Vocational Major VET Options


If you know an employer who is prepared to take you on as a School Based Apprenticeship in any industry that employs apprentices, contact the Pathways office


Head Start is a Department Education program that supports students in years 10-12 to participate in a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) program to develop skills, capabilities and confidence that employers in growth industries need.

SBAT students receive paid on-the-job training that contributes to their VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VCE Further Pathway and leads to a qualification.

Dromana College has a dedicated HeadStart coordinator who visits the college each Thursday from 1pm to assist students in:

  • Finding a possible employer looking for a first year apprentice
  • Signing up a student who already has an employer looking for a first year apprentice
  • Walks alongside the student as they complete their formal secondary schooling (years 10, 11 or 12) while navigating and completing an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship


Certificate III in Allied Health Traineeship provides students with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects in the Health industry. These qualifications cover workers who provide assistance to allied health professionals and other health professionals with the care of clients.

Traineeship is held at Village Glen, Mornington

The Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance is a one year VET program that supports students to:

  • Follow treatment plans of patients
  • Work under the direction of a health professional
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment Core Units of Competency covered include:
  • Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Assist with movement
  • Maintain high standard of service
  • Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

The program is only available to VCAL students and enables them to complete the certificate through one day of training and one day of work placement. Essentially this means that VCAL students have a full five days per week program. Three of those days will be VCAL classes, one day to undertake VET Allied Health Assistance coursework and one day to undertake work placement, which is organised for students as part of the course. In 2020 the coursework component took place at Somerville Secondary College.

Students are paid for their work placement through government subsidies at a rate of $10.63 per hour (Year 11) and $11.72 per hour (Year 12), for up to 7 hours per week. Whist students may elect to undertake this course, final admission is subject to completion of a formal interview process to assess suitability.

You must attend a compulsory information session to enrol in this Australian Government Traineeship – date to be advised.

This certificate aims to provide career pathways into: nursing, occupational therapy assistant, disability support worker, medical assistant

Traineeship REECE Plumbing

This REECE plumbing traineeship is an exciting opportunity for students looking to undertake a School Based Traineeship where students work towards a Certificate II Supply Chain Operations (this is NOT a plumbing apprenticeship).

  • Traineeship is 24mnths
  • All training is done on the job
  • Trainees are required to work at a Reece Plumbing store two days a week PLUS Saturday mornings – paid.
  • Additional hours during school holidays are available
  • Trainees are paid above traineeship wages
  • There is a possibility the traineeship could lead to full time employment at the completion of the certificate.
  • Students in Year 10 can apply all year round and Year 11 students can apply from January to May (not available to Year 12 due to the short academic year)

Key responsibilities

  • Embracing Reece values, policies and proceddures
  • Customer service with strong retail focus
  • General retail duties that includes stock management, building product knowledge, processing sales, answering the phone
  • Communicating with customers and staff
  • Contributing to maintaining the branch at a high standard
  • Completing all requirements of the certificate eg: workbooks and on the job training and assessments

Successful applicants must have the following:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Enthusiasm and a great attitude
  • Willingness to give new things a go
  • Team player skills
  • Well presented

See pathways office if you would like to undertake a Reece Traineeship

Two Certificates available: (choose one)

  • Certificate II Retail Sales – Reece Showroom
  • Certificate II Warehousing – Plumbers counter sales

VET Certificate II Sport and Recreation

The Certificate II Sport and Recreation is held at Dromana College on Wednesday’s periods 2 and 3

Students in SRO will learn how to assist with activity sessions, provide equipment for activities, participate in conditioning for sport, provide First Aid (will complete a First Aid course), respond to emergency situations, maintain sport, fitness and recreation industry knowledge, work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments.

This Certificate is divided in two sections:
Year 10 Unit 1
Year 11 Unit 2

Students will need to complete Units 3 and 4 at Chisholm Frankston

VETDSS (2023 list, 2024 subject to change)

ActingConstruction PathwaysHospitality
Active VolunteeringDanceInterior Design
AgricultureDesign Fundamentals GraphicsIT Cyber Security
Animal StudiesDesign Fundamentals PhotographyIT Games Design
Applied FashionDigital ArtsKitchen Operations
AutomotiveDrone PilotMusic Performance or Music Sound production
AquaticsEarly Childhood EducationParks and Gardens
Building and Construction CarpentryElectrotechnologyPlumbing
BusinessEquineScreen and Media
CISCO I.T. SecurityHair, Beauty and WellnessSport and Recreation
Community ServicesHealth Services AssistanceVisual Arts
Computer Assembly and RepairHorticulture

A full list of VET subjects are available in the Pathways office

PLEASE NOTE: Selecting VET at subject selection IS NOT an enrolment into the course.

Students will be notified late Term III regarding enrolment process for VETDSS in 2024. Students and parents will notified via Compass emails, Compass Bulletin, classroom discussions and whole school assemblies.

It is very IMPORTANT that you come to the Pathways office when you are requested, to start the enrolment process for VETDSS 2024.

VETDSS courses are very competitive and classes are filled on a first come, first placed basis, you will miss out on a place if you don’t complete the enrolment process.

Please note: Enrolment in a VETDSS is NOT guaranteed, even if you do enrol in time.