Early last year universities and business leaders announced a new national strategy on work integrated learning to build the productive capacity of Australia’s workforce, improve graduate job prospects and meet the skills needs of employers.
According to the National Strategy Report on Work Integrated Learning, partnerships between industry, community and educators is vital to shaping future economic prospects.
In New South Wales, one third of Year 11 and Year 12 students undertake a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course as part of their Higher School Certificate. Increasingly, Trinity Grammar School boys are choosing to study a VET course, attracting one in three Year 11 and 12 students.
The VET programme at Trinity now also includes School Based Traineeship (SBT) opportunities to help boys at Trinity with both employment outcomes and academic credit when they leave school.
Traineeships of this kind provide a clear school to work pathway that see students undertake an apprenticeship while still at school.
SBTs offer a number of benefits:
- Students can achieve the HSC and commence an apprenticeship simultaneously, improving future job prospects while still completing secondary schooling.
- Academic credit is given to trainees participating in SBTs, meaning graduates can step in to apprenticeships immediately following the completion of Year 12 and be two years ahead of their contemporaries.
- Trainees can improve students’ skills. They acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills valued both within and beyond the workplace.
- Participants gain experiences that can be applied in a range of contexts, including work, study and leisure.
- Students receive on-the-job training.
- The workplace skills and confidence students gain during their school-based traineeship provide a solid foundation for any career.
- SBTs are designed to support students’ specific career goals by providing a clear pathway from school to employment.
- Students can work as paid employees.
More and more, young people are looking to seek relevant work and life skills without sacrificing their education. The New South Wales Advocate for Young People and Children recently released a report into what young people believe are priorities for society. More than 4,000 children aged four to 24 were asked about their life experiences and what is important to them.
The majority thought education should be a top priority for the NSW Government and many wanted more life skills to be taught at school.
School Based traineeships recognise the varying needs and goals of students, providing an alternative pathway to learning while improving future job prospects.
To learn about how Trinity Grammar School knows what boys need to flourish, download our prospectus.