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The benefits of Vocational Education and Training

by Chloe Baird
Posted: February 11, 2021

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Vocational Education and Training, commonly shortened to VET, is all about teaching job-ready skills. When most people think about VET courses, they think about hands-on, practical skills like construction, animal care, beauty therapy, aged care support or any number of other trades. But VET courses can also provide you with skills and knowledge related to areas like human resources, accounting, marketing and business leadership. 

The primary function of a VET course is to prepare you to hit the ground running. As Senator Michaela Cash, the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, has said before, ‘University is for learning, VET is for earning.’ 

Whether you’re looking to enter the workforce for the first time or after a long break, looking to upskill and get a promotion, or if you want to switch careers entirely, the purpose of VET is to give you the best possible head-start when it comes to your career.  

benefits of VET

Top 6 reasons why you should study a VET qualification  

1. VET students typically earn more than uni students after graduation 

A recent report from Skilling Australia found that the median full-time income for VET graduates was $56,000; whereas the median graduate salary for students completing a Bachelor’s degree was $54,000.  

2. You could earn a high-paying salary 

The earning potential of VET graduates can continue to increase as their career progresses. In Australia, there are plenty of well-paying jobs out there that don’t require a university degree. For example, have you ever considered a career in the technology industry? As a Cybersecurity Specialist, you could earn $1,932 per week. Or how about a career in the construction industry? As a Construction Manager, you could earn $3,450 per week

3. VET qualifications are more affordable than university degrees  

Generally speaking, a VET qualification is much more affordable than a uni degree and they take less time to complete. Most VET courses take between 6–24 months to complete, while a bachelor’s degree can take 3–4 years.  

4. VET qualifications allow you to quickly pivot and adapt to change 

Because VET courses don’t take as much time to complete as university degrees, it means you can gain the skills and knowledge to aim for a promotion or switch careers in a relatively short amount of time. There are some concerns that because technology moves so quickly, certain jobs could become obsolete much sooner than expected. However, a VET course could be what you need to get started in a new, reliable, sustainable role. 

5. Employers recognise the value of VET qualifications 

Many employers across Australia recognise the value of VET qualifications obtained through registered training organisations (RTOs) such as Open Colleges. RTOs must adhere to strict guidelines laid out by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Obtaining an accredited certificate or diploma through an RTO demonstrates to an employer that you’ve studied a nationally recognised course and have the skills and knowledge to get the job done. 

6. VET qualifications are important for the Australian economy.

According to ASQA, ‘VET is a significant contributor to Australia’s domestic economy, as the primary mechanism used to meet the skilling needs of the Australian community.’ 

VET courses teach job-ready, practical skills. They can be completed quicker than university degrees. And not only do they cost less than a uni degree, but there are also government subsidies for some courses. The more people who study VET courses, the more people we have qualified and ready to work. From an economic point of view, studying a VET course is one way to strengthen the Australian workforce and sustain our economy.  

Further driving home this point, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to support Australian businesses by investing $1.2 billion towards apprenticeship incentives in October 2020. During a press conference, the PM said, ‘During [the Covid-19 pandemic] the Federal Government has been focused on supporting and creating jobs as well as identifying the skills we need in the economic rebuild.’ 

VET career outcome

8 in-demand jobs in Australia you can pursue with a VET qualification 

It’s important to note that not all jobs will require you to have a qualification. However, obtaining a VET qualification comes with its own rewards. For example, during your course you’ll learn invaluable skills and knowledge that will prepare you for the workforce; you may have the opportunity to experience work placement; and an accredited qualification will help make your resume stand out when you begin applying for jobs.   

1. Enrolled Nurse 

To become an Enrolled Nurse you need to obtain the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. Nurses across all areas of the healthcare industry are in high demand right now. The Diploma of Nursing can also act as a pathway to university if you’re considering pursuing further study. 

2. Aged Care Support Worker 

This is a rapidly expanding sector with high demand. While most employers won’t require you to hold a qualification, a VET certificate is often preferred. 

3. Childcare Worker 

To become a Childcare Worker, the minimum qualification you need is the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

4. Disability Support Worker 

By studying the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability you’re equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to launch a successful career in this sector. 

5. Dental Assistant 

To help you get your foot in the door of the dental industry, you can study the HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting. 

6. Mental Health Worker 

By studying a VET course in mental health, you could join an important sector of the healthcare industry assisting and supporting people living with mental illness, addiction issues or other social problems. 

7. Construction Worker 

It’s common for on-the-job training to take place, but studying the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) will ensure you’ve already got the foundational skills and knowledge that will come in handy on-site.  

 8. Social Media Marketer 

There is growing demand for experienced social media experts in the corporate world, and the 10118NAT Diploma of Social Media Marketing could help you find a job in this growing sector.  

You can read more about in-demand jobs in our blog, “What are the most sought-after jobs in Australia?” 

VET qualifications give you choice and opportunity 

OC are experts in delivering high quality online VET courses. Our qualifications are designed to meet industry demand and are developed in consultation with vocational experts. They’re also accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which means they’re recognised right across Australia. So, whether you’re looking for work in Brisbane or out the back of Bourke, your qualifications will be recognised.  

We have a huge range of different qualifications across different areas, including healthcare, childhood education, business and more. You can even start a 7 day free course trial and find out for yourself what it’s like to study an online course with us.  

Check out our range of online courses today and discover how OC can help you reach your potential.  


Chloe Baird

Chloe is an Open Colleges alumnus who now works full time for OC as a Content and Copywriting Specialist. She is passionate about encouraging others to pursue their goals through education.

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