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Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Vocational Education and Training - VET
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 Melville SHS
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
Certificates being delivered at TAFE
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)
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!