An SBAT and VET update

1 December 2016

I am pleased to report that we have completed another successful year of VET and SBAT at Assumption College with 39 students participating in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship and 13 of these going on to full-time employment. Others are continuing their academic studies along with their SBAT. 360 students participated in VET in 2016 taking part in qualifications in 26 different programs.

Twenty-seventeen is also set to see strong participation. Already 33 students have signed up to do a SBAT, and 353 students have chosen a VET in one of 30 programs on offer next year. I thank Jenny Pendlebury and Tonya Frost from the pathways team for their assistance along with Mr Vaughan Cleary Vice Principal of Teaching and Leaning for their help and support. I believe our Principal Miss Kate Fogarty has shown her support for this program by removing any cost to parents for their children to participate in VET.

Structured workplace learning connected to a VET allows students to experience the workplace, and it helps them complete their VCE and/or VCAL. VET in not just for VCAL or SBAT students. VCE students benefit from VET study too. It assists in school engagement and retention. Practical programs and activities challenge students to think and learn differently. It focuses on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. It provides credit towards the attainment of the VCE and/or VCAL and attainment of a nationally recognised VET qualification. It supports young people's transitions to employment as well as vocational and higher education pathways. Students obtain pratical experience from work, and become familiar with how workplaces operate. They develop employability skills and improve their interpersonal skills. All this allows students to explore potential career paths.

From next month, Victoria's training and TAFE system will be overhauled through Skills First. A new approach to training will be implemented, setting a high benchmark for training quality and supporting courses that are most likely to lead to  employment. Did you know that six in 10 students do not go to university? The benifits of vocational education and training (VET) to secondary students is that it helps them discover their pathway. 

Finally, as I prepare to leave Assumption at the end of the year to continue my own lifelong learning, I have had 10 wonderful years here and thank all the supportive ACK parents and wonderful ACK students for their hard work. I may leave ACK but ACK will never leave me.

Remember if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life.

All the best,

Carol Fisher