VET and Post-School Pathways


Vocational learning helps secondary students explore the world of work, identify career options and pathways, and build career development skills. Vocational learning is also delivered within the broader school curriculum.

Vocational Education and Training

Enables students to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognised training described within an industry-developed training package or an accredited course. A VET qualification is issued by an RTO. The achievement of a VET qualification signifies that a student has demonstrated competency against the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in the workplace.

Vocational Learning

Describes the range of strategies or programs in schools that support career development through learning and development, and activities such as work experience and employer visits. Career advice involves the provision of information, advice and guidance by a qualified adviser in a one‑on‑one or small group setting. Career development enables students to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and capabilities for managing their future training, further education and employment pathways.

VET Landscape

VET – In School Delivery

There are nine Dioceses that operate Registered Training Organisations across the State (Bathurst, Broken Bay, Canberra Goulburn, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Parramatta, Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong). These Diocesan RTOs focus of delivering high quality VET to students in school.

VET – External Delivery

Externally delivered VET courses are provided by TAFE NSW and private RTOs to all NSW schools. This is managed through the EVET system and offers a range of courses. Further details can be found on the EVET website. Click here to visit their website.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW. They allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school. A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines paid work, training and school; and as well as an industry recognised national qualification you will gain credit towards the HSC. Further information is available at  the NSW Government website. Click here to learn more.

Post-School Pathways

The NSW Post-School Destinations and Experiences Survey collects information about students’ main destination1 in the year after completing Year 12 or leaving school early. The survey provides information on education pathways, attainments and destinations of young people in NSW and informs policy making related to students’ post-school education, training and employment. Click here for the latest report and resources.