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.
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.
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:
- Agriculture & Food Processing
- Arts & Culture
- Business, Education & Training
- Construction & Mining
- Defence Industry
- Government, Safety & Environment
- Health & Community Services
- Manufacturing & Engineering
- Retail, Hair & Beauty Services
- Science & Technology
- Sports & Recreation
- Tourism & Hospitality