Vocational education and training offered by TAFE SA is available to high school students.
VET can be undertaken for just a couple of hours a week, or through a more formal VET program, such as an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship.
Regardless of how students participate in VET at school, they can:
- develop practical, industry-specific skills
- develop an understanding of the world of work
- gain a nationally recognised qualification.
TAFE SA seeks to work with schools, offering VET in schools to promote pathways to further training and employment through VET in Schools Agreements as well as the options below.
VET in schools options include:
Programs at TAFE SA for classes of school students
Classes of school students can undertake training at a TAFE SA campus. A TAFE SA lecturer can provide accredited training to school students for a negotiated fee. Academic records will be provided to each student as a record of their achievements.
Individual students attending TAFE SA classes
Where vacancies exist in regular TAFE SA classes, it may be possible for individual students to 'top up' these classes, subject to arrangements with the student's school. Payment of the regular TAFE SA fee is applicable. Availability of this option is subject to numbers of TAFE SA students in the classes and cannot be confirmed in advance of the commencement of the TAFE SA semester.
Short courses can be arranged to provide groups of school students with a 'taster' of a particular training area, or simply to engage students in learning outside the school environment. Individual school students may like to consider some of the existing short courses offered by TAFE SA.
Tours of TAFE SA
Campus tours or profiling of a particular training area can be arranged to promote pathways and study options or to simply engage students in learning outside the school environment.
Career evenings, expos and workshops for students
Representatives of TAFE SA can attend your school's career evening, expo or event, and visit the school to talk to groups of students on orientation days. Representatives are able to attend during both school and evening hours. Existing relationships with three universities in South Australia can enable a 'whole of tertiary' presentation.
Australian School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
TAFE SA can be the registered training organisation for an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship and deliver the off-the-job component of the contract of training.
Further information about apprenticeships and traineeships
Strategic initiatives aimed at student retention
Various strategic initiatives aimed at student retention occur throughout the year.
Contact a Youth Pathways and Partnerships representative for further information on any of the above options.