Skip to main content

Schools engagement

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 and school 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:

NT VET for Secondary Schools Program Coordinator
Trisha Kohlweg (located at Casuarina campus)
T: 08 8946 6387
M: 0437 528 384

For further information on VSS or School Based Apprenticeships, high school students can contact their School's VET or Careers Coordinator.