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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office (Registered Training Organisation 90477) is very proud to be able to offer students in secondary schools, the opportunity to study a range of Vocational Education and Training courses.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a recognised option for students to gain technical knowledge and workplace skills to assist their transition to the world of work. This assists students to determine, at an early stage, if they are suited to and would like to follow particular career pathways.

Across the diocese, schools offer courses in:

  • Primary Industries
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Furniture Making
  • Hospitality
  • Information & Digital Technology
  • Metal & Engineering
  • Retail Services
  • Sports Coaching

# Please note, not all courses are offered at each school. To find out the exact courses offered at each school, contact the school and ask for the VET Coordinator or Assistant Principal Curriculum.

All courses are dual accredited for the HSC as well as allowing students to continue their Nationally Recognised Training Qualification with TAFE, private providers or in some courses a credit towards their university entry. Most courses are at a Certificate II level, but some provide a Statement of Attainment towards a Certificate III.

All courses are delivered at industry standard, students can be confident that they will be delivered by highly trained teachers using equipment that is in line with current industry facilities.

In addition, students may also be supported to access externally delivered VET courses (through providers such as TAFE) if this curriculum choice suits their needs.

Students can access School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). Careers Advisers and VET Coordinators in our schools will assist in the development of Training Plans that set out the way in which on-the-job and off-the-job requirements will be managed. This process involves the student, parents/caregivers, the employer and the RTO.

All VET courses provide practical and hands-on approaches to learning that are enjoyed by many students. All students are required to do a minimum one week on-the-job work placement each year. This provides the opportunity to apply their skills in a real world setting and some students are employed in ongoing part-time employment.

Students and parents/caregivers are encouraged to discuss their VET questions with the Careers Adviser and VET Coordinator at their school.