Vocational Pathway


VET stands for Vocational Educational Training. It is intended for students who desire entry into a particular industry or apprenticeship. These Vet Pathways usually involve some form of structured workplace learning or study at a TAFE institute, in conjunction with general school subjects and are designed to prepare students for the world of work.

Under SACE Policy “VET Outcomes Towards the SACE”, students have the opportunity to undertake VET as part of their SACE. This also acts as a bridge for students between school and gaining further qualifications in TAFE, the University sector or in work.

Each year there will be a range of VET subjects offered in conjunction with the Northern Futures Inc. and others will be offered as part-time School-Based Apprenticeships. These courses are offered through our partnerships of the eleven schools of NASSSA (The Northern Adelaide State Secondary Alliance.)

These courses include pathways in Automotive, Civil & Doorways Construction, Engineering, Horticulture, Hospitality, Community Services, Information Technology, Music, Multimedia, Sport & Recreation, Hair & Beauty and Animal Care to name a few. A separate booklet will be published showing these courses.

Another way in which VET can be offered is when some students complete VET independently of SACE subjects. For every 70 hours of VET that a student successfully completes, status for 10 SACE credits will be granted. Students can earn 5 SACE credits for successfully completing 35 hours of VET. These TAFE units can be used as part of their free choice units towards completing their SACE. These Units need to be negotiated with the appropriate teacher and Year level manager and approved by the SACE coordinator. The SACE Board will decide whether the SACE credits earned for a particular VET qualification will be recognised at Stage 1 or Stage 2.


Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBA’s) allow Yr 11 and 12 students to achieve the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) whilst at the same time gaining a vocational qualification and undertake employment. Under these arrangements the student is considered to be both a full time student and a part time employee and will be under a contract of training.

Opportunities for School Based Apprenticeships will come up during the year and students will apply to the Pathways Coordinator and will be led through the application process.