A Braybrook College student has taken a different path to university.

Andreas Zakhari completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in community services during his VCE years which launched his career in biomedicine.

VET courses provide job-related accredited training and technical skills. Andreas said the hands-on experience gained from a VET course left him in little doubt as to the career he wanted to pursue.

“By experiencing the industry … I knew where I wanted to go with my career,” Andreas said. “VET gave me the opportunity to follow my passions.

“I was fortunate to be placed at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where I observed researchers and doctors doing incredible work.”

Fellow Braybrook College student Judy Hang has also used the VET pathway to launch into her chosen career.

“Growing up in an immigrant family and a culturally and linguistically diverse community, I have always had an interest in working with people,” she said. “VET community services was an opportunity for me to undertake study in issues I was passionate about at school and receive a recognised qualification.”

Andreas and Judy’s success story have been highlighted in a new resource from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Titled

Get Vet, the resourse aims to expand the horizons of VCE and VCAL students by introducing them to the opportunities available through VET.