Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide

Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, is a cluster of DECD secondary schools in Western Adelaide who work collaboratively to provide students with access to vocational learning in a range of industry areas.


Students are able to achieve their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) while learning skills and working toward industry-accredited qualifications through Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs, School-Based Apprenticeships and the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS).


Apprenticeship Brokers work with students from each school and link students to training, traineeships and apprenticeships, including School-Based Apprenticeships and employment opportunities. Schools in the region also host a wide range of regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs to provide students with increased pathway options. Students, with the help of their VET Coordinators, PLP Teachers and Counsellors, can also apply for the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS).


Attention Year 9, 10 and 11 students
Click here to read for information about Regional VET (Vocational Education and Training) Programs and School-Based Apprenticeships in 2017 


What are Western Adelaide Regional VET Programs?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to national vocational qualifications that are endorsed by industry. VET also includes developing specific industry-related skills through -

  • off-the-job learning – at school or with another training provider and
  • on-the-job learning – at one or more workplaces.

Students with VET qualifications are well prepared to take on apprenticeships (including School-Based Apprenticeships), further training and skilled jobs.


The aim of our Regional VET programs is to provide year 10, 11 and 12 students in Western Adelaide schools with increased pathway options through the provision of a wide range of VET choices. Regional VET programs are hosted by schools and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and are available for students from Western Adelaide schools to enrol in. Students stay enrolled at their Home School, and attend the Host School or Registered Training Organisation for their VET program.


Detailed information about each program is available on our website (, under ‘Regional VET Programs’. Brochures with more information will also be distributed to schools at the beginning of term 3 (for year 9, 10 and 11 students). Please see your VET Coordinator to get a copy of this brochure.

What are the benefits of choosing VET?

Some of the benefits are -

  • gaining a nationally-recognised qualification while completing your SACE
  • getting a 'head start' in your chosen career
  • making your senior school studies more relevant and interesting
  • providing opportunities to learn 'on-the-job' while undertaking workplace learning
  • gaining skills and knowledge that employers seek in their employees
  • providing pathways into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education or training, and direct employment.

How will doing a VET Program contribute to my SACE?

The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE enable students to include significant amounts of VET in their SACE studies. Students can gain recognition for up to 180 SACE credits at Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 for successfully completed VET. Within these 180 VET-based credits students must also fulfil the literacy and numeracy requirements of the SACE. The remaining 20 SACE credits are derived from the Personal Learning Plan (10 credits) and the Research Project (10 credits). Students can use a vocational context in completing these subjects (ie can be related to your VET program).


Each course offered as part of our Regional VET Programs provides SACE information relevant to that particular program (ie number of SACE credits and SACE stage). Please refer to the detailed information about each program on our website ( Please also speak to your Home School VET Coordinator for more information about VET in the SACE or visit the SACE Board website at

Will I have to pay to participate in a Regional VET Program?

DECD (public) schools in our region (Western Adelaide) support VET students by paying for the delivery costs of VET programs; therefore there are no delivery costs for students. However, some programs may have specific equipment or materials that you are required to purchase, eg steel-capped boots or equipment that becomes your personal property. Please see the detailed program information on our website ( for more detail about these costs. Also, your Home School has a Regional VET Fee of $100 (please check with your Home School VET Coordinator about this).

How will I travel to my VET program?

In most cases, students will be required to arrange their own transport to VET programs and workplace learning. Please speak to your Home School VET Coordinator to find out what assistance is available from your Home School.

Will doing a VET program affect my other subjects?

Your VET course is counted as a school subject and should be treated as such; however some students may miss lessons for other subjects while at their VET program. This will depend upon your timetable, the VET program you are enrolled in, and the number of other subjects you are studying at your Home School. You will need to be well organised and prepared to catch up with any work missed by working closely with your subject teachers and Home School VET Coordinator.

What other SACE subjects could I study that are relevant to my VET program?

One SACE Stage 1 and 2 subject that is highly recommended for VET students is Workplace Practices, as this can be related to your VET program. In this subject, students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers’ rights and responsibilities and career planning. Students can undertake VET and workplace learning as part of this subject. See your school’s Curriculum Handbook for other subjects that your school offers that may relate to your chosen VET program.

Will I need to need to do some workplace learning as part of my VET program?

Many VET programs require students to undertake Structured Workplace Learning (SWL). This involves learning opportunities related to your VET program in a real or simulated workplace. These placements provide on-the-job training and mentoring to develop your technical and employability skills. SWL also provides opportunity for on-the-job assessment as part of your VET program.


The Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) provides guidelines for all South Australian students. Before participating in workplace learning, your school will ensure you have participated in an orientation program which includes -

  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the workplace
  • insurance arrangements and implications
  • equal opportunity and harassment in the workplace
  • child protection
  • specific requirements of the workplace provider.


Before participating in workplace learning, you will also need to complete a Workplace Learning Agreement Form from your Home School, and ensure that it is signed by all parties (student, parent/caregiver, work placement provider and Principal). Please see your Home School VET Coordinator for a copy of your school’s Workplace Learning Agreement Form.

Who can I speak to about a Regional VET Program?

Please contact your Home School VET Coordinator for more information.

How do I apply for a Regional VET Program?

Step 1

Read the detailed Program Information for the program/s you are interested in and encourage your parents/caregivers to read this too. This information is available for each program on our website at under ‘Regional VET Programs’.


Step 2

Fill out the Expression of Interest Form, and hand it to your VET Coordinator by the due date published by the school.


Step 3

You will be provided with more information about the program from the Host School/Organisation, including the particular selection and enrolment
procedures, which may include an interview. Selection for entry to regional programs will be based on the following principles -

  • Demonstrated capacity for independent learning and meeting the requirements of the program
  • Identified relevant interest and/or experience in the program

Step 4

Applicants will be advised of the enrolment outcome early in term 4.


Step 5

Applicants may need some further subject counselling at their Home School to ensure that VET programs are included in their SACE and timetable.

What Regional VET Programs can I enrol in?

To find out detailed information about the programs offered, please go to, and click on ‘Regional VET Programs’. There is a possibility that details for some programs may change. There is also a possibility that new programs will be added. It is not guaranteed that all programs will run, as formation of classes is based on viable numbers of students selecting programs. Updated information will be provided on this website as it becomes available.