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VET for secondary students

VET delivered to secondary students

The Department works with the education sector, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and industry to support the delivery of quality VET programs to Western Australian secondary students.

Here you will find a range of useful resources and information for schools, teachers and VET practitioners, including:

  • strategic documents and guidelines;
  • the VET qualifications register for secondary students;
  • good practice models; and
  • an overview of VET programs delivered to secondary students.


Strategic directions

The Joint Ministerial Statement establishes a clear strategic direction for VET delivered to secondary students.

View the Joint Ministerial statement

The VET delivered to secondary students guidelines support the implementation of the Joint Ministerial statement and provide an operational framework to guide schools delivering VET programs to secondary students.

View the guidelines


VET qualifications register for secondary students

The VET qualifications register for secondary students provides industry advice for schools and RTOs on the suitability of qualifications for secondary students and delivery requirements to meet industry standards. The register aims to assist schools and RTOs to select qualifications that are more likely to be completed by secondary students or help them to transition effectively to further training or employment.

Please note that the register is of an advisory nature only and does not override or replace training package requirements.

View the VET qualifications register for secondary students for the 2019 school year

Visit the training.gov.au website for training package information.


Auspicing research tool for schools

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, in collaboration with the WA Department of Education and the Training Accreditation Council, has developed an RTO auspicing research tool.

This useful tool provides schools with prompts and questions to help them research and choose suitable RTOs to enter into auspicing arrangements with to deliver VET qualifications to their students. It includes:

  • a focus on VET sector regulatory requirements;
  • a checklist of information that should be included in an auspicing agreement; and
  • links to VET sector resources to help schools easily access this information and understand the sector’s requirements.
Download the RTO auspicing research tool


You may also find these two fact sheets helpful.

  • Fact sheet – How to find information on RTOs
  • Fact sheet – How to find information on VET qualifications and units of competency

VET programs for secondary students

The Department funds the following VET programs to provide opportunities for full time secondary students to start training while at school.

  • Aboriginal school-based training program

    The Aboriginal school-based training program has two pathways:

    • employment based training (school-based apprenticeships and traineeships); and
    • institutional based training.

    View the 2018 business rules that apply to the ASBT

    View the 2018 ASBT employment-based training pathway fact sheet

    View the 2018 ASBT institutional pathway fact sheet

  • Pre-apprenticeships in schools

    Pre-apprenticeships in schools are Certificate II programs that have been nominated by industry training councils as valid pathways from school to related apprenticeships. Students attend school, train at an RTO and complete mandatory work placement. Completion of a pre-apprenticeship may also contribute to a student’s Western Australian Certificate of Education.

    View the business rules that ​apply to pre-apprenticeships in schools in 2018.

    More information is available in the Pre-apprenticeships in schools fact sheet and course listfor schools and RTOs.

    There is also a Pre-apprenticeships in schools fact sheet for students that you may find useful.

  • School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

    School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid employment based training programs for full time school students who are generally 15 years of age and over. Students are required to enter into a training contract with their employer.

    Qualifications that are available as school-based apprenticeships or traineeships are listed on the Register of Class A and B qualifications ​.

    Information on school-based apprenticeship and traineeship requirements is available in the School-based apprenticeship and traineeship policy ​.

    A good practice guide​ is also available to support schools and RTOs.


Critical success factors

Five critical success factors underpin successful VET programs delivered to secondary students:

  • leadership, continuity and partnerships;
  • student cohort and parent liaison;
  • vision, place and configuration;
  • flexibility; and
  • course content, structure and evaluation.

Read more details about applying the critical success factors .

Good practice models

The following good practice models are available to help schools plan and deliver quality VET programs. These models showcase selected schools that embed critical success factors in their planning and highlight how these schools help their students achieve quality outcomes.

Metropolitan schools

  • Clontarf Aboriginal College GPM
  • Gilmore College GPM
  • John Curtin College of the Arts GPM
  • John Forrest Secondary College GPM
  • La Salle College GPM
  • Mater Dei College GPM
  • St Stephen’s School GPM
  • Woodvale Secondary College GPM

Regional schools

  • Busselton Senior High School GPM

Career advice

Quality career advice and guidance are an important part of helping students to:

  • make decisions about their preferred career pathways;
  • decide which School Curriculum and Standards Authority courses and VET qualifications they should take at school; and
  • maximise their successful outcomes at school and post school.

Resources for school career practitioners and VET coordinators are available in the Career practitioners section of the Jobs and Skills WA Career Exploration website .


Further information

Further information about VET programs for secondary students is available from the:

  • Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (Inc) ;
  • Catholic Education Western Australia ;
  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority ; and
  • WA Department of Education .

Please direct any queries to [email protected] .

Page last updated March 08, 2017