What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?

VET is competency based training which focuses on what a person can do as a result of training rather than a set time spent training. These competency standards are set by industry and they form the basis for a Nationally Recognised Qualification.

VET at St Brendan-Shaw College

In 2015 we will be offering:

Certificate II in Hairdressing

Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Certificate II in Hospitality

It is highly recommended that all V.E.T. students undertake one line of English and Mathematics during their senior years at the College. This will assist in obtaining necessary work employability skills required by industry in numeracy and literacy.

In addition to this, all students will be expected to undertake a course such as Work Readiness to ensure the employability skills of their selected training package are met.

Work Placement

There is no substitute for the real life workplace to develop and practice these skills and to acquire certain knowledge and attitudes. This is why all VET students are required to undertake Work Placement as part of their program. Through this Work Placement, students are able to apply skills learnt at the College to the workplace and will gain industry relevant skills and practical experience. Generally students will have 2 placements for two-weeks duration. Some of this time will be during allocated school holidays. A staff member visits the workplace during this time.

All students will be required to pass basic First Aid and have a general understanding of Occupational Health & Safety before undertaking Work Placement.


If you are interested in obtaining further information, please contact the VET Coordinator.

Mrs Diane Saltmarsh
VET Coordinator