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What is vocational education and training?

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

Courses range from certificate I to advanced diploma level meaning that whatever level you are at there is a VET course that will put you on a pathway to your career or future. You can even do a short course - these are known as Skill sets.

Courses are delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, TAFEs, community centres and workplaces.

In Tasmania, TasTAFE is the primary public provider, but there are also a range of other providers, some delivering a wide range of courses while others specialise by industry.

1When would I undertake VET training?

VET training is all about acquiring skills. You may consider undertaking a VET course for the following reasons:

  • You want to start an apprenticeship or traineeship (after you complete school or during).
  • You are looking for a pathway to university.
  • You want to get a job.
  • You want to improve your chances of a promotion or progression at work.
  • You’re considering a career change to a different industry.
  • You want to start a business.
  • You’re considering a second job.
  • You want to do some volunteer work.
  • You want to learn more about a hobby or personal interest.

As you can see, VET training is something you can do at any age or stage of life and a life-long learning opportunity.

2What industries does VET training cover?

VET courses cover all industries so there is training for everyone. The MySkills website is a great source of information about the different industries, training courses and Registered Training Organisations that deliver those courses.

Industries included on the MySkills website:

Need more information?

For more detailed information about how the VET system operates in Australia, watch the 'Understanding Australia's Vet sector' video, from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).