School students still choosing VET

Media release

14 August 2018

The number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) programs as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education has decreased slightly to 242 100 in 2017, according to new data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report VET in Schools 2017 also shows that Certificate II programs continued to be the most popular qualification level, with 55.7% of VET in Schools students undertaking programs at this level in 2017.

Tourism, travel and hospitality was again the most popular training package with 15.0% of all VET in Schools students undertaking programs in this training package in 2017, while sport, fitness and recreation retains second spot with 12.3%.

The number of school-based apprentices and trainees increased in 2017, up 16.1% to 20 000 when compared with 2016.

Australian vocational education and training statistics: VET in Schools 2017 is now available from:

To learn more about the VET in Schools collection visit Further year-on-year and state and territory comparisons are available from the VET in Schools data slicer, which is also available on this page.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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