Vocational Educational and Training (VET) programs offer hands-on learning with real-life training that provides students with the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce or take on further educational opportunities. VET programs contribute points towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and are a major part of our curriculum. Nearly 70% of students take part in some area of VET training and 40% study and gain full qualifications.
VET programs offered at Don College, as a member of the Tasmanian Secondary Colleges Registered Training Organisation are nationally recognised. All VET qualifications are developed and revised in consultation with industry. Staff who deliver and assess qualifications have current industry experience and liaise with industry in the development of their teaching plans. Training generally takes place in a simulated workplace environment and many students participate in industry-based work placements for a period of a week up to several weeks depending on the training package. Students undertake a number of units that when completed will enable them to achieve a full qualification. Students who complete fewer units will achieve a statement of attainment.
VET programmes usually run for 300hrs which allows students to select two other subjects for full-time study. In some cases it is recommended that students undertake suitable subjects in the areas of Mathematics and English in conjunction with their VET program should there be a need for additional support in these areas. The VET handbook for Don College contains details on the VET offerings.