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

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.


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.

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