VET Course Information

Course Information

The role vocational education and training (VET) courses play in helping students prepare for further education, training, employment and lifelong learning is widely recognised by key stakeholders in education.

Industry curriculum frameworks provide students with the opportunity to gain industry-recognised national vocational qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as part of their NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).

HSC courses within industry curriculum frameworks count as Board Developed unit credit for the HSC. Frameworks include an HSC examination which provides the opportunity for students to have this HSC examination mark contribute to the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Understanding what is involved in your VET Course is important, including what is expected for the mandatory Work Placement requirements.

Select a framework below to view the Course Syllabus and Work Placement Requirements:

Automotive

The Australian motor vehicle market is one of the most competitive in the world. While the industry itself is transitioning towards a new business landscape, it will still remain a significant contributor to Australia’s economy. This highly diverse industry encompasses a wide range of activities including motor vehicle and parts manufacturing and wholesaling; motor vehicle, parts and tyre retailing; automotive repair and maintenance; motorsport; outdoor power equipment and marine.

The automotive repair and maintenance sector currently employs the majority of workers and covers businesses and employees involved in the repair and servicing of passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles and automotive electrical systems. Occupations within this sector include light vehicle mechanic, panel beater, spray painter and automotive electrician.

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Business Services

Business services is a broad sector covering workers in Australia who provide professional assistance to other businesses.

The sector is not aligned to a specific industry or profession. It represents a collection of job roles that require similar skills. Skill sectors include business operations and management, compliance and risk management, human resources, information management, leadership and management, legal services, marketing, project management, work health and safety.

Some 1.5 million individuals are employed in the sector across organisations of all sizes, in public, private and social sectors. There is no unifying employer type and all operate very differently. As such, the skills needs of the business services sector are broad and diverse.

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Construction

With an employment base of more than 895,000 people, the construction industry is a significant employer of full-time (approximately 85%) and part-time (approximately 15%) employees. In the past ten years, the size of enterprises has reduced, but the number of enterprises has doubled. The construction industry has a low representation of women and female recruitment and skilling is a strategy being implemented to address labour needs in the construction industry.

A diverse range of occupations exists across the construction industry, such as carpenters, joiners, roof tilers, plasterers, bricklayers, painters and decorators, floor finishers and plumbers.

The construction industry is an important part of the Australian economy, contributing significantly to the gross domestic product (GDP).

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Electrotechnology

The electrotechnology industry is responsible for harnessing electricity to meet a variety of business and individual applications, ranging from traditional light and power, hardware platforms and networking automation to virtual enterprise, the internet and fibreoptics. It underpins the operation of other industry sectors.

The industry includes the installation, servicing, repair and maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment for industrial, commercial and domestic purposes. It comprises communications, distribution and transmission, electrical generation and computer data and communications cabling systems and sustainable/renewable energies. Telecommunications and information technology aspects of the industry are becoming increasingly important as the knowledge economy alters the way businesses operate.

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Entertainment Industry

The cultural industries are wide-ranging, covering many activities, organisations and businesses in fields associated with the arts, libraries, media, museums and entertainment. These industries are essential to a vibrant and creative society, contributing to the quality of life in Australia and to an understanding of our cultural identity. They also contribute significantly to the national economy.

The entertainment industry itself is diverse and covers all aspects of the production of any type of live performance or event. Occupational areas include audio, costume, front of house, lighting, make-up, props, scenic art, sets, staging and vision systems. There tends to be a high proportion of contract and casual work within the industry.

There are many career choices across the entertainment industry. Some jobs are highly creative or technical, while others are management or customer service oriented.

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Financial Services

Australia’s second largest industry, financial services, plays a significant role in the lives of most Australians who rely on the industry to manage their wealth and financial security.

It includes a broad range of individuals and organisations involved in banking, insurances, superannuation, financial markets, and financial planning and advice. While part of the professional services industry, accountants require a similar suite of skills to many financial services workers. The accounting sector is also a major employer.

Along with good technical skills, employers are looking for workers who have strong skills in key areas such as communication and customer service, ethics, risk management and compliance, and financial literacy, as well as adaptability to understand and embrace new technologies and ways of working in an ever changing environment.

