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VET for Secondary Schools

Begin your studies while still in high school

What is VET for Secondary Schools (VSS)?

VSS provides an opportunity for high school students to begin obtaining skills while still at school. Vocational Education and Training (VET) is specific industry-based training delivered from national training packages. It's a combination of practical and theory-based learning and is traditionally undertaken by apprentices and adult learners.

Charles Darwin University offers several VSS programs in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and some rural locations to school students in years 9 – 12. Special entry requirements must be met for students under 15 years.

View Children on the University Premises policy.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students studying nationally recognised training in Australia are required to have a Unique Student Identifier. A USI is an account (or reference number) made up of numbers and letters and will allow VSS students online access to their training records and results. VSS students wishing to study through CDU can obtain a USI number by visiting

Choosing your VSS program

Students should consult with their school's VET Coordinator or Career Practitioner prior to choosing a VSS program. Students should discuss VSS options with their parents or guardians before completing an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The student, parent/guardian and school must all sign the EOI form before sending it to CDU for consideration. Completed forms should be sent to the following staff:

Top End/Darwin secondary teachers/careers advisors can contact:
Trisha Kohlweg (located at Casuarina campus, Orange 12.3)
Secondary School Liaison 
T: 08 8946 6387

For further information on VSS or School Based Apprenticeships, high school students can contact their School's VET or Careers Coordinator. Schools may contact the Senior VET Adviser Secondary School Relations and Profile Management by sending an email.  

VSS Information Days

CDU VET in Schools information sessions are an opportunity for school staff, students and parents to learn more about the VSS programs on offer at CDU. Information sessions are run by lecturers who will be able to provide an insight into their industry.

For more information visit VSS Information Day.