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5 Vocational education and training (VET)

In Australia, vocational education and training (VET) provides pathways for students seeking further education and training, and employment-specific skills.

Organisations that provide VET are known as registered training organisations (RTOs). They include Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes, adult and community education providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, commercial and enterprise training providers and colleges, and some universities and schools.

Students can access VET programs through the school if it is an RTO, an external provider who is an RTO, or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow students to undertake paid work with an employer and train towards completing a recognised qualification under a contract of training while completing senior schooling.

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