Vocational Education and the Career Development Centre

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The Career Development Centre (CDC) is a hub designed to provide services and information to the whole school community. The team within the Centre believe the best decisions are made with quality information and therefore we provide students, parents and teachers with relevant and current information.  Through the Centre we also provide coaching and counselling sessions and conduct industry specific talks.  Parents are always welcome to visit the Career Centre to discuss and explore options available for their student including: entry requirements, alternative pathways, and academic, social and personal considerations of continuing levels of education.

The Career Development Centre also organises opportunities for students to visit Career Expo’s, attend University Open Days, participate in Industry Specific information sessions and attend Industry Specific Career Workshops at school with visiting guest speakers such as the Australian Defence Force, WA Police Recruitment, Nursing etc.

Work Experience/Work Placements

As part of our Career and Enterprise Course, individual work placements are organised through the CDC office, providing students with hands on experience in a wide range of occupations. These opportunities give students the chance to explore expectations of the workplace and build an awareness of their skills and abilities.

The CDC at MRSHS encourages many aspects of personal discovery and decision-making. Through a wide range of services, provided by the CDC team members, and some outside agencies, students will be able to explore potential career and training pathways.

Vocational Education

Students at MRSHS have a variety of ways to obtain Vocational Training.
We offer 6 Certificate courses on site delivered by our trained staff – most delivered over a two year period.

  1. Certificate III in Visual Art
  2. Certificate II in Business
  3. Certificate II in Sports Coaching
  4. Certificate II in Outdoor Education
  5. Certificate II in Information Technology
  6. Certificate II in Rural Operations (Farm and Viticulture focus) – 1 year delivery

Students also have the opportunity to apply for VET in School (VETis) courses delivered through South Regional TAFE (SRTAFE).
In 2017 students had the opportunity to apply for the following courses commencing in 2018:

  1. Certificate II Electro -Technology
  2. Certificate II Building and Construction (Trades Pathway)
  3. Certificate II Retail Cosmetics and Make Up
  4. Certificate II Engineering
  5. Certificate II Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)
  6. Certificate IV Preparation to Nursing
  7. Certificate III Hospitality
  8. Certificate II Financial Services
  9. Certificate II Conservation and Land Management
  10. Certificate III in Accounts Administration

There are minimal requirements for all courses but entry is highly competitive. Please explore the SRTAFE website for additional information, course pre-requisites and course content.  www.southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au

Students completing Pre-Apprenticeship in School (PAIS) courses continue their studies at school whilst attending SRTAFE and/or the workplace TWO days per week.
Students are required to submit a formal application in Term 3 to be considered for enrolments into VETis/PAIS.
Selection will be based on academic achievement, attendance, attitude, performance at the interview, preparation of a resume portfolio and a genuine interest in the industry.

 

Workplace Learning Endorsed Program

The Workplace Learning Endorsed Program provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work (often referred to as generic, transferable or employability skills).  Developing competence in workplace skills assists an individual to gain employment, progress within the organisation or industry area in which they are employed, and to contribute successfully to the organisation’s objectives and to the wider community.  Students must record the number of hours completed and tasks undertaken in the SCSA Workplace Learning Logbook – the total number of hours completed in the workplace contributes to students WACE Achievements.  Every 55 hours in WPL give the students 1 unit equivalent once both Logbook and Skills Journal are completed.

Career and Enterprise (WACE General Course)

The Career and Enterprise course aims to provide all students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to be enterprising managers of their own career development in a constantly changing digital and global work of work.
The Career and Enterprise Course is compulsory for all students enrolled in less than 4 ATAR Courses.

Career and Enterprise – G1CAE Unit 1

This unit enables students to increase their knowledge of work and career choices and identify a network of people and organisations that can help with school to work transitions. The focus on this unit is exploring my world and its connections.

Career and Enterprise – G2CAE Unit 2

This unit explores the attributes and skills necessary for employment and provides students with the opportunity to identify their personal strengths and interests and the impact of these on career development opportunities and decisions.

Career and Enterprise – GTCAE Unit 3

This unit is about adopting a proactive approach to securing and maintaining work and it involves self-management, using work search tools and techniques, developing career competencies and accessing learning opportunities.

Career and Enterprise – GTCAE Unit 4

This unit explores issues associated with career management, workplaces and influences and trends in times of change. Change can be analysed and the information used to inform strategies associated with self-management, career building and personal and professional learning experiences. Work, training and learning experiences provide opportunities to extend students’ knowledge and skills in anticipation of responding to change and maintaining an edge. These experiences are documented in career portfolios, using an increasing range of information technology skills. The focus of this unit is personal independent career development. Opportunities are provided to develop career competencies in preparation for becoming employees.

How will Career and Enterprise Courses help students in the future?

Students will use the latest career development computer software and have access to a wide range of career counselling resources. Career and Enterprise provides students with the skills and knowledge to support any career pathway (University, TAFE, Apprenticeships, Traineeships or full time employment).

Career development learning for the modern world recognises that careers are about life, work and learning. It is a lifelong process, whereby wide exposure to experiences of work, career and enterprise learning is of increasing relevance to students in a constantly changing workplace.

Career and Enterprise courses are particularly useful for students who are unsure of what career to choose in the future.

Several guest speakers will address the students to broaden their outlook and networks and expose them to industries and opportunity unknown to the students. Students also participate in mock interviews in both Year 11 and 12 to prepare them for this often daunting process.

Please see the link for the Upper School Student Handbook for further information on each of the courses.