Sacred Heart College offers Senior School students the opportunity to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) as part of their studies.
This enables students to earn credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification whilst at the same time completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
The recognition arrangements for VET in the SACE include recognition of:
The SACE Board recognises VET that:
The SACE enables students to include a significant amount of VET in their SACE studies. A student earns 10 SACE credits for the successful completion of 70 nominal hours of VET, up to the maximum number of credits allocated to each qualification.
For more information on how specific VET qualifications can earn SACE units at Stage 1 and 2 refer to the SACE website - www.sace.sa.edu.au
Students can undertake a VET course in years 10, 11 and 12 the pathway is very flexible and most student requirements can be accommodated.
An example of a typical pathway:
Yr 10 TradeSKILLS
Yr 11 TradePATH
Yr 12 TradePLUS
In most instances students:
Examples of the types of courses available to students include:
It is highly recommended that students intending to undertake a VET course select Workplace Practices as one of their subjects at either Stage 1 and/or Stage 2. This subject complements a student's VET course.
Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and an understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. Students learn about the changing nature of work, industrial relations legislation, safe and sustainable workplace practices and local national and global issues in an industry and workplace context.
Year 11 VET students have supervised study lessons scheduled in their timetable. Supervised Study lessons are provided to catch up on work which has been missed, due to being out of school one day per week. These lessons are to be treated like any other a teacher will be supervising and a roll will be marked at the beginning of each lesson for attendance purposes.
Year 12 VET students receive a study line (this is provided to all Year 12 students).
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a compulsory part of VET and many courses have a requirement of 140 hours of on-the-job learning in a type of workplace relevant to the course they are studying. SWL can be described as a more formal form of work experience, with students and their workplace hosts needing to complete a log book.
SWL is in addition to VET course days and occurs during school holidays and/or out of school hours. It must be completed by the end of the Term 3 school holidays. Students, parents and the host supervisor will be required to complete Structured Workplace Agreement Forms prior to the student undertaking their placement and students are required to complete a log book and self-appraisal. SWL is coordinated through the College's VET Department.
Students need to consider their suitability to engage in an adult learning style and need to be aware of the implications of missing up to one day of school per week. It is the responsibility of VET students to communicate with their teachers about the school work they miss each week.
Students must be organised and committed to all components of their education - at SHC, at their RTO and with their structured workplace learning host.
Selection into VET is not automatic and careful consideration is given to a student's performance at school and their desire to pursue a career in a particular industry.
VET courses often attract additional charges and students undertaking a VET course may be required to pay for part of their course.
The College pays the first $1000 of all external courses undertaken by a student if it is deemed to be a necessary part of a student's preparation for their intended career path and contributes to their SACE (limit of $1000 per year).