Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to the national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry.

Trainers of VET courses deliver units of competency from nationally recognised training packages. VET courses allow Years 10-12 students to:

  • personalise their learning pathways
  • develop and practice business specific skills
  • work towards attaining nationally accredited certification
  • work towards achieving their SACE through diverse and rigorous learning experiences.
  • improve their overall education and transition outcomes

VET units are integrated into Year 10 and Stage 1 Home Economics at Adelaide High School, which sees students undertaking partial Certificate II Food Processing.

Purchased VET courses, delivered outside the school, only run if there are sufficient numbers. The cost is borne by the families. Some courses are only offered in Semester 1, whilst others run only in Semester 2. However, most usually run in both semesters and there are full year training options as well. Some VET courses require students to complete Structured Work Placements as part of the requirements.

Given that VET courses allow students to gain SACE accreditation either at Stage 1 or 2 level, with parent / carer approval, students can either complete a VET course in lieu of a school based subject, or in addition to the full load of school subjects.

Please note that students who complete Certificate III level training courses (as listed on the SACE Board’s VET Recognition Register and which contain mostly Stage 2 accreditation) can use this to help generate an ATAR score, required for tertiary entrance. Only one Certificate III course can be counted for ATAR generation.

During the year, Birdwood High School students can also enrol in these short courses, for which there is usually no SACE accreditation and which are held at various times:

  • Barista
  • First Aid
  • Construction Industry White Card Training.

The school’s Senior School Assistant Principal liaises with a variety of Registered Training Organisations, depending on student interest.  Contact Ms Michelle Povey, if you require further information.

Adelaide Hills VET Program

Years 10-12 Birdwood High School students can also access purchased VET courses offered by the Adelaide Hills Schools Cluster, comprising 7 schools across all sectors and a range of training partners. These courses compliment student interests, school specialisations, regional and national skill shortage areas and experiences which lead to the development of transferable skills. Most of the Adelaide Hills VET courses occur on a regular training day and are held off campus. Payment can be made at school.

Please make an appointment to speak with our Senior School Leader Ms. Michelle Povey if you require further information.