VET Opportunities Aplenty

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VET Opportunities Aplenty

With the recent changes to the Senior Secondary Curriculum in Western Australia students at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School will have a great choice of vocational courses which can be used to satisfy the Certificate II requirement for graduation from 2015. The School already offers a wide range of options that go beyond WACE subjects to include Certificate II and III courses. The School runs a number of Certificate courses on the timetable for students completing a vocational course including, Certificate III in Visual Arts, Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. With increased student interest, areas such as Fashion Design, Media and Music may be expanded upon.

Each year our students have access to the many varied courses offered at South West Institute of Technology. These courses are usually run on a Friday over one or two years and the qualifications range from Certificate I to IV. Students are able to choose a course within an area of interest that has a pathway for further education and training. This year we have students studying in Nursing, Outdoor Recreation, Information Digital Media and Technology and Hospitality. There are many other areas, including Automotive in the brand new facility at SWIT, that cater for a variety of students’ interests and aptitudes.

As a full member of the Regional Trade Training Centres, our students enjoy equal access to these programmes without the need to change schools. Students enjoy an individually tailored course designed to meet their interests and aspirations.

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, along with many other Secondary schools in greater Bunbury, is part of a consortium that applied for a grant to build three Trade Training Centres in our region. The first of these has opened - running a Certificate II in Plumbing and Gas Fitting onsite at a fabulous purpose built centre. A further two Trade Training centres will offer qualifications in Allied Health and Electrical and Building and Construction, again broadening the educational offering our students will have access to.

With 14 winners of the Australian Vocational Student Prize in the past nine years, and 11 Defence Force Scholarships offered between 2009 and 2011, we have a proven track record in preparing students for vocational pathways.

The future is very bright and varied for students who are looking for options other than an ATAR course in Year 11 or 12 – opportunities that may lead to university in the future, or to an Apprenticeship or traineeship, or direct entry to employment.