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Drive Your Career

Year 10 students Oliver and Harry welcome Police Recruitment Officers for a Careers presentation.

A secure and unified transition from school to work is one of the biggest drivers of career success for young people. One of the ways to develop these skills is through undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course whilst at school. VET enables students to acquire skills and knowledge for work through a nationally recognised industry-developed training package or accredited course.

VET offers practical, hands-on learning which allows students to gain knowledge, develop skills and follow a career they have interest in. VET courses also provide credit points towards Queensland Certificate of Education and supporting transition to higher education.

There are several ways in which VET courses are offered to school students including as a subject delivered and resourced by a school registered training organisation (RTO), as a subject through a partnership with an external RTO or by an external RTO. Currently about 25 students have taken advantage of this opportunity through their subject preferences for Year 11.

Ambrose Treacy College recently became a RTO (RTO No: 45196) which allows the College to offer certificate courses within our scope of registration. Currently the scope includes: SIT10216 Certificate I in Hospitality, SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality and CHC14015 Certificate I in Active Volunteering. In 2018, these certificate courses will be offered to students in Years 10 and 11. Another VET pathway available for students in Year 11 and 12 is through a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. This offers students the opportunity start either an apprenticeship or traineeship whilst at school. A school-based apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. Whereas, school-based trainees are trained in a vocational area, such as information technology or fitness.

With regard to an update in the Careers area all Year 10 students will be participating in an excursion to either the University of Queensland or TAFE Skills Tech, Acacia Ridge and TAFE Queensland Southbank on Tuesday 15 August. For those students venturing to UQ, a choice of the five following workshops is on offer. Students are to choose only TWO: CRIM experience, Global Change Institute Experience, Entrepreneurship with UQ IdeaHub, Engineers without Borders Prosthetic limbs and Design Thinking IT Workshop. For our TAFE visitors, students will undertake tours of both campuses and gain insights into various courses for a range of pathways.

To download the most recent ATCareers Bulletin, please click on the link below.

Michelle Peacock, Head of Vocational & Career Pathways
peacockm@atc.qld.edu.au