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Are you unsure of the differences between VCE, VCAL & VETDSS? Or, the possible pathways they might lead to?
Do you want to combine workplace-based training with your current school studies to kick-start your career?
Interested in gaining a TAFE qualification as a stepping-stone towards a university degree?
Or, are you thinking about an early transition from school and need some guidance?


GOTAFE’s Youth Engagement Team are here to help!

Who Are We?

The Youth Engagement Team are experienced pathways advisors who work closely with young people both in and out of education to provide information and assistance with vocational planning, career mentoring, transition guidance and post-secondary school options.

By considering your interests and experience, the Youth Engagement Team provide recommendations on what study or training options you can consider to reach your individual career goals.

We have it all on a one pager flyer if you would like to download it.

Chat to us about your options

In keeping with the ever-changing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Youth Engagement Team are adapting our approach to our current services. We may have hit pause on drop-in appointments at GOTAFE and visits to our local schools, but that doesn't mean we can't catch up ‘face-to-face’. At this time, we available via Zoom, email and phone.

For more information about TAFE Pathways, please get in touch with GOTAFE’s Youth Engagement Team team to discuss your study options.

Fill in a few details online and we will be in touch, or give us a call (03) 5723 6329 and leave your details in a voicemail.

Youth Pathway Courses

The journey to reaching your career goals can be challenging and overwhelming at times. You might feel like you are being pulled in several directions at once or like you have no direction at all.

GOTAFE offer a range of courses targeted at students aged between 15-19 years to help you realise your potential and set you on the path to success. Best of all, you don’t need an ATAR to kick-start your training at TAFE.

Looking for an alternative to VCE?

Looking for an alternative to VCE?

VCAL is a hands-on, practical alternative qualification to VCE (Year 11 and 12). As a VCAL student, you'll take courses in the industries and subjects that interest you, while strengthening your literacy and numeracy skills to help you succeed in the workforce.

In high school but want to kickstart your career?

In high school but want to kickstart your career?

If you are 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.

Can't wait to join the workforce?

Can't wait to join the workforce?

If you can't wait to get into the workforce, then a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship may be right for you.

Or, if you aren't ready to have an employer, a Pre-Apprenticeship might be the right option for you.

Pathways to University

What a lot of people don’t realise is that you can achieve your dream career without an ATAR, and many TAFE courses can act as a stepping stone towards a university degree.

Starting your post-school studies at GOTAFE can make the transition a little less daunting, and you get to work, learn and live locally whilst you start the process of engaging with Higher Education.

GOTAFE is both proud and fortunate to have partnerships with Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University to provide established pathways from a GOTAFE qualification to a University Degree.

See how GOTAFE can be part of your journey to University