VCE Vocational Major Certificate

Year 11 Vocational Major
Year 12 Senior Certificate (2023 only)

The Dromana College VCE Vocational Major is a 2 year Senior Certificate and providing an applied learning environment for students who do not want to go to university and would prefer a more ‘hands on’ (applied) pathway.  The Vocational Major pathway allows students to start their career while completing their formal Secondary schooling.

The Vocational Major Certificate consists:
3 days school Monday, Tuesday and Thursday building on Literacy and Numeracy and developing Work Related and Personal Development skills (WRS/PDS), 1 day Certificate training, 1 day Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

The VCE Vocational Major Certificate is a blend of work, Certificate level training and education. It is designed to start students on their chosen pathway while completing their formal schooling. In many cases Vocational Major students can start an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship while completing Years 11 and 12, working towards completing a real world qualification, gaining real world work skills on the job (and getting paid)  alongside  completion of  their  Year 12 VCE Vocational Major Certificate.

Certificate component:
There are three Certificate streams: SBAT and VETis

SBAT: School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Stream 1: SBAT Apprenticeship

The student finds/knows an employer who is prepared to sign them up as a first year apprentice while they are completing their schooling. SBAT sign ups can take place any time during Year 11 or 12.

SBATs are ideal for students who know where their future career lies and know that an Apprenticeship is the qualification needed. Apprenticeships are generally 4yrs and found in industries such as (not limited to): Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Hairdressing, Chef, Automotive Mechanic, Tiler, Brick Layer etc.

Students undertaking SBAT (Apprenticeship) are officially signed up to start working towards their Certificate III ‘real world’ qualification, undertaken alongside their Senior school education.

A typical SBAT (Apprenticeship) looks like:
Student attends school Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to continue building Literacy and Numeracy skills and start building Work Related Skills (WRS) and Personal Development Skills (PDS).

Student attends ‘trade school’ (TAFE) one day a week undertaking Industry Certificate III qualifications

Student attends industry workplacement (SWL) one day a week – on the job training and paid first year apprenticeship wages and conditions.

This will be the student’s school program until they finish Year 12. By the end of Year 12 the student may potentially have reduced the first year of their apprenticeship by up to 3 months* while they have been completing their year 12 VCE Vocational Major Certificate.
At the end of Year 12 the student simply continues with the Apprenticeship full time.

(*Time reduced is dependent on SBAT start date)

Stream 2: SBAT (Traineeship)

Similar to the SBAT Apprenticeship as far as the school program is concerned: 3 days school,  1 day certificate training, 1 day paid work (approx $72 per work day)
Traineeships are generally completed in 12 – 18mnths, unlike Apprenticeships which take up to 4yrs to complete.

Traineeships can be offered by any industry  (where Apprenticeship is not required) and are generally only available to students who have completed Year 12.  However there are several Traineeship opportunities that can be delivered over Year 11 or 12 alongside the student’s school education program.

Successful completion of these Traineeships give students real world qualifications (Certificate III) set in real world industry work spaces, with mandatory workplacement one part of successful completion of SBAT. Some Certificates are prerequisite Certificates used as a pathway to undertake a higher qualification upon completion of Year 12. Other Certificates lead directly to employment.

School Based Traineeships available in either Year 11 or 12: Allied Health, Education Support, Early Childhood Education, Fitness, Business, Information Technology.  (Students can only undertake ONE traineeship in either Year 11 or 12)

SBATs, either Apprenticeship or Traineeship are suitable for students who know or have a very good idea of their pathway.

Stream 3: VETis

Student’s school program looks same as above: 3 days school, 1 day Certificate training, 1 day structured workplace learning (SWL)
The VETis program is a range of Certificate II level qualifications – essentially taster Certificates for students who are still unsure about their pathway and want to ‘experience’ entry level Certificate qualifications.

The suite of VETis offerings is vast. Most VETis Certificates take two years to complete, however a student is ONLY enrolled in a VETis each year. For example, a VETis Certificate II Electro Career Start takes two years to complete, but student is only enrolled in the first year and must apply to enrol in the 2nd year if they wish to complete the Certificate.

The reason the student is not automatically enrolled in the second year is because they may decide after doing the first year, this is not the industry they thought they wanted to have a career in and do not wish to undertake the second year. Successfully completing the first year (this includes 80% attendance and all units of work) will satisfy the Certificate component of the VCE Vocational Major.

The student can enrol in a different VETis in Year 12 if they wish.

VETis certificates run for the full year. If the student decides they don’t like it once they’ve started, they cannot leave the Certificate or move to another one. They must continue with the VETis until the end of the year or they risk not completing/receiving Year 12 Vocational Major Certificate (Year 12 pass).

If a student decides not to continue to the second year and have completed the full first year, they will receive a Statement of Attainment for units completed. This SoA will contribute towards the successful completion of Vocational Major (Industry strand only, students must complete all other requirements; school, SWL)

Enrolment timelines for VETis Certificates are VERY STRICT. Part one of the enrolment process is completion of online Dromana College enrolment. Parents will be emailed this enrolment form around September/October from our VETis coordinator Athena Gerostathos. Athena will enter the details you have supplied into the Chisholm portal, you will then receive an email from Chisholm with the final enrolment process.

YOU MUST complete this final step or your child WILL NOT secure a place in the VETis.
DO NOT ignore this email. Places in VETis are NOT guaranteed and are filled on a first come, first in basis as we are competing for places against all the secondary colleges on the Peninsula, Frankston and surrounds.

IF you do not hear anything about VET by October (2022) from the College or from your child, THEY ARE LIKELY NOT ENROLLED. Please contact Athena to organise enrolment. Athena.Gerosthathos@education.vic.gov.au

SWL Structured Workplace Learning
The SWL exposes students to industry specific work placement at a workplace chosen by them.
SWL is undertaken one day a week during the school year.
Ideally SWL should match your VETis ie: VETis Hairdressing, SWL with Hairdresser, so that what you are learning at TAFE you are able to put into practice in the SWL
SWL is driven by the employer – they decide how how long you have the SWL placement for – a term, a month, a year, a day
SWL minimum payment is $5 per day unless employer decides to pay you more. Not for profit businesses ie: schools, charities do not have to pay anything.
The legal SWL Ministerial Order 55 form MUST be completed by all parties before student can step onto/into any work place. Collect from Pathways office.
SWL Order removes Public Liability and Work Cover (for student) from the employer and onto the Department Education – provided the form is fully completed and returned to the Pathways office BEFORE student attends SWL

See the Pathways office for a full list of VETis, SBATs available for 2023

VCAL Horizons Program

The VCAL Horizons Program caters to students who may want to keep a University pathway option open in the future or who require higher level Mathematics for traditional type trades like Electrical/ Electrician.

To access the VCAL Horizons Program students must either receive a formal invitation to participate or can apply online. Academic performance in Year 10/11 is taken into consideration as well as the pathway plan the student is interested in pursuing.

Students in the VCAL Horizons Program will be required to complete a modified VCAL Program that incorporates VCE General Maths Unit 1/2 at Year 11 as well as the other compulsory VCAL requirements listed above.

VCAL Electives and VET Certificates

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