Courses for School Students

TAFE SA has designed a range of accredited and non-accredited courses especially for high school students. These courses provide an opportunity for school students to trial studies in a particular area of interest.

Stackable VET

TAFE SA has a range of approved VET Stackable and Advanced VET Stackable courses designed especially for high school students. These aim to provide school-based students with pre-vocational skills, work preparedness and the opportunity to try out different areas before committing to a qualification.

The VET Stackable courses may provide a pathway to further studies through VET for Secondary Schools, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships or further studies with TAFE SA. Some courses may gain credits towards SACE – please check with your schoolteacher or VET coordinator for clarification regarding SACE points.

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VET for Secondary Schools

To study a VET for Secondary Schools (VFSS) course, you must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible VISA holder. You must also be in year 11 at a minimum, and be 16 years old, or turning 16 during year 11. As part of the new Department for Education VET for Schools policy all students wishing to undertake a VFSS course need to undergo the VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) process which includes an Upfront Assessment of Need (UAN), induction and orientation to VET.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) allows senior secondary students to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship in Years 10, 11 or 12, combining paid employment and structured work-related training as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

SBATs are a pathway to employment in a trade or occupation, self-employment, further training or higher education.

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VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO)

VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) is an upfront assessment, induction and orientation in VET to ensure that students enrol in a course that is right for them and has their personal and learning support needs planned for.

Students who seek a subsidised training place in an approved Flexible Industry Pathways (FIPS) course will be required to participate in a VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) which includes upfront assessment, induction and orientation to VET carried out by an RTO.

The VETRO will determine the student’s readiness and identify a personalised approach to the learning which may include additional training and wraparound supports.

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Flexible Industry Pathways

Flexible Industry Pathways are a new way to approaching VET in Schools, mapping out a student’s journey through secondary school to employment in 26 key growth industries in South Australia.

Flexible Industry Pathways have been designed in partnership with industry to identify qualifications appropriate for school students and that contain the skills, knowledge and experience valued by employers.

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