Vocational education has come a long way since the parents of today’s high school students were students themselves.
Today there is a plethora of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses available, teaching a variety of workplace skills, through nationally recognised training, for a wide range of occupations.
VET programs are most commonly aimed at entry-level training, working to develop pathways to post-school careers. They focus on transferable skills, looking to reinforce key competencies and personal attributes that employers are looking for in young people seeking work in their industries.
The popularity of VET courses has grown dramatically in NSW schools over the past 15 years with one in every three students in Years 11 and 12 in NSW schools undertaking a VET course as part of their Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 2017.
But is vocational education right for your son? Here are some questions to consider:
- Does your son enjoy hands-on learning? Is he more engaged when he is getting his hands dirty, creating, building or fixing things?
- Does your son already have an interest in a particular field or trade, such as information and digital technology, construction or hospitality?
- Would fast-tracking a career be the way to go? Vocational courses are typically shorter than a university degree and can lead to a skilled, well-paying job sooner.
- Does your son have trouble with motivation and accountability? Vocational education could assist in developing these vital skills if he is more driven when working in a more practical environment.
- Would this limit his options? No. There are many pathways from the VET sector into higher education programs. VET Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are often equivalent in complexity to first-year university study and can provide the stepping stone to university entry.
If you answered yes to some of these questions, talk to the School’s career counsellor about course options.
Here are some common misconceptions about vocational education:
Myth: University graduates gain work easier than vocational students.
Fact: While 68 percent of university graduates find employment after graduation, 78 percent of VET students do.
Myth: VET is not as relevant as university.
Fact: The VET sector provides training in nine out of 10 occupations expected to have the greatest growth in the next five years.
Myth: VET graduates earn less than university graduates.
Fact: The average salary for a VET graduate ($56K p.a) is slightly higher than that of a university graduate ($54K p.a).
Trinity Grammar School’s VET programme is focused on engaging boys in practical and meaningful education that equips them with industry-recognised skills while exercising and expanding boys’ minds and imaginations – all part of Trinity’s commitment to provide an extensive range of education pathways to help boys realise their potential, passion and purpose in life.
Trinity offers a comprehensive Careers Mentoring Evening where Year 10 and 11 boys and their parents are invited to attend and discuss career options, meet with careers advisors, employers and universities and to get career advice from leading experts in their field.
In addition Trinity also hosts a joint Old Trinitarians’ Union (OTU) and Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Careers and Industry Expo each year. The event is designed to provide Years 10 to 12 students with an academic and vocational focus in creating future pathways, planning transition pathways, exploring career futures, strengthening student outcomes through vocational learning and building networks and connections.
In 2017, Year 12 student Nicholas Capovilla was named School-Based Trainee of the Year for the Southern and South-Western Sydney region. Also in 2017, the first 19 students graduated with Trinity's Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets qualification. The academic initiative, which started in 2015, gives boys the opportunity to extend and be rewarded for leadership through the Australian Army Cadets.
Trinity Grammar School is committed to developing and challenging the minds of young men, whilst providing a wealth of opportunities to help them realise their unique potential, passion and purpose. We offer three courses in the senior years including the HSC, IB and VET pathways to allow your son to choose the one best suited to his interests, abilities and learning style.
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO code 91644), Trinity Grammar School offers boys in Year 11 and 12 a unique vocational pathway, with VET Certificate II courses in Construction Pathways, Electro-technology and Hospitality, and Certificate III courses in Information Digital Media Technology and Entertainment.
Encompassing school-based traineeships, these courses are exclusive to Trinity, providing boys with both vocational training and an ATAR. To learn more about Trinity Vocational Academic Courses (TVAC), download our TVAC information handbook.