VET in Schools forum delivers

As promised the 2018 VET in Schools forum inspired nearly 200 guests made up of VET (Vocational Education and Training) Educators, Group Training Organisations, Registered Training Organisations, TAFE Colleges and Industry from across the state.

The aim of the day was to spread the word about the importance of VET in Schools as an excellent career pathway.

There are currently 52,000 students in public, catholic and private schools undergoing VET training this year. They gain valuable skills needed to meet skills shortages in the workforce now and in the future. The VET in Schools courses prepare students for apprenticeships and traineeships and they can even undertake a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP is the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education. She addressed the group via video and said “VET is about real skills for real careers. The number of apprenticeships is growing, and we need to be better equipped to advise students on VET in Schools options and what successes can follow.” She then thanked the audience for their passion and dedication to our young people.

There were many more expert guest speakers highlighting the value of Vocational Education and Training and how university is not the path for everyone.

David Collins, Executive Director Training Services NSW said “Vocational training in NSW is a fantastic pathway to a job across so many industries.” He spoke of the Government’s latest initiative to waive fees for both apprenticeships and school-based apprenticeships. Welcome news to both business and individuals.

Enthusiastic and talented, past and present, VET students spoke of their successes. The value of being paid while you train. The importance of being linked to industry and the likelihood of gaining employment.

L to R: Nicholas Capovilla, Ashlee Hodson, Rose Cox, Pariselle Hughes and Russell Bailey

Nicholas Capovilla, 2017 SBAT of the Year in Construction explained how a School Based Apprenticeship changed his life. Disengaged from school, advice and support from his Careers Advisor gave him the opportunity he needed.

Adam Moore, Corporate Executive Chef, Cerebos Hospitality Industry encouraged all VET educators to be that person to make a difference in their students’ lives. Help them identify their passion and guide them.

Feedback from the day was excellent. Angela Cascarino, VET Coordinator and Entertainment Teacher at John Therry Catholic High School said “I believe we teach VET well, but do we align it to future careers? It’s been great to see all the diversity and pathway options and to network with like-minded people. We don’t get to do this enough in schools. It’s been great.”

MWLP’s CEO, Dr David M Williams AM said “VET in Schools generates trainees and apprentices for industry – ‘the Tradies are coming’ thanks to our outstanding VET teachers and trainers across all education sectors”.

Now in its second year the forum was hosted by the Australian College of Educators (ACE Hills Parramatta), the Teachers’ Guild of NSW and MWLP Linking Youth.

VET in School Forum Convenors

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email

12 July 2018