Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a valuable pathway to many diverse careers which offer nationally accredited and recognised qualifications. Using this pathway, it is possible to achieve dual qualifications in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and a VET qualification in a chosen field. Stage 6 VET courses contribute to the HSC. Some can also contribute towards the ATAR. This pathway gives college graduates a significant advantage as they transition to further studies and work. VET courses can be delivered on-site at schools or through an external provider.

What is VET?

What is Vocational and Education Training (VET)

  • national training packages that are designed to meet industry training needs lead to the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • provide opportunities for practical, work-based learning that will assist in developing the knowledge and skills needed for work and further study both written and assessed in competency-based terms
  • Vocational education and training (VET) is that part of tertiary education and training that provides accredited training in job-related and technical skills.
  • Courses cover many careers and industries like trades and office work, retail, hospitality, and technology.
  • Qualifications range from Certificate II to Certificate IV, and Diploma and Advanced Diploma.
  • Individuals can be trained in part qualifications or 'skills sets' VET courses may be studied within your school (with The AIS NSW as your RTO), at another school, at TAFE, or through a private training provider.
  • Vocational Education provides students with a wide range of alternative pathways towards the HSC and post-school options. Vocational Education subjects are available to both academic and non-academic students. 
Why consider VET?

VET courses help to gain accredited industry skills and experience while studying for the High School Certificate. Accreditation for VET courses is provided by NESA and AQF which are nationally recognised by industry.

Certificate III level qualifications can lead to university entrance at a variety of universities with credit transfers available for selected units. See the University of Newcastle Vocational Entrance information.

Students at Bishop Tyrrell have access to state-of-the-art facilities and industrial equipment for a hands-on learning experience.

Graduates develop high capability skills valuable to future employers. 

On-the-job work placements provide additional work skills and future employment contacts. 

Skills such as initiative, problem-solving, and communication are developed as well as working independently and in teams, which can be used in a wide range of employment and higher education settings.

Nurturing inspiration stories about Bishop Tyrrell Alumni and students in hospitality.

Alumni Ms. Hannah Gunton winner of the Hunter Region School-Based Traineeship of the Year Award (Training NSW) in 2020 and currently undertaking her Chef Apprenticeship at Coal River and Co. was excited for the Year 10, 11, and 12 students at the annual Hospitality Showcase ‘Nothing fancy’ delicious menu theme for 2021.

Alumni Mr. Isaac Battrick takes out the national culinary award for excellence in kitchen operations from the Australian Institute of Technical Chefs as part of their search for future leaders of the hospitality industry.


Jenny Gurr

Phone: 4979 8484

Email: gurrj@btac.nsw.edu.au