VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET)

Widen your horizons and multiply your opportunities with VET. A VET in the VCE program enables you to widen your horizons and on successful completion, gain two qualifications instead of one, a VCE Certificate and a nationally recognised VET/TAFE Certificate.

VET in the VCE provides you with the opportunity to obtain a broad based education which links training to industry and encourages innovation, independence and entrepreneurial endeavour.

VET in the VCE may be delivered in a number of ways including your secondary college, a TAFE Institute, and the workplace. Research has confirmed that a significant number of students are entering higher education or continuing with further training after successfully completing a VET in the VCE program.

Features of VET

VET is usually a two year program combining general VCE/VCAL studies with accredited vocational education and training.

  • It enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (eg. Certificate II Multimedia) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied learning (VCAL) at the same time.
  • VET allows students to go directly into employment or receive credit towards further study.
  • Important Industry Specific Skills and workplace skills are learnt through the VET program.

How does VET work?

A VET in Schools program is usually made up of VCE VET units which are delivered by registered training organisations, the students’ school or another school within the Mullum VET Cluster of schools.

Course availability

It is the intention that students apply for courses in their geographical area. However, if they are on a waiting list they may be referred to another similar course elsewhere. *Classes will not run where there are insufficient numbers.

Travel to venues

Students will travel to schools within the Mullum Cluster of schools, please see each course description for location details. Students need to ensure independent travel to and from venues for VET classes all year. It will be the responsibility of the student to get to and from the venue of the course they have chosen. Schools will attempt to facilitate the need for transport to other venues by tapping into the existing public transport systems and cluster transport arrangements, where possible.

Attendance

Attendance is critical. Non-attendance equates to a week missed. All absences are reported back to the home school. VET requires 90% attendance; failure to meet this requirement will mean no result as well as no certificate. Students must be prepared for flexible delivery times i.e. late afternoon or early morning classes.

Delivery of VET programs

Every effort is made to deliver the 2nd year of a course; however if numbers do not reach the minimum class size there is no guarantee the program will run.

Enrolling in VET Units 3 & 4

Students must complete Units 1 & 2 before enrolling in Units 3 & 4.

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Students may undertake work with an employer that enables the student to demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge in an industry setting. During the Structured Workplace Learning placement, a student will have specific tasks to undertake in order to demonstrate competence. Students will be regularly monitored and may be assessed on the job. The time and arrangements for structured workplace learning will vary for each program and may be organised during term, holidays or early December. Travel to and from work placements is the responsibility of each student. Students are encouraged to find their own work placements or use the services of a placement organisation.

Advantages of studying VET

VET increases Students’ Learning Potential

  • Broadens VCE/ VCAL options.
  • Develops the student’s capacity to make decisions and solve problems.
  • Helps students to gain confidence and improve communication and interpersonal skills through learning in an adult environment.
  • Matches student interest and career directions through the provision of strong pathways.

VET provides National Qualifications and Skills

  • Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a nationally accredited vocational training certificate.
  • VET qualification articulates directly into further education and training at TAFE. Eg Cert II in Automotive Technology provides students with a pre apprenticeship in this industry area.
  • VET provides access to a range of different technologies related to the workplace

 VET Prepares Students for the Workforce

  • Expands post school opportunities and improves employment prospects.
  • Provides the opportunity to trial a career. Helps students explore possible areas of interest, which promote further study and work choices.

Examples of Employment Opportunities

Automotive Technology
Mechanic, Electrician, Body Repairer, Air-conditioning Fitter, Parts, Retail, Business Operator, Driver, Mechanical Engineering, Aircraft Engineering.

Animal Studies
Pet shop, animal shelter or boarding facility, animal grooming business or veterinary clinic.

Building and Construction
Labourer, Contractor, Inspector, Site Manager, Surveyor, Project Manager, Driver, Crane Operator, Administration.

Business Administration (Office Administration)
Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Secretary, Information Officer, Customer Service Officer.

Clothing Production – Fashion
Design, Pattern Making, Couture, Wardrobe Supervisor, Fashion Designer, Theatre And Film Costume, Clothing Production Manager, Retail Buyer, Sales Manager, Accessories Designer, Sales Assistant, Soft Furnishing Designer.

Community Recreation
Recreation Officer, Assistant in a Gymnasium/Fitness Centre, Personal Trainer, Sporting Events Assistant, Leisure and Cultural Services Officer, Youth Leader, Outdoor Activity Leader.

Community Services
Social Worker, Nursing, Psychologist, Counselor, Nanny, Youth Worker, Rehabilitation, Residential Care Worker, Welfare Officer, Personal Carer, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist.

Dance
Full Time Dance Courses, Production Companies, Musical Theatre, Professional Agencies Linked To Television.

Integrated Technologies (Electro-technology)
Technician, Technologist, Tradesperson, Serviceperson, Engineer, Engineering Technologist.

