VET in schools - frequently asked questions
What is VETiS?
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a program that enables students to gain nationally recognised qualifications while at school. Students learn skills and knowledge required for specific industries.
VETiS can be undertaken in years 10, 11 and 12, and can count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education.
VET can also be undertaken while a young person is still enrolled at school through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT).
How is VETiS funded in Queensland?
In Queensland, VETiS is funded from two main sources:
1. Schools—many schools are also registered training organisations (school RTOs) and deliver VETiS training to students. The majority of VETiS training in Queensland is delivered and resourced by schools RTOs.
2. Training (VET investment budget)—provides funding to any RTO that is approved by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS).
Can students undertake any VETiS qualification?
Students undertaking VETiS, which is funded and delivered by a school RTO or self-funded, can undertake any qualification across a range of industries. This includes certificate III or higher level qualifications.
Students undertaking VETiS, which is funded by the VET investment budget, can choose from a range of certificate I and II level qualifications, referred to as employment stream qualifications. These qualifications have been identified in consultation with industry as leading to employment outcomes and are based on skills shortages and Queensland Government priorities. Subsidised VETiS qualifications can be found on the Priority Skills List.
Students undertaking VETiS, funded by the VET investment budget, can complete one employment stream qualification at the certificate I or II level.
Why doesn't the VET investment budget subsidise certificate III level VETiS qualifications?
VETiS qualifications on the Priority Skills List are only at the certificate I and II level. This is in recognition that the best pathway to employment for school students completing certificate III level qualifications is by participating in a SAT.
The VET investment budget will fund certificate III level qualifications for VETiS in certain circumstances. Industry bodies or local employers can submit an
Industry Proposal Funding Submission to the department which must demonstrate local employment opportunities as a result of this training.
Students can still complete certificate III qualifications that are delivered and resourced by school RTOs, or are self-funded.
Can school leavers access subsidised training if they have done VETiS?
The Queensland Government is committed to providing young people with the skills they need to successfully transition from school to work.
Students who complete a VETiS qualification at school, even at the certificate III level or higher, are still eligible to access further Queensland Government subsidised training post-school, such as
Year 12 fee-free training and
Certificate 3 Guarantee.
Learn more about
subsidised training opportunities for learners.
Who pays any co-contribution fees (or shortfalls)?
VETiS funded by the VET investment budget is fee-free for students. Subsidies paid to PQS for VETiS delivery are detailed in the Priority Skills List.
The maximum subsidy for VETiS students will be paid in most circumstances. The subsidy for each VETiS qualification should cover the costs associated with participating in the training. In some instances however, there may be a shortfall between the subsidy level and the fees charged by the PQS. This is known as the co-contribution fee. This fee must be paid by the school to the PQS.
A PQS must disclose any fees upfront and clearly publish them on their website. This allows schools and students to be informed of all training costs and able to compare co-contribution fees across different PQS.