Edward John Eyre High School (EJEHS) works in partnership with TAFE SA to deliver numerous Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications as part of its commitment to Vocational Education. Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to acquire skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course.

Undertaking VET may benefit students’ exploration of a variety of career pathways; it is not just reserved for a pathway within the trades (e.g. electrician, automotive, and construction). Students can complete VET qualifications in a diverse range of industries, including Business, Aged Care, Information technology (IT) or Sport and Recreation.

VET is designed to expand opportunities and pathways for senior secondary students, and improve educational outcomes in line with Edward John Eyre High School’s and the State Government’s objective to increase the number of students achieving their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Delivery Modes

All courses are provided through two main delivery models
1. Online and self-directed – students access the qualification on a regular weekly basis as they would for an Open Access SACE accredited subject
2. Week Blocks – Students access the qualification on set weeks (identified below) dependant on the duration of course.

In addition, students can have up to 3 contact points per week
1. Study Session – EJEHS students only
2. TAFE SA facilitated
3. EJEHS support teacher session – EJEHS students and external students
This structure provides an intensive face to face delivery model by TAFE SA lecturers whilst providing additional support outside of these block weeks by EJEHS staff.

Block Weeks

Below is a term-by-term lay out of all VET block weeks.
2019 intake students for Certificate II Automotive, Construction, Engineering and Electrotechnology, will undertake 10 weeks of training in 12 months. Additional block weeks for this certificate are called “ACEE additional block” below.
Also listed below are additional block weeks for certain certificates. Please read carefully as not all Certificates are required to be at all block weeks.

Term 1:
Week 2, Monday and Tuesday- ACEE Orientation
Week 2, Wednesday to Friday- ACEE additional block
Week 2, Thursday and Friday- Orientation Days
Week 2, Monday to Friday- Health Services additional block
Week 5, Monday to Friday- ACEE additional block
Week 9, Monday to Friday- VET Block 1

Term 2:
Week 5, Monday to Friday- VET Block 2
Week 10, Monday to Friday- ACEE additional block

Term 3:
Week 2, Monday and Tuesday- VET Block 3
Week 5, Monday to Friday- ACEE additional block
Week 9, Monday to Friday- VET Block 4

Term 4:
Week 2, Monday to Friday- ACEE additional block
Week 2, Monday to Friday- Salon Assistant additional block
Week 2, Monday to Friday- Health Service additional block
Week 2, Tuesday and Wednesday- Hospitality additional block
Week 5, Monday to Friday- ACEE additional block


The majority of VET courses have a cost associated for either TAFE SA, personal protective equipment, tools or travel. Please check the course descriptions at the back of the handbook for indicative course costs. EJEHS enrolled students will be required to cover the costs as identified in the course descriptors. Students and Parents/Caregiver will be required to sign a commitment to pay form as part of the subject selection process. Enrolment into their chosen program cannot occur until this form is completed. Payment plans with both TAFE SA and EJEHS can be negotiated.

Students who undertakes a VET course are required to complete a minimum of 35 hours of work placement in a relevant industry sector to their VET course. Some courses will require a higher amount of work placement which will be specified in the course descriptor, for example; Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires 120 hours of Work Placement which will be organised by TAFE SA. For all other work placement, you will be supported through the Trade School or your home school.

Completed Certificate III (or higher) will contribute to 1 subject in the calculation of an Australian Territory Admissions Ranking (ATAR)*
*must check the SACE website to ensure the Certificate III qualification will convert to stage 2 credit and contribute to an ATAR.

A detailed outline of available VET courses can be found in the 2019 Curriculum Guide, which can be found here.

For more information regarding VET at EJEHS, please call the EJEHS Career Hub on 08 8645 7677 ext. 3.

Certificates on offer at EJEHS

Certificate II Automotive Servicing Technology
Certificate II Construction Pathways
Certificate II Electrotechnology Career Start
Certificate II Engineering Pathways

Certificate II Salon Assistant
Certificate III Allied Health Assistance
Certificate III Business
Certificate III Community Services
Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III Financial Services
Certificate III Fitness
Certificate III Health Services Assistance
Certificate III Hospitality (Kitchen Operations Stream)
Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing or Disability Stream)
Certificate III Information, Digital Media & Technology
Certificate III Screen and Media
Certificate III Sport and Recreation
Certificate III Tourism