Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to acquire workplace skills through Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) delivered using an industry-developed training package or accredited course. A VET qualification is issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The achievement of a VET qualification signifies that a student has demonstrated competency against the skills and knowledge specified to perform effectively in the workplace. Competency is developed through a combination of classroom-based, simulated and work-based learning.

Requirements and Guidelines

The Requirements and Guidelines for VET delivered to school students was endorsed by the Years 9 to 12 Steering Committee in February 2021.

Consultation on this and associated documents was undertaken with schools, as well as education, training and industry stakeholders, throughout 2020.

Supporting resources and professional learning to assist with implementation are being developed and will be provided to schools.

The Requirements and Guidelines provides guidance and parameters around the delivery and provision of VET to school students. This document will not be implemented until 2022.

A short video has been provided to explain what this means for schools.

Please note that minor updates may be made to this document on an ongoing basis, so please use the link above to ensure you are accessing the most up to date version.

Significant updates will be communicated via regular sector communications.

2022 VET Pathways Industry Engagement and Alignment Process

This process is to support clearer learning pathways between school, Vocational Education and Training (VET), university and beyond.

Under the Requirements and Guidelines VET to School Students, approval must be sought for the delivery of

  • Certificate III qualifications
  • Full qualifications prior to Year II

The VET Pathways Industry Engagement and Alignment Process has been developed to assist schools to seek approval.

2022 Timeline

Schools that are unable to meet this timeline for new qualifications that are not already addressed in the current industry advice are able to submit an application in a second round in Term 3.

An Information session was organised on 18 May 2022 for those who submitted applications to ask questions about the process. A recording of the session has been provided below:


The Years 9 to 12 Project Steering Committee has endorsed the 2022 VET Pathways Industry Engagement and Alignment Process with changes incorporated from feedback received from the pilot in 2021. This includes a change to the pilot title from ‘VET Pathways Approval Process’ to reflect what the process purpose is. The industry feedback received in the pilot is available at 2021 VET Pathways Approval Process.

CONTACTS: Years 9 to 12 Learning – Phone: 6165 5759 or years9to12learning@decyp.tas.gov.au 

Current Industry Advice

Years 9-12 Learning, in consultation with Industry Advisory Groups have produced VET factsheets to contribute to the continual improvement of VET programs in Tasmanian Schools and to assist schools in planning their VET provisions.

Schools are requested to review the advice made available from the Industry Advisory Groups and make decisions on their planned programs of delivery which align with the Requirements and Guidelines VET to school Students and align with the vision for VET in Tasmanian Schools.

If you require assistance in planning your VET provisions, or would like to discuss the VET Pathways Industry Engagement and Alignment Process further, please contact Years 9-12 Learning years9-12learning@decyp.tas.gov.au

Fact Sheets have been prepared based on the industry areas identified by schools in the applications: –

Industry Advice Across All Sectors

VET Prior to Year 11 

Personalised Approach to Learning  

Schools should read the fact sheets and consider how this information from industry will contribute to the continuous improvement of the school’s VET programs and contribute to pathways that support young people to transition from school to further education, training and work.    

Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres

Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres (TTCs) provide an exciting opportunity to promote the benefits and to deliver quality Vocational Education and Training (VET) to learners, including school students and adult learners, through providing localised access to industry standard trade training facilities. The use of these high standard facilities provide the opportunity to establish new pathways into VET and to promote the benefits of quality VET to the community, including learners and industry.

Objectives for TTCs

Department for Education, Children and Young People Trade Training and Trade Skills Centres are to engage learners, support industry and to enable communities. This will occur through meeting the following objectives:

  • Engaging learners by:
    • Delivering quality vocational learning, including predominantly VET, for school students and adult learners
    • Assisting in transitioning into further education, training or employment
  • Supporting industry by:
    • Providing vocational learning which industry has confidence in, and is responsive to needs within the TTC’s local labour market and region
    • Delivering relevant and transferrable skills to learners
  • Enabling communities by:
    • Promoting and demonstrating the value of vocational learning, including VET
    • Facilitating strategic alliances which benefit learners and industry in the local community

The Policy intends to support the sustainable operation of industry standard trade training facilities, with the use of these high standard facilities to deliver VET that is supported by strong collaboration with industry, community and local government.

The Policy is closely supported by the Trade Training and Trade Skills Centre Procedure which includes strategic planning, governance and reporting requirements for TTCs, as well as the roles of Principals and Coordinators in managing each facility.

Please note: this information has been compiled for Department for Education, Children and Young People schools. Independent and Catholic audiences are welcome to refer to this information though it may not always apply to their contexts. For guidance, please contact years9-12learning@decyp.tas.gov.au.

For more information or support on delivering VET in your school, contact years9-12learning@decyp.tas.gov.au.

Nominate VET Liaison Officer            

When your school delivers or plans to deliver VET, the principal should appoint a staff member as the VET Liaison Officer (VLO).

The VLO ensures the school complies with the Requirements and Guidelines guidance and parameters for the delivery and provision of VET to school students. They will be required to facilitate communication between your school and Years 9 -12 Learning.

VET Liaison Officers ensure that the school:

  • Understands and implements the Requirements and Guidelines for VET programs and processes.
  • Submits application/s through the VET Pathways Industry Engagement and Alignment Process for the delivery of VET prior to Year 11 and / or the delivery of Certificate III’s.
  •  Participate in information sessions sharing advice gathered from Industry Advisory Groups

Schools are responsible for resourcing the VET Liaison Officer role and may form part of an existing role.

Nominate person by completing the form with contact details.