Vocational Education and Training in Schools Program
Implementation of VET across Australia is in accordance with the set of nationally agreed principles from Principles and Guidelines for Improving Outcomes for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VTE) in Schools (2005 - 2008).
Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programs are delivered as part of a broad, general education that combines study towards a senior secondary certificate (i.e. the Western Australian Certificate of Education - the WACE) with a nationally recognised VET qualification within the Australian Qualification Framework.
The specific areas identified as priority areas for VET in Schools for action in the Principles and Guidelines include:
* the establishment of VET in Schools by schools not previously involved in the delivery of VET in Schools
* expanding the range and spread of VET in Schools courses offered across industry sectors by schools already involved in the delivery of VET in Schools
* the establishment of VET in Schools courses in new industry areas and in industry areas currently not well subscribed in VET in Schools
* increasing participation in VET in Schools by particular student groups that are difficult to reach and/or service, for example, improving access for students in rural and remote areas and for educationally disadvantaged students including Indigenous students and students with a disability,
* developing strategies to maintain quality standards in VET in Schools including professional development
* increasing participation in School-Based New Apprenticeships (in WA these are called School Based Traineeships) and other trades related vocational courses which relate to skills shortages, and
* addressing areas of skills shortage.