Many large retailers offer their own in-house training programs instead of, or in addition to, nationally accredited training in order to provide employees with the skills and knowledge required to successfully undertake their work. Specific training may be provided when you join the company, or you may have to demonstrate certain abilities and aptitude before being offered training opportunities.
The nationally accredited retail qualifications are delivered through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
VET is vocational education and training provided by publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes, private colleges and training organisations and aims to provide people with the skills and knowledge they need to:
- Enter the workforce
- Re-enter the workforce after an absence
- Train for a new job
- Upgrade their skills
- Move into further study.
VET is provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that are approved by the government to teach accredited courses and issue nationally recognised qualifications. Formal training to gain VET qualifications provides:
- structured training leading to a qualification
- performance and skills assessment against competency levels
- on-the-job and/or off-the-job training.
On-the-job training occurs in the workplace as part of your work. An assessor will visit you regularly to check off the specific competency levels you have achieved for your training qualification. This is also called 'Structured Workplace Learning' in school-based VET courses.
Off-the-job training occurs away from the workplace and sometimes out of working hours. It may take place at a TAFE institute, a school or a private training centre. You can study on-campus by attending classes, or externally via online or distance learning at home. Assessment occurs through tests, completed projects and research at the learning institution.
VET in Schools
'VET in Schools' refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools through courses undertaken as part of a senior secondary certificate. VET in Schools courses allow you to earn credit towards a recognised VET qualification, while you complete the general education curriculum for your SA Certificate of Education (SACE).
This gives you the opportunity to combine general and vocational studies and to gain practical industry experience, which will help you get a job or undertake further education or training.