Vocational Education


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Vocational Education

Mount Morgan State High School offers a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities for our students.

What is Vocational Education and Training (VET)?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides students with the opportunity to acquire workplace skills through nationally recognized programs. These programs are outlined in industry-developed training packages or accredited courses.

VET helps students gain qualifications for employment and equips them with the skills necessary to enter and succeed in the workforce.

Why study VET?

Studying a VET course at school offers students numerous benefits, including:

  • Developing hands-on, work-related skills that enhance employability post-graduation.
  • Accessing learning opportunities tailored to practical learning styles.
  • Achieving nationally recognized qualifications sought after by industries.
  • Pursuing learning pathways that lead to further training, employment, or university.
  • Earning points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

How can VET be studied while at school?

Students in Years 10, 11, and 12 have the option to include a VET course in their study program. These courses can be provided by Mount Morgan State High School, which is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) #30409. Alternatively, they can be offered through partnerships with other RTOs or by external RTOs.

Courses offered directly by Mount Morgan State High School or through third-party arrangements are typically delivered onsite at the school. In contrast, courses from external RTOs may be conducted online or offsite. Offsite courses usually require students to attend the external RTO's facilities one day a week.

Training at MMSHS

All students enrolled in a VET course through Mount Morgan State High School are required to complete a VET Induction. If students think they may already have the skills and knowledge being assessed in their VET course, they will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Student induction materials are available from the Additional Resources section.

Any students who are not satisfied with the training they received at Mount Morgan State High School or disagree with the assessment decisions made are able to submit a complaint as per our Complaints and Appeals Procedure.

How do I decide what VET course to study?

There are VET courses for hundreds of different occupations and several providers for each course. Students should choose a course that suits their interests and abilities.

To find out about the range of courses and providers available, go to the Queensland Skills Gateway External link. You can also speak with the Head of Curriculum for Senior Schooling or the VET Coordinator about available courses.

What does a VET course cost?

The cost of VET courses varies. Courses delivered by Mount Morgan State High School as the RTO are usually free to students. Courses delivered by other RTOs may be fee-for-service (or full-fee paying) or subsidised by VET in Schools (VETiS) funding. VETiS subsidised courses may still attract fees.

Please speak with the Senior Schooling HOD or the VET Coordinator about costs prior to enrolling in any courses. 

What is VET in Schools (VETiS) funding?

Some Certificate I and II level courses delivered to school students are subsidised under the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's VET investment budget. 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 External link.

Please note that students can only undertake one (1) VETiS funded course.

What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is an individual education number for life. It provides an online record of your vocational education and training (VET) courses completed in Australia. From 1 January 2015, all VET students must have a USI before a Statement of Attainment or Qualification can be awarded.

To create a USI, students need to go to External link. They will need a valid form of identification which shows their legal name. Please provide a copy of the USI to Senior Schooling or the VET Coordinator for recording.


What is a School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SAT)?

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) allows students in Years 10, 11 or 12 to work for an employer (and get paid) while training towards a recognised qualification. This is done in conjunction with completing their school studies.

Some students may prefer to combine working in their chosen industry and studying at school by completing a SAT.  Mount Morgan State High School students have completed a range of SATs including:

  • Certificate III in Business
  • Certificate II in Retail
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate III in Concreting
  • Certificate III in Early Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Certificate III in Aged Care


Further information regarding SATs can be found at External link

Next Steps

Students who are interested in completing a VET course or SAT should:

  • Create a USI if they don't already have one.
  • Consider their skills, interests and abilities.
  • Research the VET course or SAT they are interested in.
  • Speak with Senior School staff about the VET course, SAT or other options available to them.




Last reviewed 06 June 2024
Last updated 06 June 2024