The Association of Career Professionals International (ACPi) has recognised Trinity Grammar School as a Centre of Excellence in Career Development. This excellence award was given in recognition of the innovative and entrepreneurial approach taken by the School to ensure that boys have the best opportunities provided to them. Trinity is the first school in Australia to be acknowledged in this way.
Trinity received the award for its change in School culture. This change began seven years ago due to a growth in student numbers, which triggered a need to broaden the curriculum in order to service non-ATAR, mixed ability students who may have otherwise not lasted at school.
The Programme comprises of five course options; Electrotechnology; Construction; Entertainment; Digital Media; Hospitality and Leadership Through Cadets – Trinity is the only School in Australia to offer a Leadership Through Cadets programme accredited by the Defense Forces and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
To facilitate this change in culture, Trinity developed a curriculum to retain students that may not necessarily have remained in school. The objective was to ensure students obtained some form of certification that would allow them to make the transition to employment. This led to the inception of the Trinity Vocational Academic Course (TVAC). TVAC enabled students to defer the decision of ATAR or non-ATAR right into Year 12, and take up school-based traineeships, new to New South Wales’ school systems. Trinity has had more boys in traineeships than any other school of its ilk.
Of the eight Trinity boys who completed the school-based traineeships last year, all of them have moved directly into employment with their host employers.
The programme has grown, and with that growth Trinity had to become its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 91644 ), and put together an advisory committee comprising of educationalists, tertiary institutions and representatives from industry who could support the School’s objectives. In addition, the committee helps Trinity with work placements and employment, and provides advice on how the School can effectively work as an RTO.
What impressed the ACPi most about Trinity was the collaborative effort of its leadership, staff, community and Advisory Board in taking the entrepreneurial step of establishing itself as an RTO in a bid to deliver services to a greater range of students and its community.
ACPi is an internationally networked organisation committed to enhancing professional performance, individual and community well-being and organisational excellence.
ACPi Training is head quartered in NSW, Australia. It has a global focus and actively supports the building of local capacity in professional practice. Growth and change are supported through high quality professional mentoring, coaching, training services and belief that leadership development is the key to success.
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