITTC (Corio)
Cert 3 Information TechnologyBelmont High School
Cert 3 Music Industry (Performance)Clonard College, Bellarine Secondary College (Drysdale Campus) and Belmont High School
Cert 2 Outdoor Recreation (one year course)Belmont High School
Cert 2 Retail CosmeticsGITTC (Corio)
Cert 2 Salon Assistant (one year course)GITTC (Corio)
Cert 3 Screen and MediaLara Secondary College
Cert 3 Visual Arts (Photography, Video and Content Creation)Oxygen College (Geelong West)

Application and Enrolment Procedure

The Gordon applications – online Tuesday 16 August from 8.30am in conjunction with Ms Smith.

All other applications are done via the application form.

Please note a USI number needs to be generated in preparation for all applications.

* Some programs will require mandatory attendance of you and your parents at an information evening.
* Other programs apply eligibility and selection criteria such as interview, aptitude tests etc.
* A letter will be sent advising of a successful application and outlining the orientation / enrolment session details and any additional costs
* Late applications may be accepted for some programs, however will only be considered if vacancies exist or become available at a later date.

For more information contact Ms Smith

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Real life training and experience is a beneficial part of VET in Schools and each program has either mandatory or recommended SWL, which varies between 10 – 20 days over the duration of the program.

SWL is most commonly arranged during term holidays for VCE students, and your secondary college will work in conjunction with workplace agencies to coordinate the SWL on your behalf. VCE-VM students will normally complete SWL as part of their course structure during the school week.

Students are only eligible to undertake SWL after they have successfully completed all mandatory occupational health and safety requirements of their VET in Schools program.

School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SBATs)

School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships (SBATs) are a great way for school students to complete a Nationally recognised certificate and also gain valuable workplace experience for a future career path.  Training is traditionally one day per week (Wednesdays) but could also be block release or a different day for School Based Apprenticeships. A School Based Apprenticeship is traditionally a kick-start to a Certificate III level trade qualification. The qualifications for these apprenticeships can be: Carpentry, Electrical, Painting and Decorating etc this is a great way to experience a trade and look at becoming a Full-Time apprentice when school is finished. Please note that these are not a scored VCE VET.

There is normally 1 day of work per week, but also the possibility for 2 days per week if the school and employer agree to this setup.  SBATs are classified as Part Time, this 13 hours are normally made of 7 hours of work and 6 hours of training per week.

There are many parties involved in an SBAT, they are: Student, Legal Employer, Family, RTO, Host Employer and Australian Apprenticeship Centre.  Schools must agree to the students commencing a SBAT and schools also have the power to remove the student from the SBAT follow poor performance at school.

A School Based Traineeship will usually consists of a Certificate III level qualification and a is completed over a school year.  The qualifications for these traineeships are: Community Services, Education Support, Business, Hospitality, Horticulture to name a few.