VETSS programs (previously known as Vet in Schools or VETiS) are approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). We accept applications from students aged 15-19 wanting to undertake VET as part of their senior secondary school certificates (VCE or VCAL), attending one day per week. Most courses provide full completion of a certificate whereas some may only provide a partial completion. Some courses are only a one-year duration and some also contribute towards a student’s ATAR.

Benefits of VETSS


Upon successful completion of VETSS, students will achieve recognition within the Units 1 to 4 structure of Year 11 and 12 which may contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE. Selected programs offer scored assessments for Units 3 and 4. Further information is available from the secondary school. Students that complete VETSS will also meet the requirements of the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand of VCAL.

Pathways to future training

Swinburne offers both Vocational Education and Higher Education qualifications, making it easy to pathway from vocational into a university degree and receive the maximum credit for your previous studies. Through VETSS, you will have the opportunity to progress from trade school to a range of certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas or bachelor degrees.
At Swinburne, we work closely with our secondary school partners to ensure a supportive environment for you if you choose to undertake vocational training and courses in your VCE or VCAL.

When and where do I apply?

If you're looking to participate in a Swinburne VETSS course, you should complete the normal course selection process with your school. Upon completion of your selection, the school will forward an application to Swinburne. We will then contact you confirming that a place is available and inform you on the date and process for orientation and enrolment.


To be eligible for VETSS, students must be:

  • at least 15 years of age
  • currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

Key dates


  • First round applications open Monday 19 August 2019
  • First round applications close Sunday 13 October 2019
  • Schools notified Monday 21 October 2019
  • Late applications open Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Late applications close Tuesday 4 February 2019

Orientation and enrolment (Croydon and Wantirna campus)

  • New first year student orientation Wednesday 20 November 2019 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • New first year student enrolment Wednesday 20 November 2019 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Course commences Wednesday 5 February 2019
  • KIOSC trade training centre

    Our Wantirna campus is home to the $10 million Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC).
    Many of our VETSS programs are delivered in the KIOSC which is a state-of-the-art facility providing hands-on learning experiences for secondary school students. Other programs available in the KIOSC provide links with industry groups, government agencies and the local community.

Contact the VETSS team

Contact the Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Students team by calling 1300 275 794 or email

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