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A review of VET for school students

The state government is reviewing how vocational education and training (VET) is delivered to South Australian secondary school students. We want to strengthen vocational pathways from school to employment to help all young people realise their full potential.

To achieve this, we need to lift the status of VET and unlock its potential to drive jobs and growth in South Australia. A range of challenges in delivering VET to school students is limiting this potential. 

Recently, the Minister for Education released an issues paper (PDF 588KB) highlighting these challenges. The launch of the issues paper opened a 6-week community consultation period, which closed at 5pm on Friday 26 July 2019. During this consultation process, feedback was captured through online surveys, written submissions, targeted engagement with industry, and open consultation forums across regional and metropolitan South Australia. This community and stakeholder feedback will help us maximise the benefits of VET for students, employers and the South Australian economy.

VET and vocational pathways 

The vocational education and training (VET) sector provides nationally recognised qualifications to prepare students for work. This includes Certificate I and II entry-level training through to Graduate Diplomas.

VET providers include TAFE colleges, private providers, adult community education and enterprise training providers.    

A vocational pathway provides students with the option to train with a VET provider in work-based skills and knowledge to complete a qualification.  

Next steps

Feedback captured through the 6-week consultation period is currently being considered and will help inform the development of a policy paper to be released later in 2019. The new policy will outline the state government’s long-term approach to ensuring young South Australians have access to high-quality VET.

In addition, there will be a review of best practice career counselling in government schools, which is already underway, and a review of VET funding in schools.

All of this work will provide information for the policy paper, which sets out our plan to deliver stronger vocational pathways in South Australian schools. Positive changes will take effect from 2020, with further implementation to continue through 2021 and beyond.


Further education and pathways

Phone: 8226 0284
Email: Education.VETPathways [at] sa.gov.au