This publication presents information on VET in Schools, the vocational education and training (VET) undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary certificate of education. The VET in Schools arrangement offers two main options: students can undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships; or they can take VET subjects and courses as part of their school curriculum (the latter is referred to as ‘other VET in Schools programs’).


In 2016, there were:

  • 243 300 VET in Schools students
  • 17 200 school-based apprentices and trainees, representing 7.1% of all VET in Schools students
  • 226 100 other VET in Schools students, representing 92.9% of all VET in Schools students.

In 2016, compared with 2015:

  • the overall number of VET in Schools students decreased by 5.4%
  • school-based apprentices and trainees decreased by 14.4%
  • other VET in Schools students decreased by 4.6%.
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