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What a VET pathway looks like

Creating your pathway

A pathway shows the steps you plan to take to achieve your career goals.

Pathways are flexible – not fixed. If your goals or job opportunities change, your pathway can change too.

Sometimes a course from one institution will provide credit towards a course from another institution, so you do not repeat the same units. This can be between VET courses and in some cases between a higher level VET qualification and a bachelor degree.

Designing your learning program

A VCE VET program can often complement a VCE study. For example, Certificate III in Screen and Media can complement VCE Media.

Flexible pathway
A diagram showing how Marlee creating a flexible pathway 
Marlee included Certificate II in Hospitality in her VCE.
Marlee gained employment working in the kitchen at an aged care facility. Marlee liked the interaction with the residents and decided to do a Certificate III in Individual Support.
When Marlee received her qualification she was employed as an aged care worker.
Marlee went on to undertake a Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Marlee is now a manager at an aged care facility.
Directional pathway
A diagram showing how Chaun creating a directional pathway 
Chaun included Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance in his VCE.
Chaun gained employment as a nursing support worker in disability care. He was able to provide financial support for his family while he undertook a Diploma of Nursing.
When Chaun received his qualification he was employed as an enrolled nurse. He was also accepted into university to commence a Bachelor of Nursing.
Chaun graduated and was employed as a graduate registered nurse.
A diagram showing how Emily creating a directional pathway 
Emily included Certificate II in Building and Construction in Year 10, 11 and 12.
In Year 12, Emily commenced a Certificate III in Carpentry School Based Apprenticeship in her VCE VM.
After secondary school, Emily continued her apprenticeship full-time.
Emily worked as a qualified carpenter while undertaking a Diploma of Building and Construction.
Emily became a Registered Domestic Builder (Unlimited).


When can I start VET?

You can start your VET program whenever your school thinks you are ready. Most students start in Year 10 or 11.


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