Vocational (VET) & Careers Education
What is VET?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is learning that develops skills and knowledge that apply to a specific industry or career pathway. A student undertaking a VET course will be required to complete units of competency to attain their qualification. Students demonstrate competence by completing training and assessment facilitated by an industry qualified trainer. The trainer guides their learning through both practical and theory-based assessment. The way that learners engage with this trainer and the types of assessment that they complete are varied, depending on industry requirements.
Currently, St Saviour’s College has VET programs that run in the Health, Business, Agriculture and Hospitality industries. Added to which are our ongoing partnerships with the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office that manage our School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT). Students may also access the TAFE at School program for the engagement in a variety of Certificate Courses.
What are the benefits?
These programs add value to a student’s Senior Education experience by developing work ready skills and knowledge that can be directly applied in the workforce. They also contribute to a student’s Queensland Certificate of Education.
Methods of Delivery:
- Stand-alone Certificate Courses
In this format, the student learns through self-directed and face-to-face training completed in a simulated work environment and classroom. Students will usually engage with an online learning platform or hard-copy learning materials and show their competence through a variety of assessment techniques. The Health Hub, Rural Operations Program and the TAFE at Schools program all utilise this form of delivery for their respective qualifications.
- School-based Traineeship and Apprenticeship
Students may also complete a VET qualification through a School-based Traineeship or Apprenticeship (SAT). In this format, the student applies for an advertised SAT position and is successfully employed by a business, usually after an interview and work experience placement. The student will then attend the workplace during agreed upon hours while completing their units of competency in their own time. Depending on the workplace requirements, students may need to be absent from school to complete their work hours. Upon successful completion of the SAT, students will graduate with a nationally recognised certificate and a certificate of completion of a minimum number of work hours in the industry.
Registering interest in a VET program
A VET course of study is available to Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Student register their interest with the Careers Counsellor via an Expression of Interest and a suitable placement will be sought through a partnership with the student and the College.
St Saviour’s College VET opportunities:
- Health Hub
The St Saviour’s Health Hub is a simulated Health Clinic where students will develop their skills and knowledge in the Health and Community Services industries. These industries include occupations such as Nursing, Aged and Disability Care, Youth Work, Allied Health and many more. The full program is conducted over 2 years and allows students to receive up to three qualifications. This course is studied in addition to a student’s senior subject choices.
- Rural Operations
The University of Queensland – Gatton is a state-of-the-art training facility for students seeking to develop their skills in the Agriculture industry. This program will allow students to participate in hands-on training at the campus and be exposed to areas in the sector such as large animal production, crops, machinery as well as drone and utility vehicle operation. This course is studied in addition to a student’s senior subject choices.
- School-based Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Students may participate in a SAT to gain valuable workplace experience and an industry qualification while studying their senior years of schooling. An SAT will usually require attending paid work one day per week and completing a nationally recognised qualification. The length of the SAT will depend on the qualification with traineeships usually taking from 1-2 years and apprenticeships taking from 3-4 years.
- TAFE at School Courses
TAFE provide opportunities for students to study a nationally recognised qualification while in their final years of schooling. Students may study a vocational qualification from a variety of industries with most taking between 1-2 years to complete. Students typically attend training on the TAFE campus for one day per week.