Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a program that enables students to gain a nationally recognised qualification while at school. Students learn the skills and knowledge required for specific industries.

VETiS can be undertaken in Years 10, 11 and 12, and can count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. The cost of undertaking a VETiS program can be funded in three ways:

  • self-funded (i.e. where the student or parent pays for the qualification)
  • through a school RTO
  • through the Queensland Governments VET Investment budget.

Students undertaking VETiS that is funded and delivered by a school RTO or self-funded can study any qualification across a range of industries. This includes Certificate III or higher level qualifications.

Students undertaking VETiS that is funded by the VET investment budget can choose from a range of Certificate I and II level qualifications, referred to as employment stream qualifications. These qualifications have been identified in consultation with industry as leading to employment outcomes and are based on skills shortages and Queensland Government priorities.

VETiS qualifications on the Priority Skills List are only at the Certificate I and II level. This is in recognition that the best pathway to employment for school students completing Certificate III level qualifications is by participating in a school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT).

For more information on VETiS visit: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/providers/funded/vetis


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) are another option for students to undertake VET while still studying at school. SATs allow high school students, generally in Years 10, 11 or 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and/or Overall Position (OP) score. Students must gain support and approval from their school to undertake a SAT. Students continue to attend school as usual, however, some of their paid employment and/or training will become part of their school timetable. A SAT must impact on the student’s school timetable to be considered school-based.

Relevant school-based traineeships for the NDIS include:

  • Disability Support Worker Traineeship
  • Allied Health Assistant Traineeship
  • Community Service Worker Traineeship

For these traineeships, SATs must undertake at least 50 days (375 hours) of paid employment.

Funding Source: DESBT

For further information on traineeships see the previous section on traineeships above.

For further information on school-based traineeships, including eligibility requirements, visit:


This information was correct at the time of publication 11/3/21.

Employer or Self-Managed Participant, Student
Date published
March 11, 2021