As the school year begins to wind up, students in Years 11 and 12 in particular are figuring out what they want to do after school. One option that can provide a pathway to employment is Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VET in Schools), which offers students the option to gain credit and experience towards a nationally recognised VET qualification as part of their senior secondary certificate.

Training Prospects is one of the biggest VET in Schools providers in South Australia, currently servicing 26 schools, with over 450 students enrolled.

Community Engagement Consultant, Training Prospects, Thomas Nowak said the programs help secondary students explore the world of work and identify relevant career options and pathways.

“VET in Schools supports students to gain career development skills and provides opportunities for students to ‘taste’ the world of work through one-off events, initiatives such as enterprise learning, or spending time in a real or simulated workplace,” he said.

One student who has benefited from Training Prospects’ VET in Schools program is Tamsin, who is about to become our next full time employee.

Tamsin participated in the Certificate III in Retail program as part of her Year 12 SACE to both increase her confidence and job prospects after school.

As part of the program she undertook a placement at Training Prospects’ Elizabeth site in the administration team where she impressed her co-workers with her strong work ethic and positive attitude. In fact she impressed them so much that she was offered a full time position which she will commence once she finishes her SACE.

Tamsin said she is excited to have a stable job and plans for the future after she finishes school.

“I have met lots of people at Training Prospects and am lucky to work amongst a supportive team.

“I like being busy, and I really enjoy being helpful in the office,” she said.