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About VET in Tasmania

Vocational education and training (VET) is important to Tasmania’s economy by supporting the growth of a skilled workforce. It enables students to gain qualifications for all types of jobs, and the specific skills employers want.

1What is VET?

VET is practical, hands-on and industry focused training.

The benefit of VET is its practical approach to learning, giving students real-world skills that are used in the workplace. VET courses are also available through some schools for years 9-12 and provide young people hands-on skills for the future.

Courses range from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level, meaning there is a VET course that will suit everyone. Short courses - known as skill sets - are a great way to collect skills and knowledge.

Courses are delivered by training providers called Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Learning can take place in a variety of settings including in a classroom, online, in the workplace or a combination of of these.

In Tasmania, TasTAFE is the public provider but there are also other providers that deliver specialised courses specific to industry.

Choosing the right training provider is based on the course you want to do, where you’re based and availability of training spots in your region. See this page for course and training provider search links.

2Benefits of VET

Vocational education and training – or VET, provides many benefits. VET helps build practical skills and knowledge that will be used in the workplace and the confidence to participate in the workforce.

Benefits include :

1. Gain skills that are in demand

Businesses are looking for people who have skills that will help their business grow and meet the demands for future skill needs.  Undertaking vocational education and training, or "VET", provides you with nationally recognised skills wanted by employers locally, interstate and overseas.

2. Training is outcome focused

Vocational education and training can help people turn their passions and interests into skills and knowledge leading to rewarding employment and fulfilling careers. Qualifications have been developed with the goal of preparing learners for work. VET focuses on skills that help people to join the workforce for the first time, re-join after a break from work, upgrade their current work skills or gain skills that will help them move into a different career.

3. Available to everyone

Anyone can start learning through VET, including those who have faced barriers to learning in the past. It is available to everyone, regardless of gender, family or cultural background, level of ability or experience, or current job status.

4. There are many different courses

VET provides something for everyone. Courses range from skills such literacy and numeracy development, to short courses or advanced diplomas. There are a wide variety of courses for different industries and types of work so it is worth searching to see what is available.

3VET Myths and Facts

VET is traditionally thought of as being only related to trades. While it offers great study options for builders, electricians, plumbers and allied trades it is also create for creative and professional industries and for areas such as engineering, agriculture, seafood and many others.

Have a look at the myths and facts below.



# 1 VET graduates earn low wages.

VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.

# 2 VET graduates struggle to find work.

VET graduates have a higher employment rate than university undergraduates. More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training.

# 3 VET is a thing of the past.

VET courses have adapted more readily to changing workforce needs.

# 4 VET only caters for traditional trades.

VET qualifications number over 500 covering a range of industries (from nursing to business to agriculture to tourism and many more).

# 5 VET is a second choice education system.

VET is highly valued by industry and can be a pathway to university.

To find out more about this research, read the full report (Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia).

Find out what VET could do for you. See this page for course, training providers, industry and career search links.