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Overview of VET from 2022

The new vocational educational training (VET) in schools policy is being implemented by the Department for Education in 2022. In terms of VET study, the policy aims to clearly outline pathways to employment through the provision of quality VET programs that have been designed with industry to better prepare students for further study, training and employment. Norwood Morialta High School is committed to supporting interested students to identify an appropriate VET pathway suited to their strengths and interests.

Norwood Morialta High School will be supporting students to enrol in VET courses that are included in a Flexible Industry Pathway, are listed as Stackable VET or within a school-based contract of training. The school will work with a list of preferred providers who will help students make a successful and meaningful post-school transition to further study, training or employment.

To access more information about this new policy and its implementation, please visit https://www.education.sa.gov.au/schools-and-educators/curriculum-and-teaching/pathways-further-education-and-employment

In 2022, the Eastern Adelaide Schools Vocational Alliance will be offering a range of courses. More information can be found using the EASVA website: https://www.easva.sa.edu.au/

Information on VET courses outside of the EASVA region can be accessed below (Please note this information is in the process of being updated for 2022).

Flexible Industry Pathways

A Flexible Industry Pathway (FIP) is an industry-endorsed pathway from secondary school to employment in key growth industries in South Australia. The training programs have been designed in consultation with industry and have been endorsed by the South Australian Training and Skills Commission’s Industry Skills Councils.

FIPs include one or more VET qualifications at Certificate II to III level that industry considers suitable for school students, with enterprise and employability skills training and specific industry requirements linked to the pathway. In all they cover 150 VET qualifications.

There are 26 FIPs. They will be reviewed annually to ensure that they are an accurate response to the current employment opportunities and emerging industries in South Australia. The 2022 Flexible Industry Pathways are:

  • Aged Care and Disability
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Care
  • Aquaculture
  • Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
  • Building and Construction
  • Childcare
  • Civil Construction
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Cyber
  • Education
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entrepreneurial (Small Business Owner)
  • Food Processing
  • Forestry
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health Support
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Information, Communication and Technology
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Maritime
  • Meat Processing
  • Plumbing
  • Screen and Media Production, Gaming and Visual Effects
  • Tourism

Some qualifications will only be delivered on the job, as part of a contract of training, whereas some will be delivered through classroom-based learning using simulated work environments.

Stackable VET

Stackable VET is clustered VET options (outside of the FIPs) that are endorsed by the Industry Skills Councils as appropriate for students in secondary schools. Each category serves a purpose in introducing students to the VET environment and starting to build their technical skills in a vocation.

Quality VET is linked to industry requirements and employment opportunities and must be appropriate for the student.

The New Process

Stackable VET will be completed mainly by Year 10 students and can be VET tasters, pre-vocational qualifications and skills clusters. Those students can then begin their FIP in Year 11 or Year 12, once they have completed a VET Readiness Orientation (VETRO) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The Senior Campus Wellbeing Leader will refer students who wish to commence a FIP to an RTO. Stackable VET and/or other activities, such as part time work, volunteering or work experience, all related to the particular field, will form the evidence that needs to be passed on to the RTO. In addition to students making an informed decision about their chosen pathway, RTOs need to ensure that the students have the required skills to commence training. They will clarify expectations and requirements and ascertain if the student has the literacy and numeracy skills to undertake the training. The students will be able to do a practice test before undertaking the final testing. It is vital to determine that a student is ready to undertake a course. Unsuccessful students will be invited to catch up on the required skills.

Once enrolled in the course, the school will monitor the student’s progress, attendance and engagement in the course, to ensure they are on track to getting their qualification, earning the SACE credits and on a path to reaching their goals.

There may be costs associated with undertaking FIPs, especially to cover PPE and consumables, and is dependent on the course and provider requirements.

Additional Funding for FIP Courses

The school will receive additional funding in the following circumstances:

  • $300 per Year 11 or 12 student participating in a VET qualification (Certificate II or III level) within a FIP in each year. Families will need to cover any gap fees and additional costs.
  • School Card recipient students (applications submitted and approved for the current year) participating in a in a pre-vocational VET course (Certificate I) or skills cluster which is part of Stackable VET are entitled to $300 in each year (Year 10, 11 and 12).
  • School Card students who undertake a VET qualification (Certificate II or III level) within a FIP are entitled to $600 each year (Year 11 and 12).
Non-FIP programs

From 2022, the school is unable to support students who wish to do a non-FIP training course. Should a student, in consultation with their family, wish to undertake such a course, then contact will need to be made by them directly to the RTO. The family will need to enrol their child and pay the RTO directly, monitor their child’s attendance and ensure the qualification is completed.

Next Step and/or Have a question that wasn't covered?

Please contact Senior Campus Wellbeing Leader, Vanessa Guerin, to discuss your interest in VET study. We recognise that many parents/caregivers and their students are engaging in VET for the first time and look forward to working in partnership to give students the best chance for a successful future.

If you have a question that you don’t feel was answered through this information, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. As questions come in, we will post them in this section so that all families are kept up to date. Please note that all questions will be posted anonymously, your name and email details are being collected so we can contact you directly with a response.


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