Vocational Education and Training for secondary school students

Vocational Education and Training (VET) delivery for secondary school students has been around in Western Australia for over 20-years and was introduced as an alternative pathway to mainstream academic schooling.

VET qualifications, completed by full time secondary school students', may count towards a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

VET can be provided for schools by registered training organisations (RTOs) – either:

  • TAFE college;

  • private training provider;

  • an RTO school; or

  • a school in partnership with an RTO.

The training may be provided at school, off-site at an RTO, or in a workplace. Some VET programs use a combination of these training options.

Information Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Vocational Education and Training for secondary school students



Apprenticeships / Traineeships


An Australian Apprenticeship, commonly known as an apprenticeship or traineeship, is a learning pathway that combines paid on-the-job training and formal study with a training organisation. The apprentice/ trainee gains a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage working in under an employment contract.

The apprentice/ trainee completes their learning journey equipped with practical job role skills, which make them employable. The Australian Government provide funding and other benefits  to assist with costs incurred during training.

There are more than 650 apprenticeships and traineeships available in Western Australia, across almost every industry and ranging in AQF level from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma.


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