Vocational Education & Training

Vocational Education & Training

What is VET?

VET stands for Vocational Education & Training

Students have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised accreditation in industry standard competencies or modules.
A VET course offers students:

  • the option to combine a vocational pathway with their SACE studies
  • an opportunity to obtain a certificate I, II or III, or sometimes even a certificate IV qualification
  • a pathway to further tertiary study or vocational education
  • a variety of VET courses are offered through GIHS. Some are delivered at school, while others utilise other school or training sites within the region. This may mean students need to travel to another learning site as part of their studies.

The East Adelaide Schools’ Cluster (EASC) represents the collaborative partnership and regional provision of Vocational Education and Training (VET) across all schooling sectors in the East of Adelaide. Comprising 19 schools and a range of training partners, the EASC compile courses that compliment student interests, school specialisations, regional and national skill shortage areas and experiences that lead to the development of transferable skills.
Each course contributes to SACE, allowing students to complete their SACE while getting a head start on their chosen career pathway.

For more information on the East Adelaide Schools Cluster VET partnership click here.


Please click below for more information on VET courses offered outside of the EASC.

Why Choose VET?

There are many benefits to completing a VET course. Students can:

  • develop practical work-related skills that will make them more employable
  • gain an understanding of ‘real life’ work environments
  • obtain industry specific knowledge and experience before making a commitment to working within that industry
  • get a head start in their chosen pathway before leaving school
  • gain dual accreditation, as VET achievements can also count towards the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • in some cases, contribute their VET course towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) required for entrance to university, ensuring their options and pathways remain open.

Will VET overload my studies?

VET courses are included as part of a flexible timetable and can replace a SACE subject for a semester or a year. Students can choose to study a VET course in place of a subject at school.

Choosing a VET course

Students should choose their VET course based on their personal interests and possible future career direction. It is important to research a course before committing to it, giving students a better understanding of the training they will undertake.

For further information on VET for your student, please contact Alex Turnbull (Coordinator: Flexible Learning, VET & Student Pathways) on alex.turnbull@gihs.sa.edu.au.