VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are nationally accredited qualifications. Completing a VET qualification provides increased opportunity for students to connect with industry and school, ensures the focus and content of training is relevant, and that skills are developed to industry standards.
Students who decide that their pathway is through a VET or trade qualification are able to begin their pathway by doing further training while completing their SACE. Students also gain employment experience, to be work-ready, via the workplace learning context of these courses. Some students are able to gain a School Based Apprenticeship while at school, allowing them to gain SACE credits while at school and then transition straight to work. The research shows that students are better off if they have completed their SACE. Current data shows that 20% of the jobs in industries require a university qualification, however over 60% of jobs need a VET qualification at Certificate III or higher.
VET courses offered at Urrbrae Agricultural High School are:
Certificate II in Agriculture
Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
Through our involvement in the Inner South Schools VET Program, students are able to complete a VET course at one of the 10 schools in the Inner Southern Area Curriculum Alliance (ISCA). All VET courses have an associated fee and the details of the fee structure and course outlines are listed in the Inner South School VET program course flyer (see VET Coordinator) and on the ISCA website: www.isca.eschoolsolutions.com.au
Students who have a keen interest in gaining a school based apprenticeship are encouraged to select Workplace Practices and Integrated Learning to support a flexible timetable that allows them to be off campus to complete VET and work placement
Industry Pathways Program (IPP)
At Urrbrae Agricultural High School, we have three IPPs available for students in the areas of Primary Industries (Agriculture), Automotive and Engineering. These industries have been identified by the Australian Government as areas where there are skills shortages in Australia
Students selecting an IPP are provided with opportunities to engage in learning that is linked to their aspirations. The Industry Pathways Programs provide credit towards SACE and qualifications that are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework and are supported by industry.
IPPs enable students to pursue apprenticeships and traineeships, go to higher level subsidised training through Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) on completion of school, and to continue with related training and employment pathways beyond school.
Our Apprenticeship Broker will assist students in signing up with the employer and commencing school-based apprenticeships. This means that students are able to begin their planned vocation while still achieving SACE. All students doing the above IPPs are encouraged to select Workplace Practices at Stage 1 and Stage 2 to assist with the workplace learning within VET courses.