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Vocational Education & Training (VET)

 

Vocational Education and Training - VET

VET in Schools (VETiS) is part of the Secondary Directorate and is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and practices relevant to vocational education in schools.  In these programs students, usually in years 10 to 12, are working towards either full qualifications or individual Units of Competence (UoC) while enrolled at school.  Often, a student’s program also includes a component of workplace learning (WPL) where the student is able to apply and practice the industry skills in a real workplace.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools enables students to gain nationally recognised industry skills whilst completing their school graduation. VET is taken as part of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and completion by the student provides a wide range of post school options and pathways. By the end of Year 12, students will need to achieve either an ATAR score for University Entrance or a Certificate II or higher to prepare for further training and/or employment. ATAR students may also complete a recognised qualification at a Certificate II level or higher at school as part of their senior school selection.

The following courses and programs are offered at Melville Senior High School:

Year 10

  • Students in Year 10 can commence a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship with their current employer; if they offer it
  • Try-A-Trade programs at local TAFE’s
  • Work placement arranged for select students
  • START program – in house program providing students with an introduction to life skills such as interview techniques, CPR, driving skills….

Year 11

  • Students in Year 10 can commence a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship with their current employer; if they offer it
  • Workplace Learning Endorsed
  • Career and Enterprise
  • Flexible Learning in School: Combining school with an external training program and work place learning
  • School based VET Qualifications

Year 12

  • Workplace Learning Endorsed
  • Career and Enterprise
  • Flexible Learning in School: Combining school with an external training program and work place learning
  • School based VET Qualifications

School Based VET (Vocational Education & Training) Programs

The VET programs are delivered at the school as part of the student’s regular timetable.  All school based VET programs involve a partnership between Melville Senor High School and Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s).  This partnership allows the students to achieve a VET qualification that is delivered at the school as part of their Year 11 and/or Year 12 course selection.

Melville Senior High School utilises the skills and services of VETiS Consulting Services Pty Ltd RTO Code 52499, Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training RTO Code 3979 and The College of Sound and Music Production (COSAMP) RTO Code 41549.  The RTO’s are licensed under ASQA to deliver and assess these qualifications. A full list of approved qualifications that the RTO’s are licensed for can be found at https://training.gov.au/Organisation

The school will enrol the students who have selected these courses by advising the RTO in February each year after the subject selection process has been completed and parents have provided their approval for enrolment. 

The student’s enrolment with VETiS Consulting Services Pty Ltd RTO Code 52499 is confirmed when they complete the online student induction program using Podium.

The student’s enrolment with Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training RTO Code 3979 is confirmed when a return email is sent by the respective RTO acknowledging student enrolments.

The student’s enrolment with College of Sound and Music Production RTO Code 41549 is confirmed when they complete an online enrolment form via the RTO’s portal.

Upon successful completion of all course requirements students who have been assessed as meeting the requirements of the training packages will be issued with an AQF Certificate.  The RTOs will issue the certificate or statement of attainment. This will be delivered to the school and will be posted to the student at the student address registered with the school.

 

The nationally recognised qualifications that we offer in partnership with the RTO’s, are listed below...

Melville Senior High School has partnered with VETiS Consulting Services (RTO Code 52499) through an auspiced arrangement to deliver the following vocational qualifications:

Certificate II in Business BSB20115

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSB20115

 Certificate II in Creative Industries Live Production CUA20215

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA20215 

Certificate II in Dance CUA20113

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA20113

Certificate II in Engineering Pathways MEM20413

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/MEM20413

Certificate II in Visual Arts CUA20715

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA20715

Certificate III in Business BSB30115

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/BSB30115

Certificate III in Screen and Media CUA31015

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA31015

For more information on each qualification go to links above or visit the RTO’s website at: www.vetis.net.au

 

Melville Senior High School has partnered with YMCA WA (RTO Code 3979) through an auspiced arrangement to deliver the following vocational qualifications:

Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation SIS20213

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SIS20213

Certificate II in Sports Coaching SIS20513

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/SIS20513

For more information on each qualification go to links above or visit the RTO’s website at: www.ymca.org.au

 

Melville Senior High School has partnered with College of Sound and Music Production (COSAMP) (RTO Code 41549) through an auspiced arrangement to deliver the following vocational qualifications:

Certificate II in Music Industry CUA20615

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA20615

Certificate III in Music Industry CUA30915

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CUA30915

For more information on each qualification go to links above or visit the RTO’s website at: www.cosamp.com.au

 

In 2016, 14 certificates are being delivered across four learning areas at the school. Thirty two students access 18 different certificate courses under profile hours, not including School Based Traineeships, Aboriginal Based Traineeships and Education Support students.

