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 qualification
  • a pathway to further tertiary study or vocational education

Some VET courses are offered through GIHS and may be 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.


EASVA is the East Adelaide Secondary Vocational Alliance, established in 2019, comprising eight Department for Education schools. EASVA promotes vocational courses and other programs offered by the schools, TAFE SA and other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). They are designed to help Years 10 – 12 students explore career pathways and commence accredited entry-level training in a variety of fields. They are also designed to complement student interests, school specialisations, regional and national skill shortage areas and provide 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 VET Alliance click here.


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

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.

From Year 10 students can select VET Skill Clusters that are short courses. These may run for a few weeks up to a semester. From Yr 11 students can select a Flexible Industry Pathway (FIP) course which may run over 1-2 years. To select a FIP course a student will need to apply and provide evidence of some industry immersion. This could be through their PLP, work experience, a short VET course, volunteering, related work in a school subject etc.

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


If a student would like to apply for a VET course please complete a VET Expression of Interest form and return it to Mr Alex Turnbull