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What is VET?

VET is an accredited vocational education and training program that secondary students usually complete over 2 years. VET focuses on students developing industry-specific and workplace skills and is designed to meet industry needs.

VET students complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification and a senior secondary certificate, such as Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), at the same time.

Completing a VET qualification allows students to go directly into employment or receive credit towards further study.

Northern Melbourne VET Cluster

Northcote High School is a member of the Northern Melbourne VET Cluster (NMVC). The NMVC is a consortium of secondary schools that formed to improve the provision of VET programs in the Northern Region of Melbourne. The NMVC has 45 member schools from the government, catholic and non-government education sectors.

VET students at Northcote High School can choose subjects that run at times that fit with their school timetable at local TAFE providers and at the school. Most of our VET students attend Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) in Preston.

VET subjects

We provide students with information and advice about VET during Year 8 and 9, and then support them during their VET studies.

VET programs offer a diverse range of study areas, including fashion design and textiles, building and construction, business, education support, hospitality, media, visual arts, sport and recreation, digital media and technology, furniture making, music industry, engineering and dance.

Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows VET students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations.

SWL is available to our students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

VET taster program for Year 9

We run a VET taster program for 15 weeks each semester for up to 16 Year 9 students to give them the opportunity to experience hands-on learning at NCAT.

This opportunity complements our work experience program in Year 10, which helps students chose VCE subjects and other pathways options, such as VET and VCAL.

We provide information about the VET taster program to Year 8 students in Term 4.

For more information about VET programs, visit Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCCA).

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