High school virtual VET courses focused on future skills

Wednesday, 24 February, 2021

High school virtual VET courses focused on future skills

Twenty new virtual Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses will be made available to every NSW government high school by 2022.

As part of a review of the curriculum, the NSW Government is providing the opportunity for credit towards qualification in high-demand areas including engineering and robotics. The new virtual courses are the first stage in delivering on that commitment.

In addition to existing face-to-face VET, Year 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to study teacher-led, digitally enabled, virtual TAFE NSW courses that will give them in-demand skills for the workplace. These courses will form part of their HSC and contribute to their ATAR.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new courses are part of the NSW Government’s Curriculum Reform. “We want to ensure NSW students receive world-class skills training to prepare them for the jobs of the future,” she said.

“These courses will help students build skills across emerging industries such as advanced manufacturing, technology and engineering.”

The virtual VET courses, specifically designed for high school students with digitally enabled and interactive lessons, cover a range of future-focused industry sectors including cybersecurity, big data, accounting, gaming, and community and health services.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the NSW Government is committed to meeting skill shortages and enhancing access to exciting industries.

“These new virtual courses are a win-win for students. Not only does it make them instantly employable, they also have the choice to pursue further education in fields with plenty of career opportunities,” Lee said.

“Demand for jobs like cybersecurity specialists is huge and growing, and these courses are designed to help meet that need. From 2022, a student interested in cybersecurity will have access to this new online course to get started in the fast-growing tech sector.”

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said developing these online courses was also about making VET more available in regional NSW.

“These are exciting areas for young people to be studying and puts them in the best place to find a job in dynamic industries. Students with a keen interest in future-focused courses will be able to link up with others, no matter where they go to school across NSW,” she said.

Students will graduate with a nationally recognised VET qualification that forms part of their HSC and contributes to an ATAR.

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