Students who undertake VET while still at school
Secondary students are able to commence nationally accredited VET studies while still at school, provided through a registered training organisation, including:
- through school based apprenticeships and traineeships
- by accessing training under the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS)
- by purchasing nationally recognised training from an RTO
- through a partnership arrangement between an RTO and a school (note: some schools are RTOs and can deliver VET in their own right).
Students who undertake VET while still at school are eligible to claim credit towards their SACE.
Delivery of VET to school students
On 26 March 2012, the Commission’s regulatory functions relating to the registration of training providers and the accreditation of courses moved to the national regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Prior to handing over to ASQA, the Commission introduced additional requirements in South Australia, preventing RTOs from delivering to school students without prior approval from the Commission. These requirements were introduced to promote quality outcomes for students by ensuring providers have in place appropriate delivery arrangements and learner support services.
The Funded Training List / Subsidised Training List includes details of the qualifications the RTOs have been approved to deliver to school students. While schools and students are free to choose more broadly (from any provider listed on the national register), the Commission’s list provides schools with some assurances that the RTOs listed have been through a separate quality assurance process in this State, specifically focussed on the needs of school students.
VET programs for school students
The Commission has produced a Guide for Schools [PDF] which provides school staff with information to help them make informed decisions when developing or accessing VET programs for their students. Hard copies are available from the Office of the Training and Skills Commission via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VET in SACE
One of the key elements of the new South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) is the increased capacity for VET to be recognised as part of the SACE, and for VET to count towards the calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and/or a TAFE SA selection score.
Schools should check the VET Recognition Register on the SACE Board website to identify the SACE credits that may be achieved for each qualification and if potential pathway issues have been identified. For more information visit the SACE website.
The Commission is working collaboratively with the SACE Board of South Australia to implement the new VET in SACE arrangements and to promote quality delivery of VET to school students.
Training Guarantee for SACE Students
Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) will enable SACE (or equivalent senior secondary certificate) students who are ready to commence a planned vocational pathway to receive quality VET training that will extend beyond their schooling and support their transition into further education, training or employment.
As an integrated part of their SACE, eligible students will undertake subsidised training in prescribed qualifications delivered by an approved training provider as part of their SACE, as well as relevant work placement. When they complete SACE and leave school, students will be guaranteed a place with the approved training provider to complete a Certificate III qualification (or higher). The training will be subsidised by the Department of State Development.
For further information visit www.skills.sa.gov.au