Centre for Skills and Training


This program is new for 2023 and will cater for Year 10 and Year 11 students in its first year, and will include Year 12 students from 2024. Registration for 2023 is now closed.

About the Centre for Skills and Training

Darwin High School students have access to a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs that offer students recognised training within an industry area of their choosing.

The centre provides vocational education training pathways for students at Darwin High Schoo and invites students to register for the 2023 intake. Students will be able to enter a pathway focused on gaining the skills that may lead to a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship while gaining their NTCET or a full-time apprenticeship post-school. This will enable students to gain competencies towards Certificate II or III as well as NTCET credits.

Students will learn skills such as:

  • financial literacy
  • team work
  • problem solving
  • communication

What will I learn?

Year 10

Students will undertake a VET course or work experience and PLP, English, Mathematics and Wellbeing at school. 

Other courses or programs may be available to students not undertaking VET or a School Based Apprenticeship i.e. Duke of Edinburgh, First Aid, Community Studies, Royal Life Saving.

Year 11

Students will undertake a VET course or School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship, English, Mathematics, Community Studies and Wellbeing.

Entry requirements

Applications open on 15 August and close on 23 September 2022. Families must complete the expression of interest form and an information session and interviews will be held in Term 4. 

Selection Criteria:

Year 10:

  • Expression of interest for a VET program submitted.
  • Interest in pursuing a school-based apprenticeship, traineeship or trade.
  • Commitment to participating in work experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to attend and engage in the program.
  • Commitment to achieving the NTCET.

Year 11:

As above or currently undertaking a SBAT.

VET and the NTCET

To complete the NTCET, students must achieve 200 NTCET credits, 150 of which can be gained through VET. Within these, students must also satisfy the literacy and numeracy requirements of the NTCET. The remaining 10 credits are gained from the Personal Learning Plan (10 credits).

Students can earn 5 NTCET credits for successfully completing 35 hours of VET, and 10 NTCET credits for 70 hours. The SACE Board will decide whether the NTCET credits earned for a particular VET qualification will be recognised at Stage 1 or Stage 2.

About VET programs

VET programs can provide students with the skills, knowledge and competencies required for the work environment and are available across a wide range of industry areas. Students can do VET whilst continuing with the normal school curriculum. On successful completion of a VET program, students can gain credit towards the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training.

There are two VET strands available to students:

VET in Schools

VET in Schools (VETiS) programs operate for a full day one or two days per week or in blocks. Block training can be conducted over one to two weeks, a few times each Semester or throughout the year at a variety of Training Organisations across Darwin. Most often they are at the Certificate I and Certificate II level.

To apply for the VETiS program visit our Careers Centre.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships or Traineeships

School based Apprenticeships or Traineeships (SBAT) operate on one or two days per week and are paid employment and training. Students need to approach employers and apply for a SBAT using similar strategies as they would for any job. SBAT’s are available throughout Darwin in a wide range of industries. They are often at the Certificate II or Certificate III level.

To apply for an SBAT decide on Industry area/Apprenticeship, participate in Work Experience to make sure it is the right choice and then register with a Group Training Company OR find an Employer. To find our more visit the Careers Centre in the Library or visit the GTNT website.

Usually VET programs are available to Year 11 and 12 students as they have completed general education and have the maturity to make decisions which involve commitment to training. Most VET programs are available for Year 10 right through to Year 12 students.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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