VET and SWL – Hands-on training for our youth that helps keep our talented young people local.
VET (Vocational Education and Training), provides accredited training in a range of industries including trades, retail, health, hospitality and services. Schools in our region run a VET component to their curriculum which enables students to gain accredited training in an area of their interest while still at school. This training is hands–on and industry specific. The skills developed in a VET course can assist young people to find employment when they have completed their schooling.
As the training is primarily hands-on, VET provides students with an alternative way of learning. This type of learning is suited to many students and is why there is such success in this model, particularly for students who prefer learning in a practical environment. While there is a written component to VET studies, there is a strong emphasis on hands-on learning. Students who are unsure of their future career can undergo a VET course in an area of interest with the hope that it will assist them to determine a pathway forward for the rest of their schooling.
VET courses enable students to attain a certificate II or III in a particular field. If a student goes on to gain an apprenticeship in the area they studied in VET, their VET certificate will, in most cases, contribute as credit towards some units in the apprenticeship training and therefore reduce the length of the apprenticeship.
Part of the requirement for many of the VET courses is a Structured Workplace Learning, (SWL), placement to complement the course work. This enables students to gain experience and develop skills in an actual workplace. Businesses and organisations host a young person within their workforce for a specified time. This can be either one day a week for up to 20 weeks or every day for a one-week block. This valuable experience enhances the students’ learning and provides them with unique real–life experience in the workforce. In turn, the employer can use the process to seek prospective new apprentices or trainees and have them work in their team to assess if they are a good fit for their business. In hosting a student, employers support skill development in their industry and assist a young person with their studies. SWL is a valuable component of the VET training process and is a fantastic way for businesses to keep talented young people local.