Vocational Education Programs

VET provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for work. It includes practical, hands-on learning, which suits many students. It also leads to excellent jobs in many fields.

Studying VET as part of your NTCET or SACE enables you to get a head start on a qualification, which is a great way to fast-track your progress towards a rewarding career.
VET operates through a national training system, particularly for trades and other industries. It is delivered, assessed, and certified by registered training organisations (RTOs), including TAFE. Katherine High School enjoys a working partnership with the Department of Education RTO to offer Certificates at school from VET Trainers in our on site workshops. Skill sets are offered to Year 9 with formal Certificate I and Certificate II qualifications offered to Senior Years students across Automotive, Building & Construction and Engineering and Manufacturing Pathways.

We also partner with Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver additional Certificates, including the very popular Certificate II in Rural Operations. Students have the opportunity to learn at the CDU rural campus with the majority of the training and assessing completed in two-week blocks delivered at the end of each term.

Each of these courses enables the students to learn practical trade skills and theory which are recognised nationwide in the form of national VET qualifications. Additionally successful achievement in the Certificate I and II courses accumulate NTCET credits for Stage 1 and 2 which helps the students to graduate in Year 12. Students can gain recognition for up to 150 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completing specific VET courses.

If you are thinking about becoming a carpenter, a builder, or mechanic, or want to experience station and stock work, then including VET in your NTCET could be the right choice for you.


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School-Based Apprenticeships

The VET courses can also form part of a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship. School Based Apprenticeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship while at school. While studying for their NTCET, school based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training. The students complete their Literacy, PLP (Personal Learning Plan) and Numeracy requirements at school on a modified timetable which allows them to work and complete their on the job training and trade school requirements.
We recognise and promote this flexible learning arrangement which allows students to achieve in both the education sector (gaining their NTCET) and in the workforce (trade and work qualifications) which is a win/win for all concerned.

For more information on School based apprenticeships, please visit the following website.