Engineering
Toolmaking, Fitting and Machining, Welding, Sheetmetal Work, Instrument Making, Aircraft Mechanic, Marine Mechanic, Electrical Mechanic, Lift Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Drafting.

Furnishings
Cabinet Maker, Furniture Maker, Wood Machinist, Wood Turner, Wood Carver, Furniture Design, Joiner, Upholsterer, Production Management, Product Development.

Food Processing (Retail Baking)
Retail, bakeries and commercial kitchen which require bakers. It will open opportunities for employment in franchise bakeries with further development in small business management and/or ownership.

Hair and Beauty
Hairdresser, Hair Stylist, Beauty Therapist, Beautician, Make-up Artist.

Hospitality
Executive Chef, Senior Cook, Apprentice Cook, Kitchen Hand, Cocktail/Lounge or Food Waiter, Bar Manager, Bar Attendant, Housekeeper, Room Attendant, Front Office, Manger, Duty Manager, Receptionist, Accounts Clerk, Concierge, Porter.

Information Technology
Programmer, Analyst, Network Engineer, Computer Science, Software Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Hardware Service Technician, Computer Operator, Data Processing Operator.

Media
Website Supervisor, Project Manager, Graphic Designer, Animator, Script Writer, Editor, Video/Sound Producer, Sound Editor, Systems Designer, Programmer, Network Administrator, Special Effects Engineer, Producer, Director, Publisher, New Product Developer.

Music
Vocalist, Musician, Music Retailer, Venue Manager, Music Director, Promoter, Production Crew Member, Stage Manager

Outdoor Recreation
Aerobic Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Physical Education Teacher, Sports Management/Administrator, Sports Coach, Recreation Officer, Sportsperson, Leisure and Cultural Services Officer, Outdoor Recreation Activity Leader, Dietician, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, Referee, Broadcasting and Sports Journalism.

Picture Framing
Picture framing manufacture, retail and business opportunities as a picture framer.

Plumbing
Apprenticeships; selecting from a broad range of areas that plumbers specialise in, including roofing and gas fitting.

VET Course Requirements

Students enrolling in a VET program will be required to complete a commitment from covering their code of conduct. Further to this, additional course requirements set out by the Cluster must also be adhered to. It is important that parents and students take time to read the course requirements and student responsibilities before submitting an enrolment form.

Students Absences

In order to successfully complete the course students are expected to attend all VET Classes. Absences will be allowed for school camps, excursions etc. A medical certificate needs to be supplied for all other absences. Where possible, students need to notify their VET coordinators, trainers and / or workplace in advance.

Make up classes

Where necessary, students may be required to attend make up classes after school, during the school holidays or on the weekend.

Punctuality

All students are expected to arrive on time to class. Students who arrive late will be marked as ‘late’ on the roll and may be asked to make up the missed class time outside regular class hours.

Work Requirements

All tasks as assigned by the trainer/ employer are to be completed by the due date. Students who fail to meet deadlines will be given a warning and a second submission date will be negotiated. Students who fail to complete set tasks, by the end of the term that the tasks were set, will be withdrawn from the program.

School Uniform

Students are expected to attend VET classes in either their home school uniform, VET uniform or work appropriate dress. (as indicated at the institution)

Student Behaviour

Students will abide by the trainer’s rules and the rules of the Delivery School whenever they are on the site. This includes meeting Occupational Health and Safety Requirements in and out of the classroom. Attitude and behavior are to be of the expected standard and comply with the VET Student Contract.

Transport Arrangements

Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from VET venues. Where possible a bus service may be provided with sufficient student numbers to assist students traveling between schools during the course of all day school programs. A fee will apply to users of the bus service.

Structured Workplace Learning

Students will meet the Structured Workplace Learning requirements of the course.

Absence from Assessed Task – Units 3 & 4 Students who are absent from class, on a day when an assessed task is held must: Phone their VET Coordinator at school and their VET classroom teacher by 9.00 am.

Provide detailed parental note immediately on return to school. A copy should be given to the VET Coordinator, and a copy sent to the VET classroom teacher.

The VET Coordinator in conjunction with the VET classroom teacher will determine whether the absence is excused and whether rescheduling the missed task will be granted. Students who fail to report to their VET Coordinators on their first day back will not have their assessment task rescheduled.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR VET?

Students who opt to undertake VCAL after the commencement of the school year may not be able to access the VET in schools program due to demand (will need to pursue a school-based apprenticeship instead).

Interested applicants should complete the VET Application Form and Student Contract which can be supplied by the College.

There are 3 steps in making an application for a 2017 Vet program

Step 1
Read the handbook and course requirements carefully, select your program and complete the Enrolment form provided by Mr Williams. Submit this application to Mr Williams be the due date printed on the form.

Step 2
All first year Mullum cluster courses will hold an Orientation Afternoon in November. Students who do not attend may not be considered for a 2017 VET program. Dates/times for the afternoons are to be advised shortly.

Step 3
There are costs associated with each program. Applicants should contact their VET Coordinators for an estimate of costs.