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Hospitality

The hospitality industry is one of the largest in Australia, predominantly made up of small to medium businesses that provide a range of accommodation and food and beverage services. The inter-related nature of hospitality means that many businesses operate across sectors within the industry and across complementary industries such as tourism, travel and events.

Service industries are characterised by a high casual workforce. They are a major employer, supporting the skill development of younger workers who are central to Australia’s economic and social development. For businesses in the service industries, employees are the most important asset. Recruiting and retaining skilled staff is fundamental for businesses. Occupations within the hospitality industry are diverse and include barista, chef, cook, front office clerk, housekeeping attendant, kitchen hand, manager, marketing and promotion officer and waiter.

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Human Services

Together, community services and health are Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry. Wherever there are people, there are jobs in community services and health. Work is available across a diverse range of occupations and in a range of situations – such as in hospitals, in the community, assisting people in their own homes, in local government or not-for-profit community and welfare organisations. The workforce is characterised by both paid and unpaid work.

Community service and health providers are transitioning to new models of service delivery, driving the demand for specific skills and changing roles, and ongoing need to invest in workforce planning and development activities to support recruitment, development and retention of appropriately skilled workers. With many services spanning both industries, cross-industry skilling, flexible career pathways and cooperation ensure quality client care and seamless service.

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Information & Digital Technology

The information and communications technology (ICT) industry is a complex and comprehensive industry. It is an important contributor to business activities in all industries. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) studies estimate that 50 per cent of all Australian business productivity can be attributed to the application of information and communication technologies.

The ICT industry incorporates a range of different businesses and industry sectors including ICT service providers, purchasers and users of ICT goods and services, technical support providers, multimedia and web development specialists, desktop publishers, graphic designers, programmers and help desk operators.

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Primary Industries

Australia remains a world leader in rural and related industries. These industries are key drivers of our state’s economy, and primary industries provide many social, environmental, cultural and economic benefits to the people of NSW. Sustainability of the country’s natural resources is the subject of regular debate in the Australian community.

Our industry sectors operate in a dynamic environment shaped by a range of natural factors, and policy frameworks.

Natural resources and primary products are crucial to our lives. The various sectors of primary industries supply us with many products and services essential to life, including food, fibre, timber and energy, as well as the basic materials used in other industries.

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Retail Services

The retail services industries are distinct, with clear differences in the role each plays within the supply chain. The industries are highly diverse in terms of the products and services offered and the size and distribution of enterprises, ranging from sole traders through to multinational companies. Key sectors of the retail industries include fashion, fitness, community pharmacy, food and beverage and specialty retail.

Around 10 per cent of the total workforce is in the retail industry. Retail job roles include sales assistant, retail supervisor, retail manager and visual merchandiser. Retail trade is the largest employing industry of workers aged 15–24 years, offering many their first job and equipping them with skills for the rest of their career. Retail is a people business and success relies on quality goods, services and staff.

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Tourism, Travel and Events

Tourism is big business worldwide and an expected growth industry for the Australian economy. Australia has unique experiences to offer and areas of particular interest include ecotourism, Indigenous experiences and wellness tourism. Competition from other countries sees both international and domestic customers wanting more value for money spent. The number of Australians travelling remains high. More agents are expanding their online presence with websites, social media and online booking tools, and customers’ travel planning is increasingly influenced by electronic word-of-mouth.

The tourism and travel industries include arranging and selling tour and travel products; the provision of travel, tour, accommodation and reservation services; and travellers’ consumption of these products and services. The tourism industry also incorporates the tourism-related activities of businesses and organisations in allied industries including education and training, hospitality, retail, sport and recreation and transport.

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Other board endorsed courses

In addition to the main VET industry curriculum framework courses outlined above, a number of additional VET courses are offered as Board Endorsed Courses (BEC).

VET Board Endorsed Courses (VET BECs) are courses based on national industry Training Packages that are endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for inclusion in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

VET Board Endorsed Courses generally count as Board Endorsed unit credit for the HSC but may not contribute towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

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