VET and Workplace Training

There are many career pathways available to students through our Duncraig Senior High School (Duncraig SHS) Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program. These qualifications add value to a students’ education, allowing them to pursue programs that may lead to further studies at Universities, TAFE or private training providers, Traineeships and Apprenticeships or fulltime work opportunities.

Half of our students choose a non-ATAR pathway. These students opt to select VET programs as part of their school timetable having the courses delivered on site at the school or access via approved external courses.

Duncraig SHS has developed strong community partnerships with many Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to deliver certificate courses.

As a guide only, in 2023 Duncraig Senior High School students were able to access full certificate courses in the following areas:

Fee Free Programs run at North and South Metropolitan TAFE, Industry Training and Workplace Services (ITWS), MPA Skills and CET – College of Electrical Training.

  • Automotive
  • Aquaculture
  • Aviation
  • Building and Construction
  • Creative Industries
  • Education and Community Services
  • Electrical
  • Engineering and Mining
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events
  • Health, Beauty Services and Fitness
  • Horticulture
  • Networking and Security
  • Laboratory Operations
  • Library and Information Services

Many of these programs have a 100% completion rate which indicates the high success rates for student outcomes.

VET Fee for Service Programs

External training providers offer a variety of courses suitable for students in senior school. These courses are advertised with the understanding that there is a fee involved which parents will be responsible for paying. These programs allow students to get a head start on a career pathway of their choice. Examples of programs available to Duncraig SHS students in 2023 are in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Education Support
  • Business (Certificate IV)
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Creative Industries and Media
  • Animal Studies
  • Health and Nursing



Workplace Learning is an important VET subject which is offered to Year 11 and 12 students. Many students practice the skills they have learnt while studying VET qualifications while other students explore a variety of work placements which help them establish their career pathways. Students who use their work placement effectively, can gain opportunities such as apprenticeships, part-time and full-time work.

Pre-apprenticeships are paired with Workplace Learning so that students can consolidate their training in the workplace, allowing them to gain experience and network within their chosen industry. This is a very successful career pathway for many of our students who have the opportunity to gain an apprenticeship through their work placement contacts.

Many students choose a qualification in an area of interest to provide a basis for ongoing study.

Duncraig SHS has established excellent partnerships with local employers who host our students in a variety of industry placements and provide our students with the best opportunities for success in the chosen VET qualification.

We also have a strong working relationship with Western Workplace Learning, who are employed to place most of the students, ensuring all duty of care requirements are met.

Students also have the opportunity to complete a School Based Traineeship (SBT), which involves on the job experience at paid training employment one day per week while they complete a related certificate qualification.  This program involves employers and are managed by industry representatives and the school.

Employers such as Boost Juice, Coffee Club, McDonalds and City Beach clothing are some of the popular choices with placements also at The Water Corporation.

Most of these programs run for at least 18 months and require students to apply to the position and complete an interview and/or aptitude test as part of the selection process. Qualifications in this area include Retail, Hospitality, Business and Government.