How to Choose the Right VET in Schools Qualification
Want to get job-ready before leaving high school? It’s possible to earn a real qualification with our VET in Schools program. A wide range of industries can be accessed by students who complete vocational education and training while at school, including the business sector and childhood education.
If you’re not sure what to study, learn how to choose the right VET in Schools qualification to get your career off to a strong start.
What is VET in Schools?
VET in Schools enables students to earn a nationally recognised qualification while completing their high school certificate. These vocational education and training courses allow students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to combine on-the-job training with their schoolwork.
In Queensland, VET in Schools is usually funded by both the school and the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Schools can deliver this kind of training by becoming a registered training organisation (RTO).
Play to Your Strengths
Signing up for a VET in Schools qualification is a serious commitment. To avoid selecting an unsuitable course, consider your options carefully. Choosing an area of study that plays to your strengths will give you the best possible chance of successfully completing your course.
For example, if you’re patient and great with kids, becoming an early childhood educator could be the perfect career path for you. Or if you’re a naturally talented negotiator and have great interpersonal skills, you may be suited to a career in business.
While earning potential and job opportunities are important considerations, choosing a qualification you feel comfortable with should be your top priority.
Consider Your Interests
Before enrolling in a vocational education and training course, think about what interests you. Do you excel in math class and have strong analytical skills? Or are you more of a people person with a flair for creativity? If you find something interesting, you might as well get paid to do it.
Earning a qualification in an area you don’t find stimulating could potentially be a waste of time and money. No matter how much that industry pays, why would you want to build a career in a field that doesn’t align with your interests?
Research the Job Market
Once you’ve identified an industry you feel confident with and enjoy working in, do your homework before committing to a VET in Schools qualification. Look at the number of available jobs in your local area and average wages to make sure you’re not committing to an unsustainable career path.
If you’re determined to follow your passion even if that industry doesn’t offer a wealth of employment opportunities, at least you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into.
Talk to Your School
Your school may only offer a select range of VET qualifications, so it’s important to speak with your teachers or careers counsellor to find out what opportunities are available. No matter which course you want to enrol in, you’ll need the support of your school.
Learn more about how to start your career while you’re still in high school and browse the VET in School qualifications available with Foundation Education today.