VET Delivered to Secondary Students

The VET Delivered to Secondary Students Program involves senior secondary school students undertaking a vocational subject as part of their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program. This program contributes towards their secondary school completion certificates, whilst undertaking a nationally recognised qualification in a program of choice.
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VET Delivered to Secondary Students, commonly known as VET DSS (Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students), combines general VCE or VCAL studies at school, with vocational training at TAFE.

The program is designed to give you hands-on industry training that is directly job-related. It also provides an opportunity for you to gain insights and exposure to an industry that you see yourself working in.

Every VET DSS course is designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to your industry of choice with interesting and practical hands-on study. You may enjoy stepping out of school to get a real taste of tertiary education and industry experience.

The course options are broad and include:

  • Agriculture - NEW in 2021
  • Automotive
  • Construction Trades program - NEW in 2021
  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Hair & Make-up
  • Health and Community Services
  • Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Tourism - NEW in 2021

What are the benefits of doing VET DSS?

You get to enjoy a combination of school study with TAFE study, and our courses will truly prepare you for the workforce with hands-on industry training that is directly job related.
Importantly, you gain direct experience in your chosen industry which employers truly value when recruiting. Plus, you can enjoy our hands-on style of learning while still doing your usual school studies.
The great news is that the VET DSS program provides you with two qualifications:

  • a qualification from school (VCE or VCAL certificate)
  • a qualification from TAFE (an industry recognised certificate)

Plus VET DSS courses set you up for further studies (and you’ll be a step ahead of others); with VET DSS students being highly regarded for entry into higher TAFE certificates or TAFE diploma courses.
Some VET DSS courses even credit directly into an apprenticeship and can reduce the time required for studying during an apprenticeship.
You may also choose to do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of your secondary schooling. In this case your VET studies will contribute to your VCE or VCAL and you will be paid for your work by your employer.
So you can even earn while you learn!

How does VET DSS works with VCE and VCAL and your ATAR?

If you participate in a VET DSS course, it becomes an integrated part of your VCE. Some courses include a VCE study score component, so you can receive a study score like you do for other VCE subjects. You can achieve excellent results via VET DSS studies which can actually improve your VCE result and boost your ATAR score.
Any programs that are ‘non-scored’, provide an additional 10 percent increment towards your ATAR scores.
You can finish school and already have credits that can count towards continued study with TAFE, providing a great head start on future education, an apprenticeship or traineeship.

How much does it cost?

The costs for each program is determined by your school, so you will need to ask your school VET DSS co-ordinator for information on fees.
Each VET DSS program has some costs, beyond the course fees, to cover materials. These costs are paid directly to South West TAFE prior to the course commencing. These costs vary by course, and range from $10 to $330, depending on course requirements.
You can find specific information on materials costs for each course under the ‘Admin’ tab on our website 

Why South West TAFE?

We make it our business to know what local employers are looking for. As a result, all our courses are designed to replicate actual work situations and our trainers have extensive knowledge of the industry.
Our campus facilities provide training in a real or simulated industry environment – like an automotive workshop, a hairdressing salon, a hospital ward, or restaurant.
You receive practical training from our teachers who are motivated, passionate and professional.
We prepare you for the real workplace by providing curriculum, facilities and training that is relevant to actual job requirements; so all of our graduates are job-ready.

How so I enrol in VET DSS?

To enrol you will need to speak to your school VET DSS coordinator, as all enrolments are managed by your school – along with any fees and general administration of your participation.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships 

What are school-based apprenticeships and traineeships?

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students to start an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while still at school. 

On average, a minimum of one day a week is spent on the job with an employer, plus a portion of the school holidays. For the rest of the school week, you complete the South West TAFE component of your training as well as your other VCE or VCAL subjects.

As a school-based apprentice, you undertake the first stage of your formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training at school.

After completing Year 12, you can commence full-time employment as a second-year apprentice provided that you have successfully completed the training program while at school.

School-based apprenticeships are offered in a range of areas including automotive, beauty therapy, construction, plumbing, hairdressing and hospitality and many more.

Why choose a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you participate in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you are more work ready, increase their participation in learning and make a better transition to work and further study.

What are the benefits?

An apprenticeship or traineeship provides you with an opportunity to:

  • combine your VCE or VCAL with vocational training within a supportive school environment
  • gain valuable work skills and experience
  • earn while you learn
  • obtain nationally-recognised skills to work in industry areas with strong career prospects
  • get a head start in your career
  • potentially earn high wages
  • use your studies as a pathway to further studies or to gain credit towards further study.
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