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Vocational education and training (VET) provides pathways for all young people, including those seeking further education and training, those seeking employment-specific skills, and those at risk of not completing their schooling.

VET offers clear benefits to young people, including:

  • the development of work-related skills, making young people more employable
  • access to learning opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum
  • competency-based assessment that meets industry standards.

How can students access VET?

Young people can access VET in a number of ways including:

  • through their school as a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • at a TAFE or another RTO
  • through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

How is VET different from other school subjects?

VET qualifications are national qualifications that can be found on the national database training.gov.au.

Assessment in VET is competency based and does not result in levels of achievement being awarded. ‘Competency’ means that knowledge and skill have been consistently applied to the standard of performance required in the workplace. It embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments.

‘Competency-based assessment’ is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace.

What is QCAA's role in VET?

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, as delegate for the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), registers and audits Queensland school registered training organisations (RTOs). School RTOs registered through QCAA may deliver VET to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 only.

In addition, the QCAA receives all VET data from all RTOs (i.e. schools, TAFEs and other RTOs) that deliver to Queensland school students so that it can be included on the Senior Statement.

More information

  • The Training Queensland website provides more information about VET in schools.
Last updated: 12 May 2016

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