VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS)
Study a nationally recognised TAFE qualification as part of your VCE or VCAL
What is VETDSS?
If you're a high school student looking to get a head-start in your future career, the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program is for you. VETDSS allows high school students to study a nationally recognised TAFE qualification as part of their secondary schooling.
How does VETDSS work?
VETDSS qualifications can be completed alongside your Year 10, VCAL, or VCE studies, and give you the opportunity to explore and gain new skills in the industries and career pathways that interest you.
As a VETDSS student, you'll attend classes at GOTAFE one day per week, at either our Shepparton, Wangaratta, Seymour, Benalla or Online campuses. You'll combine VETDSS study with your normal VCE or VCAL classes, and your VETDSS course may even contribute towards your ATAR.
How do I enrol?
If you're a high school student, you can nominate a VET course as part of your normal course selection process with your school. Your school will then forward this information to us, and we'll contact you to arrange an information session.
If you're studying a VCAL course at GOTAFE, your VCAL coordinator can help you choose and apply for a VET course. Once we've received your expression of interest, the VET team will contact you to attend an information session.
If you're aged 15-19 and not receiving education in a school setting, you can still enrol in a VETDSS program, and combine one day a week of VET training with a program offered by your education provider. Speak to your education provider, and get in touch with our VET team to understand your options.
You'll need to complete an induction before starting your course. This is to ensure you're aware of your rights and responsibilities as a GOTAFE VETDSS student, and understand how the TAFE environment works.
If you need to withdraw from your VET course, you will need to do so through your high school. It is the school's responsibility to let us know about your withdrawal.
If you withdraw after the 4 week census period, you will still be charged the full fees for your course.
If you're absent for six or more consecutive weeks without explanation, or fall below 50% attendance, you may be withdrawn from the program.
Where will I be studying?
VETDSS courses are available at a number of locations across our Shepparton, Wangaratta, Seymour, Benalla and Online campuses.
Specialised courses may be co-delivered at our partner institutions in these locations, such as GV Health in Shepparton, or Northeast Health in Wangaratta.
How much does it cost?
If you're in high school, we will charge your VETDSS program fees directly to your school. Your school may ask you to pay all or part of these fees up-front to secure your place in the VET program.
Most government schools will only pass on the material charges to their VET students. Private, Independent and Catholic schools often determine their own fee structure so we encourage you to contact your school to identify what their payment expectations are.
If you're studying a VCAL course at GOTAFE, your VET fees will be charged alongside your regular tuition fees. Fees are determined individually based on eligibility and are dependent on government funding.