16 July 2015
Madeline Zoch, Savannah Collard, Angus Xerri and former ACK student Jack Whitty are finalists in the Victorian Training Awards. This is an outstanding achievement, and I am truly proud of them.
Madeline is doing her school-based traineeship in Certificate III in Aged Care at Willowmeade in Kilmore. After completing her VCE this year she hopes to study nursing at ACU.
Savannah is doing her SBAT at Barrabill House Nursing Home at Seymour Health and also wants to study nursing at ACU next year.
Angus is doing VCE and an SBAT in Certificate III in Agriculture at Merindoc Pastoral. He hopes to undertake tertiary study too.
Jack completed his VCE last year and his Certificate III in Arboriculture and is still working with Tree Tactics as a qualified arboriculturist.
Our students are finalists in the School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, and Jack is a finalist in the Trainee of the Year. Winners will be announced during a dinner at Crown on Friday, August 28.
Finalists receive $500 and a certificate. Winners of each section win $10,000, a certificate and a trophy as the best in Victoria. They then represent Victoria in the Australian Training Awards in Hobart.
Many VET students will have completed work placement during the holidays. Any VET student who has still not organised placement should do so now for the September holidays and not leave it to the last minute. Forms for structured workplace learning are on the ACK library website via SIMON or at the bottom of the ACK webpage. Go to Careers and you will find the form there. The structured workplace learning form has four pages and is the form all VET students must use (Not work experience).
Depending on your placement, you may not need to complete the accommodation form if you will be living at home while working, and you may not need to complete the travel with employer form if no such travel will occur.
The form must be fully completed before being handed in to the pathways office and, most importantly, include dates and times and your signature with those of a parent and your employer. This is a legal document that will cover you for WorkCover and public liability so it is important that it is correctly filled in.
Make sure the form goes through the pathways office and not directly to the principal to sign as it must be checked before Miss Fogarty sees it. You will receive an email to confirm approval of your placement. A letter with the completed form will be sent to the employer, an assessment form for him or her to fill out at the end of the placement, guidelines for the employer and a thank-you letter from the College.
Placements are important as they expose students to the real world of work. They enable them to put the theory learnt in their VET classes into hands-on experience. They also allow students to get a reference from an employer to add to their resumes.
During third term we help students with subject selection for next year. Years 9 and 10 offer opportunities for students to experience many tasters in subjects to assist them in finding those that they enjoy and do well at. Students should use the information gained while doing these subjects to pick those they wish to do the following year. I encourage all students to continue with maths as dropping this subject will close many doors to future study. Students may find that maths is a prerequisite for a tertiary course they wish to complete.
I encourage parents to attend the many information nights we have as there are always changes to programs each year. Students can also attend information sessions at school. I encourage them to listen and take notes during these sessions and investigate study and employment opportunities. This can be done by searching on the web, looking at the information on the ACK library webpage and careeers page, attending open days at universities, TAFEs, and private registered training organisations.
Carol Fisher - VET & SBAT Coordinator