Australia's national vocational education and training (VET) system is one of the world's best. VET provides people with the skills and knowledge they require to:
• enter the workforce for the first time; • train or re-train for a new job; • upgrade their skills; or • move into further study in VET or University.
VET provides a vast array of subjects and programs, ranging from the traditional trades to business and commerce and the creative arts. It also provides basic skills training for social and community participation, such as English language training for new migrants.
Formal VET offers a range of nationally recognised qualifications, from certificates that can be completed in a relatively short time through to advanced diplomas that generally require two years of post-school study.
While this type of education is commonly known as vocational education and training (or VET) in Australia, it is known internationally as technical vocational education and training (TVET) or further education.
The key elements of the system which promote quality and national consistency in terms of qualifications and the delivery of training are:
VET provides skills and qualifications for all types of employment, except for those jobs which require a university degree. The flexibility of the system enables students to study one or two subjects to gain specific skills, without necessarily completing a full qualification, if that is their choice.
Who undertakes VET?
In most Australian states and territories, anyone over 15 years of age can access VET. Around half of all school leavers undertake vocational training within a year or two after leaving school. Over half of all students undertaking VET are over the age of 25 years and the vast majority of VET students study part-time.