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Vocational Education & Training (VET)

VET Coordinator: Mrs Diane Horton

VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses are available for study by students as part of the Higher School Certificate – Stage 6.

The Forest High offers the following VET courses:

  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Hospitality – Kitchen Operations

By enrolling in a VET qualification, students are choosing to participate in a program of study that will give them the best possible direction towards a nationally recognised qualification. To receive the AQF VET qualification Certificate I, II or III, students must meet the assessment requirements of the Industry Training Package (

VET courses are designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET courses for secondary students are developed by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on National Training packages. When a student achieves a unit of competency it is signed off by a qualified assessor. To achieve the qualification students must be deemed competent in all units of competency.

VET courses allow students to gain HSC qualifications and a national qualification, or a statement of attainment recognised throughout Australian as part of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). These qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary training providers and will assist students to move to various education and training sectors and employment.

Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirement and include a minimum of 70 hours of mandatory industry specific work placement that may include up to 50% simulated workplace hours at school as specified by NESA.

Due to the specific requirements of a VET course, it is recommended students speak to the VET Coordinator, VET Teacher or Careers Adviser before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the requirements and that the course is suitable for their individual needs, knowledge, and skills.