What is VETDSS?
VETDSS stands for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students. At SM 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.
The courses in the VET Delivered to Secondary Students have been specifically chosen to provide you with clear career pathways after high school. Please see our 2023 offerings in the 2023 VETDSS Course Guide.
For further information on our Education Support Courses (Skill Sets) read the VETDSS Course Guide (pg 55 - 60).
Important COVID-19 update
Some courses includes work placement or live works in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry according to the State Government mandatory vaccination policy, you will need to be vaccinated according to the Group 1 or Group 2 dates, or you may not be able to successfully complete the course. For more information visit the COVID-19 updates page.
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 VETDSS 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 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.
Explore our South Metropolitan Pathways Guide to see where a VETDSS course can take you.