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How does a vocational qualification prepare you for work?

If you’re wondering whether or not to get a vocational qualification, you’re not alone. Many people are undecided about whether or not a vocational qualification is a right step for them.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses provide students with the practical and technical skills needed in the workplace. At the end of a program or course, students receive a certification, diploma or advanced diploma.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the benefits of vocational qualifications and how they can help prepare you for work. Keep reading to find out more!

Practical Hands-On Learning


VET courses provide students with hands-on learning experiences to develop skills and knowledge required to complete tasks within a workplace. For instance, if you’re studying commercial cookery, you will be learning the skills and knowledge required to cook, including practising your new cooking skills and trying new techniques. The best part about this is you get constant guidance and support from industry trained Chefs who will teach you everything you need to know and do to be successful in a commercial kitchen in the industry. At the end of your course you will be able to demonstrate the specific competencies to show you have mastered the skills employers are looking for.

Career Pathways: Life-Long Learning


Whether you are looking to start a new career, change career paths or move up in your chosen career you can find a VET qualification that can assist you on your career journey. VET qualifications range from entry-level qualifications to senior roles with qualifications from Certificate I to Graduate Diploma.

Think about it this way: if you’re not sure whether a field of study is the right choice for your interests or career goals, sampling shorter VET qualifications will allow valuable insight into how much commitment needs to be put into studying longer degrees. Besides, if you complete your VET course, it opens new doors for higher education. Speak with one of our course advisors about VET and Higher Education pathways.

Industry Ready Skills


Without any doubt, VET provides a way to develop the essential skills necessary for you to be work-ready. Students spend the length of their studies gaining skills and experience through an integrated learning approach of fewer classroom studies and more industry work placements/workshops. Hence, they develop work-ready unique skills and expertise most practical for the workforce. After all, employers prefer candidates with more work experience and competent enough to execute practical tasks precisely.

Higher Graduate Starting Salaries


The report by the Skilling Australia Foundation has noted that VET graduates are earning wages comparable to, if not exceeding, those of university degree holders. According to recent government surveys, the median full-time income for a graduate in this field is increasing, showing how successful these programs can be regarding employment opportunities and earning potential.

Better Job Opportunities


Most employers view job applicants who have vocational training as an asset. Many studies show that employers prefer to hire people who already have the required skills and experience acquired explicitly through Vocational training. Therefore, a VET certificate or diploma from a professional college significantly improves your job opportunities. A report by McCrindle Research and Skilling Australia Foundation discovered that students with VET certificates and diplomas had the highest chance of finding employment soon after graduation.


So if you’re still undecided about what to study after high school, or want to change your career path, consider vocational education. With Stanley College, you can find a VET course that will suit your needs and help you get one step closer to the career of your dreams.

We have a wide range of courses available in different fields, so take a look at our website and see how we can help you start down the right path.

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