VET Delivered to Secondary Students

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VET DSS) combines the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or VCE Vocational Major studies at school, with practical hands-on experience and training at TAFE.

VET Delivered to Secondary Students website

Gain insights and experience within an industry you’re interested in working in, and get ahead in your career with VET DSS. Programs are offered over two years, and contribute to your overall VCE or VCE Vocational Major requirements. You need to be at least 15 years old and in Year 10, 11 or 12 to join.

You attend campus once a week and in some cases, this is supported by work placement or structured workplace learning, to further enhance skills and provide opportunities for employment.

Having a VET DSS qualification helps you to pathway into an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment, and best of all, when you have finished school – you can fast track into another course in the same area or we will help you choose an area of interest. Sometimes, subjects at school may not be of interest to you. So once a week, come to SWTAFE and gain practical skills, employability skills and build your confidence.

Just remember there is no right or wrong reason to do VET DSS. In partnership with your school, we are helping to prepare you to start thinking about your future and the endless possibilities available to you.

The course options are broad and include:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Building
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Food & Hospitality
  • Hair & Make-up
  • Health and Community Services
  • Information Technology

What do I get from doing VET DSS?

  • You can explore potential careers while you are still in school.
  • Hands-on industry experience and employability skills.
  • Credits towards further education via pathway opportunities post-secondary school.
  • Valuable hands-on skills and experience for work, further training or university.
  • You’ll study close to home and experience an adult learning environment.
  • You’ll gain technical and specialised skills in your chosen area that will make you more employable; including communication, teamwork, problem solving and many more transferrable skills.
  • The VET program you choose will contribute towards your VCE or VCE Vocational Major.
  • Nationally-recognised units of competencies and qualifications, meaning the credentials are recognised anywhere in Australia.
  • You can potentially earn while you learn if you study an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • A VET qualification can lead to further study options within TAFE or university – it’s up to you and your goals.
  • VET DSS courses contribute to your ATAR if you complete the two-year course of study completing units 1-2 and 3-4.
  • Some ‘scored’ courses provide a study score like other VCE subjects, boosting your overall VCE results and ATAR score. Any ‘nonscored’ courses provide an additional 10 per cent increment towards your ATAR score.

How does VET DSS works with VCE and VCE Vocational Major and my ATAR?

If you participate in a VET DSS course, it becomes an integrated part of your VCE. Some courses include a VCE study score component, so you can receive a study score like you do for other VCE subjects. You can achieve excellent results via VET DSS studies which can actually improve your VCE result and boost your ATAR score.
Any programs that are ‘non-scored’, provide an additional 10 per cent increment towards your ATAR scores.
You can finish school and already have credits that can count towards continued study with TAFE, providing a great head start on future education, an apprenticeship or traineeship.

How much does it cost?

The costs for each program is determined by your school, so you will need to ask your school VET DSS coordinator for information on fees.
Each VET DSS program has some costs, beyond the course fees, to cover materials. These costs are paid directly to Campions Bookstore. Your school will provide you with a SWTAFE resource pack prior to the course commencing. These costs vary by course, and range from $10 to $330, depending on course requirements.
You can find specific information on materials costs for each course under the ‘Admin’ tab on our website 

Why South West TAFE?

We make it our business to know what local industries are looking for. As a result, all our courses are designed to replicate actual work situations and our trainers have extensive knowledge of the industry.
Our campus facilities provide training in a real or simulated industry environment – like an automotive workshop, a hairdressing salon, a hospital ward, or restaurant.
You receive practical training from our teachers who are motivated, passionate and professional.
We prepare you for the real workplace by providing curriculum, facilities and training that is relevant to actual job requirements; so all of our graduates are job-ready.

How do I enrol in VET DSS?

Visit the VET DSS website for more information then speak to your school VET DSS coordinator, as all enrolments are managed by your school – along with any fees and general administration of your participation.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships 

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students to start an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while still at school. 

On average, a minimum of one day a week is spent on the job with an employer, plus a portion of the school holidays. For the rest of the school week, you complete the South West TAFE component of your training as well as your other VCE or VCE Vocational Major subjects.

As a school-based apprentice, you undertake the first stage of your formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training at school.

After completing Year 12, you can commence full-time employment as a second-year apprentice provided that you have successfully completed the training program while at school.

School-based apprenticeships are offered in a range of areas including automotive, beauty therapy, construction, plumbing, hairdressing and hospitality and many more.

Why choose a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you participate in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you are more work-ready, increase your participation in learning and make a better transition to work and further study.

What are the benefits?

An apprenticeship or traineeship provides you with an opportunity to:

  • combine your VCE or VCE Vocational Major with vocational training within a supportive school environment
  • gain valuable work skills and experience
  • earn while you learn
  • obtain nationally recognised skills to work in industry areas with strong career prospects
  • get a head start in your career
  • potentially earn high wages
  • use your studies as a pathway to further studies or to gain credit towards further study.

Want to find out more?

Visit the apprenticeships and traineeships page or call 1300 648 911 to speak to one of our apprenticeship officers.