Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training Leader of Learning – Ms Paula Finlay

We provide the opportunity for students to study a Vocational Education Training (VET) course while completing the Higher School Certificate (HSC). This opportunity allows students to gain credentials from NESA for the HSC, and from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for a nationally recognised qualification.

VET courses are different from other HSC courses


  • are based on national training packages designed to meet industry training needs
  • are competency-based assessed
  • provide opportunities for practical work-based learning that will assist the student in developing the knowledge and skills required for employment, and further study.

Advantages in studying a VET subject

  • National qualifications and skills
  • Develops the student's capacity to make decisions and solve problems
  • Helps students gain confidence and improve communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills through learning in an adult environment
  • Prepares students for the workforce
  • Expands post-school opportunities
  • Provides the opportunity to trial a career, and helps students explore possible areas of interest, which promotes further study and work choices
  • Develops self and time management
  • Provides a good balance in a student’s subject selection and course rigour
  • Assists the transition from school to work

VET courses offered at St Mary’s Catholic College are:

  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Hospitality