 In 2015, a total of 208 students undertook a VET course as part of their senior school studies.  In 2015 a total of 66% of Year 12 students were enrolled in a Certificate II or higher certificate either a stand-alone or as an inclusive program, complementing their WACE Courses of studies. A further measure of success is Melville’s ‘Completion’ and ‘Attainment’ rates. Attainment rates are a measure of a graduating students’ achievement of one or both of a 55+ ATAR (enough to get into university) or a Certificate II or higher (enough to get into TAFE or meaningful employment) Attainment rates are now being seen as the benchmark standard for measuring whole school academic achievement in Year 12 at both a national and state level. In 2015 Melville achieved an outstanding Attainment rate of 99.4%, one of the highest attainment rates in the state. This percentage has steadily increased each year as students and their families realise the importance of having a certificate qualification when they leave school.

 Melville has been ranked in the top VET schools for the past 10 consecutive years. This makes sense as vocational courses can contribute up to 50 per cent of the Western Australian Certificate of Education.  We have set new records for the number of students taking up the opportunity to participate in some training, whether that be a TAFE taster course or full certificate. 

 The Vocational Pathways Program is growing in reputation and attendance.  Students are realising the importance of working towards a vocational qualification whilst at school.  This gives them a head start over students without certificate qualifications when they graduate by enabling them to attend full time TAFE courses or even University.

 The Vocational Pathways Program students undertake three days of school and access TAFE courses on either the fourth or fifth day and participate in work place learning on the they day they are not at TAFE. 

Vocational/TAFE courses continue to expand with more and more teachers identifying that these courses may provide more relevance to students and provide better outcomes.  The certificate courses change depending on demand, however in 2016, 291 students are undertaking one or more of the following certificates:

Certificates being delivered at TAFE   Certificates being delivered at Melville SHS
Cert I Automotive Vocational Preparation
Cert II Animal Studies
Cert II Automotive Body Repair Technology
Cert II Community Services
Cert II Electronics
Cert II Electrotechnology
Cert II Engineering - Technical
Cert II Hairdressing
Cert II Hospitality
Cert II Information, Digital Media and Technology
Cert II Landscaping
Cert II Maritime Operations
Cert II Plumbing and Gas Fitting
Cert II Retail Make Up and Skin Care
Cert II Retail Services
Cert II Tourism
Cert III Education Support
Cert IV Aeronautics (Commercial Pilot Theory – Single Engine)
  Cert II Business
Cert II Construction Pathways
Cert II Dance
Cert II Creative Industries
Cert II Engineering Pathways
Cert II Live Production and Services
Cert II Outdoor Recreation
Cert II Sport and Recreation
Cert II Sport Coaching
Cert II Visual Arts
Cert II Visual Arts Wood Focus
Cert III Business
Cert III Screen and Media
Cert III Music

 

 

What makes a Certificate Course so popular for students?

There are several key advantages for students entering in a certificate program.  Firstly there is the knowledge that a national recognised industry certificate is obtainable at the end of the course; something that takes them well beyond a normal school accredited certificate. In addition there is the satisfaction that they know they are learning the same skills which they will be using in their chosen industry, from the safe use of power tools to the creation of Auto-CAD drawings, from setting up of digital print jobs to the ability to provide wilderness first aid.

The school environment is set up as closely as possible to mirror a professional workplace.  This means that students begin to take ownership in their working environment such as in maintaining equipment, reporting faults and taking an active role in occupational health and safety issues.  A considerable investment has also taken place to upgrade facilities in many of our areas to meet industry requirements.  For example, in the Design area, eight colour printers and site licensing for all of the Adobe creative suite have ensured that students are able to create and output professional product daily.

Finally a further incentive for many students is that the certificate courses are ‘meshed’ within their existing courses of study.  This means that while they are completing their normal studies they are using their tasks towards ticking off competencies for their industry courses.  In other words, they are getting ‘two bites of the cherry!’  So a student at school who, for example is taking the Certificate III in Multi-Media or Design over two years course end up with a completed Stage III Course or Study as well as a Certificate which would allow direct industry workplace entry, or, as is more likely, entry to a higher level TAFE course. By graduation time students have already begun to build up an impressive range of options for future career pathways.

Our new Lower School RISE Program allows our students to achieve success through the hard work and dedication of its teachers.  This program focuses on students from Year 8 to 10 who will be able to access more SCSA Endorsed programs and VET courses with each student having an individualized Learning Plan.

School Based Traineeships and Aboriginal School Based Traineeships also provide a great opportunity for students to begin some form of training.  Students are able to be at school and work at the same time and be paid for their training.  School Based Training and ABST’s open new employment opportunities and enhance student’s enterprise skills.  There are many traineeships available, generally at a Certificate II level and Melville students complete these in areas such as Business, Hospitality and Clerical.

We are proud of our achievements!