Why you should consider a VET pathway after school
The aim of VET (apprenticeships, traineeship, vocational study) is to make you ‘work ready’. This means that the work and study you undertake is directly relevant to an industry, is hands on, often incorporates work experience, and will give you a qualification.
VET is for everyone. Not only is VET for those who are passionate about working with their hands, many university graduates will need to gain vocational qualifications to be able to work in specific industries and to ensure they have work ready skills.
VET graduates are considered to have ‘job ready’ skills and in the future labour market in Australia with 1 in every 2 young people expected to complete a Bachelor degree, it is more important than ever to have diverse skills, industry experience and more than one qualification (e.g., a Bachelor of Engineering with a TAFE Diploma in Project Management).
So, no matter if you want to design the latest fashions, design buildings, create new recipes, look after the environment, care for animals, assist people to regain their health or defend our nation, there is a vocational course for everyone.
Key statistics (Australian data)
- 9/10 occupations predicted to have the most jobs growth by 2022 are in vocational training areas and in the industries with the most growth (e.g., health and community services, construction, and accommodation and food services)
- Specific occupations with the biggest growth prediction include sales assistants, aged care workers, disability workers, enrolled nurses, electricians, chefs, and early childhood education workers etc.
- VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.
- VET graduates have a higher employment rate than university undergraduates. Currently it takes on average 4.7 years for a university graduate to find full time work in their field of study.
- More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training
- VET courses have adapted more readily to changing workforce needs.
- ‘Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia’, Skilling Australia Foundation, 2017, http://bit.ly/2vPBkPF
- How Young People Are Faring In The Transition From School To Work? Report Card. (2015). [ebook] The Foundation for Young Australians
What are my options after school?
You will combine studying a nationally recognised qualification whilst working. Traineeships usually take between 12 – 18 months to complete.
The same as a traineeship, but the qualification takes longer to complete, usually between 3 – 4 years. You will receive a trade qualification that will be recognised anywhere you live in Australia.
Key local contacts for Traineeships and Apprenticeships
You can register with the following Apprenticeship Centres and Group Training Companies.
- Kestrel Recruitment, Level 1, 9 Stanley Street, Wodonga, kestrelrecruitment.com.au Samantha Degen, email@example.com
- ATEL, 2 Michael Drive, Wodonga, atel.com.au Sarah Stevenson, Sarah.Stevenson@atel.com.au
- MEGT, Office A132, Level 1 Building A, Wodonga Institute of TAFE, McKoy Street, Wodonga, megt.com.au Gene Williams, Gene_Williams@megt.com.au
- AiGroup, 560 David Street, Albury, aigroup.com.au Chanon Ramos, Chanon.Ramos@aigroup.com.au
- Sarina Russo, 2 Michael Drive, Wodonga, sarinarusso.com Ben Watts, WattsB@sarinarusso.com.au
- GTES, 3 Stanley St, Wodonga, gtes.com.au
- MP Training and Recruitment (traineeships only), 38 High St, Wodonga, mptrainingandrecruitment.com.au Andrew Doubleday, Andrew@mptrainingandrecruitment.com.au
- The Apprenticeship Factory, 44 Wyndham Street, Shepparton (also service Albury/Wodonga), theapprenticeshipfactory.com.au Paula Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org
You will study a course through a ‘Registered Training Organisation’. This can range from a short course to an Advanced Diploma. Most people at some point of their lives will undertake some form of vocational study.
Local vocational training organisations
- Wodonga Institute of TAFE, McKoy St, Wodonga, wodongatafe.edu.au Key contact – Trina Judge, email@example.com
- Riverina Institute of TAFE, Poole Street, Albury, rit.tafensw.edu.au Key contact – Kylie Hruz, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Albury Wodonga Community College, 63 High St, Wodonga, awcc.edu.au
- GO TAFE, 27 Docker Street, Wangaratta, gotafe.vic.edu.au
Key Web Resources
- Please find attached a list of key career websites – Click here
Past student stories
I hope you enjoy the following stories from past Catholic College students who have undertaken VET pathways. All have enjoyed/are enjoying their vocational pathway and are keen to share their experiences with you.
- Stephanie Gill: Keating and Avery, Click here
- Kayla Laird: Albury Legal, Click here
- Nikki Irvine: First Point, Click here
- Ashleigh Laird: Albury Surgical Group, Click here
- Kirstie Upton: Business Administration, Click here
- Georgia Bain: Belvoir Special School, Click here
- Lacey Armstrong: Westmont Aged Care, Click here
- Lauren Allen: MP Recruitment and Training, Click here
- Jake Spargo: Stockdale and Leggo, Click here
- Hannah Shanks-Colla: Wangaratta City Council, Click here
- Matthew Bethune: Civil Engineering, EDM Group, Click here
- Nicole Vogel: Agriculture, Click here
- Josie Lindner: Catholic College Wodonga, Click here
- Ella Taig: Catholic Identity, Catholic College Wodonga, Click here
- Laura Oswald: Baranduda Primary School, Click here
Sport and Recreation
- Ben Paton: Tallangatta Secondary College, Click here
- Trent Williamson: Victory Lutheran College, Click here
Personal Care Assisting
- Bronte Crothers: Westmont Aged Care, Click here
- Jack Macklan, Quarter Master, Army, Click here
- Hannah McKerral: Driver Specialist, Army, Click here
- Nick Scheidl, Airbase Security, Air Force, Click here
- Jamie-Lee Digby, Weapon’s Specialist, Navy, Click here
- Jess Symons, Operator Movement, Army, Click here
- Ollie Greenhill: Liv Designs, Click here
- Riley Damm, Click here
- Connor Baker: Jamie Swinnerton Electrical, Click here
- Ben Hartwig: Bradken, Patternmaking, Click here
- Willis Neil: Boiler Making, Click here
- Riley Payne: Fitter Machinist and CNC Operator, Click here
- Kade Glass: CMV Trucks and Bus, Click here
- Mason Brown: Jones Doyle Plumbing, Click here
Vocational Study (TAFE)
- Monique Sinnett: Beauty Therapy, Riverina Institute of TAFE, Monique Sinnett-2c1rrvk
- Cherie Broadbent: Beauty Therapy, Riverina Institute of TAFE, Click here
Gaming and Animation
- Brodie Martin, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Click here
- Jackson Grant, Screen and Media, RMIT, Click here
- Bill Gibson, Building Design, Wodonga Institute of TAFE, Click here
- Emilia Hanuska: Custom Footwear Design, RMIT, Click here