Vocational Education and Further Training (VET & SBAT) in Schools

What is VET?

VET programs are designed to broaden opportunities for students interested in vocationally orientated courses to complement the traditional VCE.

By undertaking a VET program, students will:

  • Gain a nationally recognised VET qualification
  • Gain up to 4 VCE units of credits for the VET program
  • Gain credit towards the calculation of the ATAR score
  • Complement theoretical VCE studies with practical work placements
  • Develop communication and employment skills
  • Gain Industry experience
  • Gain confidence
  • Enhance career opportunities.

Where do you study VET Courses?

VET programs can be delivered by TAFE, in partnership with the College or Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This means that course work may be completed at another location.

How long are these Courses and what qualification do you receive?

Students receive a qualification at the Certificate II or Certificate III level. Courses usually take two years on a part time basis, usually one day a week or block release over a week or two week period. A Certificate II usually equates to a pre- apprenticeship and students gain credit towards a full apprenticeship if they continue in the industry.

Are there different types of Vocational Education and Training Programs?

There are three different types of Vocational Education and Training Programs available that are a nationally recognised qualification. All qualify as credit towards VCE or VCAL programs.

  1. Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETIS)

    These programs are mostly delivered in schools. We are part of the Northern Melbourne VET Cluster and students are able to access these programs. In 2019 VET Certificate III in Interactive Digital Media and VET Certificate III Sport & recreation are options for students attending Diamond Valley College.

  2. Vocational Education and Further Training (VFE)

    These programs are usually offered by TAFE or another RTO. Students travel to a different location to complete their studies. However all placements are decided by TAFE and the College has little direct influence on selection and availability of courses. Placements are very limited.

    1. All VET programs are arranged through the College VET Coordinator.
    2. Students make application to undertake a VET program. This form is obtained from the College VET Coordinator.
    3. All VET Programs must be started in Year 11. No Year 12 student can start a VET Program.
  3. School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeships

    The School-based Apprenticeship (SBAT) for Secondary School Students program is open to students who are permanent residents of Australia. The program is only available to student undertaking their VCE or VCAL as well as being employed and trained under the following arrangements:

    • VCAL studies selected student in program
    • A training agreement registered with the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE)
    • A negotiated training program leading to a nationally recognised qualification
    • Paid work under some form of industrial agreement that endorses Part-time Apprenticeships, such as a Federal Industrial Award, Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or Certified Agreement (CA)


    1. All VET programs through the College VET Co-ordinator
    2. Students must obtain a form from the VET co-ordinator and have this accepted before enrolling in any VET course.
    3. Students who do not follow this process may not have their VET course accredited.
    4. VET Courses must be started in Year 11 unless studied as part of the Year 10 program.