An Introduction to Vocational Education in Australia

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is available to those who want to learn trade or technical skills. There are VET courses in tourism and hospitality, information technology, childcare, construction and rural industries. Some VET courses are offered to secondary school students in their final year, but there are other courses that require students to complete their secondary school education to qualify. There are fees involved in VET courses and students may need to pay for their own textbooks, equipment and materials.


Other Community Short Courses

Adult and Community Education (ACE) offers short educational courses in community centres for people aged over 15 years. ACE courses are suitable for people of varying abilities and backgrounds and are typically held in the evening or on weekends to accommodate work schedules. Courses are usually two to three hours weekly, over six to eight weeks, or full-day workshops.

Typically, ACE courses do not result in certifications, but they can provide work-related skills and credentials and may lead to formal education, training or work. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and VET organisations may offer short accredited courses as well as non-accredited short courses that are not formally assessed.