“Real skills for real careers”
“I am completing a school-based traineeship Certificate III in Early Childhood, Education and Care. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to broaden my experience, knowledge and skills. The school based traineeship has been a great boost for me; it has given me focus, purpose and helped define the career path which I intend to follow.” Sharna Thompson, Year 12
Australia will celebrate National Skills Week from Monday 27 August to Sunday 2 September with the theme real skills for real careers.
The week promotes Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector as a powerful career pathway from high school, through senior secondary to tertiary education; a pathway that provides qualifications for successful, meaningful and professional careers offering great salaries and prospects.
According to the Director of the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre, Mrs Penny Driessen, vocational training offers distinct educational possibilities beyond college.
“VET aims to deliver practical, job-specific skills,” she said. “VET can also provide a powerful career pathway from high school, through senior secondary to tertiary education; a pathway that provides qualifications for successful, meaningful and professional careers offering great salaries and prospects.”
“My training pathway is diverse, stimulating, physically demanding and has broadened my appreciation of the impact the acquisition of new skills provides. My training keeps me fit and I love working in the fresh air.” Oliver Haigh, Year 12
Upon graduating from College, further VET training can offer many benefits.
outstanding job opportunities
VET students learn the hands-on, practical skills needed to do a specific job. Many VET courses offer a work placement component, where students are given the opportunity to go into the workplace and learn. This can assist their chances of gaining employment at the end of the course.
We all need income, and while it might not rate as high on the priority list as job satisfaction, it is still a significant consideration. VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not higher than, that of university graduates.
gaining the relevant skills to assist individuals in being successful
VET courses prepare students for an ever-changing workforce. Its high level of flexibility enables practical programs to be delivered which teach real-life skills and meet the needs and demands of the immediate workplace. As a result, VET graduates enter the workforce with first-hand experience, instead of requiring retraining once they are employed.
have the best of both worlds
The value of vocational qualifications continues to gain significant recognition. Nowadays, beginning tertiary education in the vocational sector is a great pathway. As students develop experience and want to advance further in their field, pathways are now available for advanced learning. Many vocational courses are also entry paths into university.
follow the passion
There is an enormous variety of courses and subjects in both the university and VET systems today. The most essential factors for individuals to consider are their strengths and their interests.
Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre for which Guilford Young College is the RTO is the current holder of the national School Pathways to VET Award.
Mrs Penny Driessen can be contacted on 6238 4350
Vocational Education and Learning Manager for GYC Ms Jane Milburn can be contacted on 6238 4350