A vocational program is a course that your child is enrolled in through school to study a vocational area such as Automotive, Engineering, Construction, Hospitality, Business, IT, Multimedia and Music to name a few. The majority of these courses lead toward employment and this is the main reason they are called “vocational”.
Vocational programs are designed to prepare students of all ages for employment or further training. The qualifications, Certificates and Units of Competency (UoC) that students can achieve through these programs are industry focused and devised for the needs of the industry. VET provides training that results in nationally recognised industry qualifications.
The VET system and the education system are distinct but complimentary. The VET sector is industry driven, allowing industry to indicate the skills and knowledge needed and the qualifications are linked to job roles. VET is lined up to identify industry skill requirements and skill shortage areas.
During vocational placement a student may attend a workplace to receive practical training and experience as part of their course. Vocational placement hours are in addition to normal class attendance and is a mandatory part of some courses. When vocational placement is not undertaken, it is recommended students undertake work experience relevant to their training.
Students undertaking work or work experience on a construction site need to complete a general safety induction course and be issued with a White Card before participating in workplace activities. The White Card course can be delivered by VETiS at your school.
Students can complete the course in a day and will be issued with their White Card before being placed in work experience. Students have an opportunity to access a vast array of courses.
Features of Vocational Education and Training in Schools (V.E.T.)
V.E.T increases a students’ learning potential
V.E.T gives national qualifications and skills
V.E.T. prepares students for the workforce:
How is a vocational program different to a school subject?
Some students study a vocational course and others study a school subject. They are both delivered at school by their teachers and both go towards their WACE Certificate. Students can do a vocational course and still meet WACE Requirements.
Are these programs quality assured?
All vocational courses we offer are nationally recognised courses quality assured under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. VETIS is licensed to offer these qualifications under the guidance of the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
Why do a vocational course when I want my child to go to University?
For students who are University bound these courses provide more opportunities for them, for part time work whilst at Uni; or for a gap year before they commence Uni. It also provides a backup in case they don’t get the scores needed to enter University.
What does the student get at the end of the vocational course?
If your child completes all assessments successfully in all units of competency they will receive a certificate in that qualification. If they don’t complete all units successfully, they will receive a statement of attainment for the units they do complete. There is always an opportunity to re-sit the assessments as is the nature of vocational education.
What does the vocational program lead to?
These programs provide pathways for entry and meet the necessary pre-requisites into the next level of qualification for your child. Some of the higher level qualifications offered e.g. at Certificate IV level provide the necessary entry requirements for University. At Diploma or higher level, they provide one year’s exemption in a related degree at most universities. They also lead to jobs in the related area because employers have had involvement in the development of these programs.
Does this program give my child a better selection in a Course post school?
Yes. If students complete a Certificate I-III at school, they have met all the necessary prerequisites for our courses post school and most other training organisations. As long as we have their course running and vacancies exist then they are automatically selected. They need to submit an application form to us through our website.
More Opportunities are provided to the students
Schools that offer vocational programs such as the ones offered by VETiS give students a wider choice of careers and study options while at school. By completing a vocational qualification at school, students are one to two years ahead of their counterparts who wait until they leave school to study vocational qualifications.
These qualifications are customised to suit your child, their abilities and their expectations while at school. In a lot of cases the courses are more relevant to them as they fit in with their interests. This helps motivate the students to remain at school and receive a more rounded education that will serve them well in life and in their chosen careers.
It makes them job ready as they have exposure to the world of work through these qualifications and work place learning where enrolled.
The learning is simple and self-paced. Well laid out workbooks are provided for each student by the school in each qualification which provides all the assessments up front so the student knows what they are being assessed in. Some courses are offered on-line through our innovative Learning Management System - Podium.
Many of these courses will lead to traineeships while at school or post school giving your child more job related opportunities than they have ever had before.
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