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Key learnings of vocational education participants

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 17, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Key learnings of vocational education participantsTrinity boys that choose the Trinity Vocational Academic Course (TVAC) pathway are put in the spotlight, as they share their stories, successes and opportunities in seven minute presentations to peers, teachers, employers and family members at the Trinity ‘Bringing Traineeships to Life’ event. The evening’s focus is to celebrate school-based traineeships and the boys that participate.

Vocational education provides opportunities for building connections through hands-on learning. Trinity Grammar School's Director of Vocational Education and RTO Manager (Careers Education) Dr Frederick Osman said, “Our vocational education programme provides our boys with real-world learning opportunities and pathways to ensure that they become highly skilled and career-ready.”

The format of evening is designed to:

  • give boys a chance to reflect on their traineeship experience
  • showcase the employability skills that the boys learn in the workplace that can set them up for meaningful pathways to further training and work when they finish school
  • congratulate the young men that have chosen the vocational pathway.

Some common themes became apparent as one-by-one the boys stepped up to the podium to make their presentations and share their key learnings of vocational education.

Putting theory into practice

Although an obvious outcome of work placements, putting theory into practice is nonetheless invaluable. There is nothing like the learning gained from actually completing a task, rather than reading about it or watching someone else do it. Boys consolidate what they have learned at school and build on those skills through on-the-job training.

It was a tough, hard, first day in the construction industry for Year 12 student Nicholas Capovilla. He returned home exhausted and unsure if the industry was for him. He recalls his mother’s words that day, “She said, ‘You have to dig a trench to build a strong foundation – without that you have nothing - you learned a valuable lesson today.’ I will always remember my first day and Mum’s advice,” he said.

Building working relationships

The work environment is very different to that at school. Boys must meet many new people and while this can be overwhelming, it provides a sense of belonging and self-worth, knowing that boys are contributing to a large project.

Learning responsibility

With a work placement comes responsibility to turn up on time, complete the tasks required and do the employer proud. Time management becomes critical as boys juggle school, work, sporting and other commitments.

Familiarisation with work sites and work environments

Boys are exposed to different work sites and environments. This can be a challenging time as they find their place, but having completed vocational training, Trinity boys are in an enviable position when it comes time to find employment. Having experienced real work sites and real work, they are well prepared for entry into their chosen career.

“Being my first time on a construction site, I didn’t really know what to expect. After being inducted and heading on site, I came to the realisation that I wasn’t just at school student anymore. I would walk away every day learning something new,” said Year 12 student, George Varvaressos.

The statistics show that Australia has a skills shortage and many students have underestimated the benefits of a trade as a career choice. We give Nicholas the final word on vocational education, “From this experience I have learnt how important it is to work hard and commit yourself fully to the job. The opportunity that Trinity has provided me with is life changing. My choice to take a non-ATAR pathway for my HSC allows me to: complete Year 12; obtain a HSC; complete a Certificate II in Construction; pursue my love of swimming; and work towards a career in the construction industry.”

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.

To find out more about the Trinity difference, download our Trinity Vocational Academic Course information.

Trinity's Vocational Academic Course handbook download

Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Boys learning, Education, Vocational training