Features of VET
- It is a two-year program combining senior school studies and accredited vocational education and training.
- Enables students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification (e.g. Certificate II in Hospitality Operations) and a senior school certificate (VCE/VCAL) at the same time.
- Allows a student to go directly into employment or receive credit towards further TAFE study.
- Focuses on students developing industry specific and workplace skills.
- It is a vocationally oriented school program designed to meet the needs of industry.
The VET in Schools Program
- A VET in Schools program is delivered by a registered training organisation (e.g. TAFE), student’s school or another school close by.
- Structured Workplace Learning: This involves an employer accepting a student on a one day a week basis or one week block. Structured workplace learning enables the student to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in an industry setting. During the work placement, a student will have specific tasks to undertake in order to demonstrate competence. They will be regularly monitored and may be assessed on the job.
Contribution to the ATAR
VET is fully incorporated into the VCE. Key features include:
- VET programs have a Unit 1 – 4 structure. Of the 16 units that make up the VCE, an unlimited number can be VET units.
- All three sequences other than English, can be approved VCE VET Unit 3 & 4 sequences, with study scores.
- VET programs contribute directly to the ATAR score or as a 5th or 6th subject.
VET Enhances Learning
- Broadens VCE/VCAL options.
- Develops student’s capacity to make decisions and solve problems.
- Helps students to gain confidence and improve communication and interpersonal skills through learning in an adult environment.
- Fosters positive feedback by enabling students’ to demonstrate specific skills and competency.
- Matches student interests and career directions through the provision of strong pathways.
VET Gives National Qualifications and Skills
- Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a nationally accredited vocational training certificate.
- VET qualification articulates directly into further education and training at TAFE through documented pathway agreements.
- VET provides access to a range of different technologies related to the type and place of work.
VET Prepares Students for the Workforce
- Multiplies post school opportunities.
- Provides the opportunity to trial a career. Helps students explore possible areas of interest which promote further study and work choices.
- Allows a student to develop strong links with industry and local community employers, i.e. students may be offered part time/casual work.
- Improves employment prospects.
- Unemployment rate for 15 –19 year olds is approximately 28%.
- Unemployment Rate for 15 –19 year olds who have completed VET courses is approximately 4%.
- Helps students gain knowledge of employer’s expectations and real working conditions.
- Develops their capacity for co-operation, teamwork and leadership skill development.
- Assists in transition from school to work.
Emmaus VET Course Requirements
Typically Emmaus students enroll in Mullum Cluster VET certificates. This secondary school based co-operative aims to offer reasonably priced programs each Wednesday afternoon. This arrangement allows VCE and VCAL timetables to incorporate VET studies and means that VCE subject selections can be managed in conjunction with this pathway. The Mullum Cluster is a co-operative group of 34 Government, Catholic and Independent schools and Independent Providers operating in partnership. They are assisted by the Gateway and Outer Eastern Local and Employment Networks. The Cluster offers a broad range of VET programs in a school environment at a cost effective rate. The Mullum Cluster aims to bring the benefits of VET programs to as great a number of students as possible who reside in the Eastern corridor of Victoria.
Box Hill, Swinburne and Holmsglen
Approval may be given for students to enrol at courses which are available through Box Hill, Swinburne and Homesglen TAFEs.
Mullum Enrolment Requirements
Students enrolling in a VET program through the Mullum Cluster will be required to complete a commitment form covering their code of conduct. Further to this, additional course requirements set out by the Cluster must also be adhered to. It is important that parents and students take time to read the course requirements before submitting an enrolment form. All requirements will be detailed in the Mullum Cluster 2015 Handbook
VET at Emmaus
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates may be completed as part of either post compulsory secondary school pathway.
- VET is an integral component of the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning).
- VET can be a component of the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).
- Emmaus offers the Certificates II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology.
VET Fees and Subsidy
- VET certificates attract an additional expense. Fees and equipment costs vary from $1000 - $2000 approximately. Emmaus College bills the additional costs using the same payment cycle as the Emmaus school fees. Equipment costs are also incurred in each VET course and these expenses are also passed on using these payment cycles.
- Emmaus College makes a contribution towards the cost of VET studies. This amount varies from year to year and is dependant on the specific course.
VET Enrolment Requirements
- Students must enroll online as directed by the Mullum Cluster website www.mullumcluster.vic.edu.au or the enrolment procedures of the selected TAFE.
- Students selecting the VET/VCE pathway may only enroll in VET courses that schedule classes Wednesday afternoon or out of school hours.
- Students are required to complete VET studies and work placements during semester breaks.
- Students must attend the mandatory Orientation session at the host school.
- Final approval of your VET enrolment is granted by the Promotions Board.
Please note: Once students commence a VET course, the full VET fee is incurred.
Emmaus VCE students may only enroll in VET courses that commence after 1pm each Wednesday.