Vocational education and training (VET) is a practical tertiary education option available to everyone across a large number of careers and industries ranging from the traditional trades to business or the creative arts.
Undertaking VET leads to gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Qualifications range from certificates that can be completed in a relatively short time, through to apprenticeships and traineeships, and advanced diplomas that generally require two years of post-school study.
The flexibility of the system enables individuals to study one or two subjects to gain specific skills relevant to them or their workplace, without necessarily completing a full qualification.
Many people with university qualifications, such as degrees, also undertake VET to obtain specific skills. Some people are required to undertake VET as part of their job.