VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses are available for study by students as part of their School Certificate or Higher School Certificate.
Almost all VET in Schools courses lead to nationally recognised Australian Quality Training Framework (AQF) qualifications, either certificates or statements of attainment. Some courses also include work placement. These courses can provide a head start towards a career and pathways to further study.
VET courses are delivered to students by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These can be their schools, colleges of TAFE NSW or other private RTOs. They require mandatory workplace learning where students will complete 70 hours of Work placement usually in their preliminary year.
Students will receive credentials which could include Statement of Attainment or Certificate I, II or III. They may contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) when students sit for the optional HSC exam.
Students have the opportunity to produce practical work that develops skills in competencies necessary for the Construction Industry.
Competencies include: Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry; plan and organise work; conduct workplace communication; carry out measurements and calculations; read and interpret plans and specifications; apply OHS requirements; policies and procedures in the construction industry; use carpentry tools and equipment; handle carpentry materials; erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground; apply basic levelling procedures; carry out concreting to simple forms.
Students in Construction Pathways have completed projects for the school that improve the wellbeing of students such as student tables, concreting for the BBQ COLA area as well as tiling and utilising equipment across a wide range of competencies.
Students have the opportunity to work in a complete stainless steel Industry standard Hospitality Kitchen onsite.
Competencies include: Work effectively with others and interact with customers; use hospitality skills effectively; show social and cultural sensitivity; participate in safe work practices; use hygienic practices for food safety; prepare and serve espresso coffee; serve food and beverage; prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages; clean premises and equipment; participate in environmentally sustainable work practices and safe food handling practices; use food preparation equipment and prepare sandwiches.
All of these competencies are often enhanced by the Hospitality students cooking, serving and interacting with people in school events such as BBQ cook up days for the local primary students or the Probus meetings held at the school.