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Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

ACCCO has been successfully partnering and delivering VET with schools since 2001.

ACCCO is dedicated to advancing career opportunities and pathways for secondary students and believes that amazing things happen when schools and early learning services work together. ACCCO has been successfully partnering and delivering VET with schools since 2001. Through our vast networks we bring students and industry in close contact. We do this in a number of ways including School-based Traineeships and through our VET in Schools program.

About Vocational Education and Training in schools

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a learning pathway which enables Year 11 and 12 high school students to gain a nationally recognised qualification while at school. VET provides students with the opportunity to engage in education and training as part of their Senior Certificate of Education which may lead to employment and/or further study.

ACCCO's Vocational programs provide students with practical and real-world experiences to work within the Early Education and Care Sector and provides students with the opportunity to gain:

  • practical hands-on training
  • valuable skills for greater employability
  • credits towards Senior Certificate of Education
  • real industry skills and qualifications while completing high school
  • a competitive edge in the employment marketplace
  • credit towards further study

What can I study with ACCCO?

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 

Through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and often the qualification studied for those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Assistant Educator in long day care
  • Assistant Educator in child care centres
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Assistant Educator in occasional care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny or babysitter
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.

CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support                                                                                     

The Certificate III in Education Support is an ideal qualification for people seeking employment in education roles which provides assistance and support to qualified Educators and Teachers. It is a versatile qualification leading the graduate to work in a range of diverse education environments including schools, kindergartens, preschools, early childhood, school age care or other education environment in entry level positions. It is the ideal qualification for any prospective student who want to keep their options open for the type of education environment they'd like to work in the future.

The Certificate III in Education Support provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Teacher Aide in schools, preschools/kindergartens
  • Education Support staff
  • Education Assistant (special needs, language/literacy, cultural support)
  • Early Childhood Assistant Educator (long day care, family day care)
  • School Age Care Assistant Educator (vacation care, OSHC, Kindergarten)
  • Home tutor

    Structured workplace learning

    Students can undertake VET as part of their school studies, delivered by a qualified school teacher / Trainer Assessor in partnership with ACCCO.

    During the qualification, students learn the theory component in class with a qualified teacher, as well as attend an ACECQA approved service to receive practical training and experience. Students are required to complete a MINIMUM of 120 hours of mentored work placement in the 0-2 age group during this program. Vocational placement hours are in addition to theory class attendance. A current working with children check is required for work placement when you are 18 years of age.


    To participate in the VET program students must:

    • have a sound achievement result in Year 10 Maths and English subjects or equivalent prior to enrolling in the program
    • complete a language and literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Indicator
    • be in year 11 or 12
    • identify the VET program as part of their school curriculum
    • remain enrolled in and attend school throughout the duration of the program

    Cost to the participant

    ACCCO provides all the training resources for this program and a partnership agreement is formed between ACCCO and the school. ACCCO will charge the student for the enrolment application and training product as per the nominated fee schedules as outlined below; 

    Qualification Name
    Course Code
    Number of Units
    Total Cost
    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    Certificate III in Education Support CHC30213 17 $600

    *Please note:

    Fees can be paid over two years ($300 per year). HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting is not included in the total cost indicated above.

    School requirements

    For the school to deliver this program the teacher is required to have the following;

    • Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE)
    • Hold a minimum qualification of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent (not required for Education Support qualification) 
    • Current industry experience

    School benefits include

    • Integrate VET qualifications into the existing curriculum
    • Expand opportunities and pathways for students by offering new study lines
    • Improve educational outcomes for students and your school
    • Assist students to prepare for their chosen career and life outside of school
    • Cater for different learning styles
    • Increase student engagement and completion of senior certificate

    Why choose ACCCO for education and training?

    With over 22 years’ experience, ACCCO has established strong relationships with schools and maintains close links to industry enabling us to deliver in-demand skills and up-to-date and relevant training. ACCCO is consistently receiving positive feedback from School VET Teachers. The recurrent feedback from teachers were enjoying includes not having to develop all the learning and assessment materials and being able to access current resources including sustainability, National Quality Framework, Early Years Learning Framework and Work Health and Safety.

    The most positive feedback is out in the field with Early Childhood Services noticing an improvement in the quality of training by the Schools who have moved over to ACCCO. 

    • Well-established industry recommended training college specialising in Early Education and Care
    • ACCCO is on the approved list of providers for each state and territory
    • All training materials and resources are provided by ACCCO 
    • Professional development opportunities for teachers
    • Nationally recognised qualifications 
    • A dedicated ACCCO Trainer Assessor for mentoring and support
    • All reporting to the Government is done by ACCCO
    • In-service training day for the school VET teacher
    • Onsite support visits from ACCCO

    Industry sought graduates!

    The 2017 National Centre for Vocational Education (NCVER) Student Outcomes Survey statistics show that ACCCO students have higher employment outcomes than all other training providers across Australia! ACCCO graduates sit at 84.9% employment rate which is considerably higher than the national average of 77.7% from all other Australian VET providers. For a copy of the report 2017-Student-Outcomes-Survey-RTO-Australian-Child-Care-Career-Options

    How to apply

    All school based VET programs involve a partnership between the School and ACCCO. Talk to your guidance officer, career counsellor, vocational education coordinator or head of senior schooling about forming a partnership with ACCCO and the programs available to you at your school.

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    If you would like to partner with ACCCO or discuss your individual learning needs, please contact our National Vet Coordinator

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