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Careers Counselling

Career counselling involves assisting students to identify and access information, resources and people to talk to about getting to where they want to be in terms of a career pathway.

Students are also given specific information relating to vocational education and training (VET); university pathways; employment opportunities; apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities and career development experiences.

Students receive many job and career related publications in Year 10 which guide them through the process of career development; along with the study of the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and their work experience program.

We also refer students to various external agency advisors at TAFE and the various Universities for specific information about study/training courses.

Career Counselling support available from:

Alanah Cathro: Vocational Education & Training Coordinator

Karen Pearce: Senior School Wellbeing Leader

Victoria Corbett: Middle School Wellbeing Leader

:Information about career planning and education, and training options for Australian jobs.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools provides opportunities for students in Years 10-12 to develop an understanding of the workforce, undertake training in specific industry skills and gain credit towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma while undertaking the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Undertaking a VET course while still at school can:

  • Provide you with a head start in your chosen career
  • Make your senior school studies more relevant and interesting
  • Enable you to work towards completing your SACE as well as gaining a training qualification
  • Enable you to combine your school studies with part-time or casual employment
  • Provide opportunities to learn “on the job” while undertaking work placement
  • It may also improve admission scores for students planning further study with a University or other training provider.


Ƶ is a member of the Southern Adelaide and Fleurieu Secondary Schools Alliance (SAFSSA). Please download the SAFSSA brochure below to see our current courses.

The following links include information for parents and students about funded VET courses at TAFE SA and information on what and how School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships work:

Before You Start a VET Course

What to do if you are thinking of applying for a VET course


Research First

  1. WHY do you want to do the course?

  2. WHAT is the content of the course?

  3. WHERE is the course delivered?

  4. HOW much are the fees/cost?

  5. HOW does the course fit in with your SACE plan?

  6. WHAT is the pathway your course leads to?

Then…make an appointment via direqt message discuss your ideas with Mrs Cathro to find out more and to get the forms you need to complete. She is available any day after school 3-4pm, most days at various times and lunchtime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


VET Checklist

Before you start a VET course, you need to have the following:

  • Unique Student Identifier: 10 digit reference number that creates an online record of your training and qualifications attained in Australia. Go to with personal ID to get your number.

  • SACE ID: this is created by the SACE Board for each student. You can get this from school if you do not know it.

  • Application forms completed before the due date.

  • SACE plan completed

  • Commitment to Pay form completed

  • DHS Working with Children Check if doing Early Childhood or Individual Support


After you have applied for a VET course and before you start your course

  • You may need to attend an information or enrolment session

  • You may need to do a Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) test

  • You need to receive confirmation of being successful in gaining a place in your course – usually via email

  • You need to have ALL paperwork completed and handed into Mrs Cathro