Pre-apprenticeship and pre-vocational courses
You can get a taste of what an apprenticeship would be like by doing pre-apprenticeship or pre-vocational courses.
These courses let you try out a career and gain some valuable experience before diving into an apprenticeship.
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12? You can start an apprenticeship, gaining real-world experience and working towards a nationally-recognised qualification while you’re still at school.
Starting a school-based apprenticeship is similar to a normal apprenticeship, but you must make sure your school is involved every step of the way. If you're interested, speak to your school's VET Coordinator.
Whether you complete a qualification or a handful of units, your VET study can count towards your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
If you have a career path you'd like to follow or try out, undertaking VET while you're still at school may suit.
You can check the SACE VET Register to see how many SACE credits you can get for the course you're interested in.
If you want to start a course at school that will take a bit longer to complete - like a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation - you may be able to start now and continue once you've left school.
Speak to your school's VET Coordinator about securing a place in a course that you'll be able to continue (with subsidised course fees) once you've left school.