A Trade School also called Vocational school is a high higher-level learning institution that specializes in providing students with the vocational education and technical skills they need in order to perform the tasks of a particular job. Vocational schools are traditionally distinguished from two-year junior colleges and four-year universities by their goal to impart job-specific training and education to students who are typically bound for blue-collar jobs in the workforce, rather than the aim to provide academic education for students pursuing careers in white-collar disciplines.
Vocational schools were called "technical colleges" in Australia, and there were more than 20 schools specializing in vocational educational training (VET). Only four technical colleges remain, and these are now referred to as "trade colleges". At these colleges, students complete a modified year 12 certificate and commence a school-based apprenticeship in a trade of their choice.