Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETis)


Vocational training gives students the opportunity to undertake a nationally recognised TAFE qualification while they are still at school. Pakenham Secondary, in conjunction with Chisholm Institute of TAFE and other Registered Training Organisations are able to offer students a variety of courses that will complement their VCE, VCAL or Year 10 program and help prepare them for future employment or further study. VET provides students with the opportunity to foster and develop employability skills to improve their potential performance in the workplace. It is a recognised pathway to employment, further education and training in an industry specific skill.

Certificates such as Building and Construction, Engineering, Plumbing and Automotive may provide credit towards a future apprenticeship, while training in Hairdressing, Beauty or Hospitality will provide excellent grounding for those students who wish to undertake further training in the industry. There are a large variety of TAFE Certificate courses to select from, including Children’s Services, Animal Studies, Music, Multimedia, Dance, Information Technology, Health, Electrical Trades and Fashion. Other popular courses include Business Administration, Horticulture, Equine Studies, Laboratory Skills and Sport and Recreation. If you complete a TAFE certificate while you are still at school, you will finish your secondary education with dual qualifications. For example you may achieve a VCAL or VCE certificate and one or more TAFE Certificates. VET

programs also offer units toward VCE and VCAL. Furthermore, 13 of the VET programs allow students the opportunity to obtain a study score. These Certificates are equal in all respects to any other VCE program. VCAL students will be required to undertake training in VET as a part of their program, whereby VCE students may choose to integrate a vocational subject into their program to enhance their learning in a specific area, in preparation for further study or a traineeship. For example, you may choose the Certificate 11 in Laboratory skills to complement a VCE science program. Year 10 students will also have the opportunity to study a TAFE certificate and those interested will be selected based on careful consideration of their interests and future pathway choices.

Things to consider if you decide VET is right for you

While we provide training for some VET programs at the College, most of the programs are delivered externally and will require the student to travel to a neighbouring school or TAFE one day per week. For example, students wishing to study automotive at Chisholm Institute will travel to Chisholm’s Dandenong campus.

VCE students wishing to study a VET program will often miss some timetabled classes due to external training. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are still able to satisfactorily demonstrate the learning outcomes for all of their VCE units.

Programs are subsidised by the Government, however, a fee to cover costs of materials and consumables is required and in some cases students will have to wear overalls, work boots or specific attire such as a Chef’s uniform, to meet with industry and Occupation Health and Safety regulations. Some VET programs require students to participate in a structured industry work placement. The hours required in a structured work placement vary between VET certificates and may require some students to make arrangements across the school holidays or weekends.

Kick-start your career plans

To support your post-school plans, whether that be uni, TAFE, an apprenticeship or job, you can choose programmes of study that collect subjects together in logical groups. To further assist you to make these decisions, PSC has created a number of programme examples, which are also relevant for students studying for VCE or VCAL certificates.

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The list below includes options of VCE VET programs available to students. There are more options beyond those listed, so feel free to contact your College Careers Counsellors for full details.

There are also specific programs that offer scored assessment, these are marked with an asterisk (*).

Click on the options below for further information available at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.

* indicates programs with a scored assessment

For programs without a scored assessment – an increment based on 10% of the average primary four study scores is added to your ATAR. Programs that have a study score component have either a 90 minute written exam or a performance exam at the end of the year.

If you require further information about VET programs, you can contact the College Careers Counsellors.


(Block Credit)

Students who undertake Vocational Education and Training qualifications that are not included in the suite of approved VCE VET programs may be eligible for credit towards their VCE or VCAL by way of Block Credit recognition. Block Credit recognition is calculated by issuing one unit for every 90 hours of study.

Examples of Non VCE/VET programs are:

If you require further information about VET programs, you can contact the College Careers Counsellors.

Want to explore other options?

Discover your Senior School Pathway – Click here
VCAL information – Click here
School Based Apprenticeships (SBAT)- Click here