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The value of work placement for VET students

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The value of work placement for VET studentsVocational Education and Training (VET) courses have the capacity to engage and challenge students to maximise their individual talents. Acquiring a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational abilities, boys develop industry-recognised skills to engage in the working world.

Thirty five Trinity Year 11 and 12 VET students will undertake 70 hours of work placement over a two week period. Work experience will provide the students with the opportunity to enhance the skills that are learned in the classroom by participating in a real workplace environment.  As part of their on-the-job training, students will work in the construction, entertainment, electro-technology and hospitality industries.

While the real tasks being carried out in the workplace will complement the tasks and learning being undertaken by the students in their VET courses at School, the opportunity for practical learning outside the classroom gives Trinity students industry-recognised skills and new found confidence.

“This real world experience prepares our boys for professional work by providing congruence between school and work, which I call the stepping stone to the real world,” said Dr Frederick Osman, Director of Vocational Education at Trinity Grammar School.

Work placement is a mandatory requirement within every vocational education course. The purpose of learning in the workplace is to enable students to:

  • progress towards the achievement of industry competencies
  • develop appropriate attitudes towards work
  • learn a range of behaviours appropriate to the industry
  • enhance the skills they learn in the classroom and undertake on-the-job training
  • practise and develop their industry competencies and employability skills in a real work environment
  • access placement opportunities within a quality employer workplace.

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. Additionally, Trinity offers students in Years 8 to 10 a nationally accredited Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets, which is the only course of its kind in Australia.

To learn more about the value of work placement for VET students and Trinity's Vocational Academic Course, download the course handbook here.

Trinity's Vocational Academic Course handbook download

Topics: Boys' education, Boys learning, Courses, Vocational training