As part of your senior studies, you are now able to study courses that not only contribute towards your Yr 12 Certificate and possibly ATAR (with certain restrictions), but also give you an industry recognised qualification when you complete that course.
The courses are called Vocational Courses and can be studied at school.
These Vocational courses form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This is the national standard of training and means that a qualification you receive here, is recognised anywhere in Australia. The courses are also "Competency Based" - this means that you move through the course and achieve the relevant qualification by demonstrating that you have the knowledge and can perform the skills required for that qualification. So, the faster you can learn and demonstrate these, the quicker you can complete the qualification. You will normally receive a qualification at Certificate II level.
There are courses available in:
There are also some courses you can do outside school (E Courses) that are delivered through CIT and other training providers.
Australian School Based Apprenticeships:
The VET courses can also form part of an Australian School Based Apprenticeship. School Based Apprenticeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship while at school. While studying for their senior studies, school based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training. Both the on-the-job apprenticeship training undertaken by school based apprentices can contribute to their Year 12 Certificate. For information on Australian School Based Apprenticeships, click here.