Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

21 October 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Valuing Vocational Education and Training as a career pathway

The Tasmanian Government has worked with education and training sectors to develop a Vision for Vocational Learning and VET in Tasmanian Schools to 2030.

The Vision is that by 2030, all learners in Years 9-12 will have access to high quality personalised, customised and localised vocational learning and VET opportunities to support their career and life aspirations.  

The vision is a high level strategic document to guide the future development of education and training opportunities for Tasmanian learners.

It recognises the importance of vocational learning and VET as a pathway to a rewarding career and is part of our ongoing commitment to increase the number of young people who complete Year 12.

Vocational education and training is already being delivered in all Colleges and trade training centres, and increasingly in our extension schools , it provides a pathway for students who have a particular industry pathway in mind or prefer subjects and courses that are taught in a practical, hands-on way.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)  enables students to acquire workplace skills that employers are looking for, through nationally registered training.

Importantly, its value has been highlighted by its prominence in the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Report recommendations.

Teachers liaise with industry and further education providers as they design and continuously improve their programs to help students to transition from their program into post school further education, training or employment.

For a student undertaking vocational education and training in Years 11 and 12, a well recognised pathway is into an apprenticeship or traineeship.

We are also continuing to provide more choice to students of where they study with a further four schools extending their course offerings to include Years 11 and 12 in 2020, which brings the total number of schools to 47.

This is a significant long-term investment that is working with retention and attainment increasing over time; which means more students are staying at school longer and achieving more while they are there.

We will continue to present innovative solutions to ensure that all students, no matter their circumstances, have the opportunity to structure their learning in a way that suits their interests, strengths and aspirations.

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