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What is VETdSS?

VETdSS stands for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students. At South Metropolitan TAFE we offer courses across many industries to secondary students at our own campuses and at selected secondary school locations. Choosing a VET pathway means you can make school more interesting and relevant to you while kick starting your career with recognised qualifications. Graduate with your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and have the choice to continue in your TAFE studies, or decide to move into a higher education course.   

Pathways to successful careers

VETdSS pathways are the perfect introduction into the world of work. You will learn practical skills in year 11 and 12 while gaining an insight into the needs of the workplace. You will attend one of our VET classes one or two days a week and for the rest of the week participate in your normal school program where you will still benefit from the educational and social support provided by your school.

Success in your program can lead to immediate employability by graduating with a nationally accredited qualification, or you will have a head start in other nationally recognised qualifications. As you continue on your study pathway to higher level qualifications, your opportunities for further study will increase, leading you to be able to specialise in industry or continue to higher education and university studies.


2021 VETdSS Applications

We  offer a wide range of VETdSS programs in 2021 which provide pathways to employment, further training or university.  With almost 50 different courses to choose from across 12 campuses across the southern metropolitan area, there is sure to be a course for you.

2021 VETdSS Applications are now closed. Please note we will not be accepting late applications at this stage.  More information relating to late applications will be provided over the coming weeks, once we have had an opportunity to review current application numbers and available places. We anticipate outcomes of student selections to be provided to schools the week beginning 12 October 2020. For more information please contact your school VET Coordinator.

VETdSS courses are extremely competitive and it is recommended that as much evidence as possible is provided to support the application. These documents must be uploaded when applying through our online application system.

Applications for Education Support Courses remain open, please see below for further information.


Key Dates

Applications for 2021 courses open July 2020.

Applications for 2021 courses closes on 31 August 2020.

Offers for places in 2021 courses will be made to school VET Coordinators in October. TAFE does not make direct contact with parent/guardians or students when offering places. Please speak with your VET Coordinator if you'd like to follow up your application.

Fees and charges

Secondary school students undertaking VETdSS courses are exempt from tuition, resource and enrolment fees. However, your chosen course may require you to purchase a uniform, protective equipment, text books or trade equipment/tools. These items will be for you to keep and use after you have graduated and will be industry relevant equipment.


You will be responsible for ensuring that you attend all scheduled classes. Attendance will be recorded and any absences are reported to your school. The VET Coordinator at your school will be contacted to discuss the appropriateness of your continuing study if you repeatedly do not attend. You will be required to inform your lecturer in advance if you will be absent from any scheduled classes. Poor attendance may mean withdrawal from the course.

* Students are expected to attend TAFE classes on school pupil free days.

Dress code

You are not required to wear your school uniform to your VETdSS classes but you will be expected to dress appropriately. Where special or protective clothing and/or footwear is required, it must be worn without exception as this is not only preparing you to dress for the industry, but in the cases of workshops, is a safety requirement. If you forget to bring your protective clothing you will be excluded from the campus workshops/classes and your school informed.

Want to leave school to study at TAFE?

If you're looking for courses to help you to continue studying, or would like to bolster your English or numeracy skills for work, visit our Foundation Skills, Access and English page to see a list of courses that may help you bridge the gap between school and work or post-school education.

See our Pathways look book below to see where a VETdSS course can take you.
(Zoom in to explore further and click to course page on our website. Then share with your VET coordinator or with family and friends.)

Page last updated September 14, 2020