Career Development Centre

{besps}faculties/vet{/besps}The Career Development Centre provides a wide range of information for students considering their career options. We have a well-equipped careers information centre where we run a range of career education programs and conduct individual career counselling to ensure that all students have the opportunity to discover, consider, investigate, and explore future pathways.

Year 11 – 1CCAE
Year 12 – 1DCAE

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 world of work. This learning will be enhanced by access to workplace managers and employers, workplaces, work experiences and workplace learning.

These Career and Enterprise courses are designed to facilitate the achievement of four outcomes:

  • Career & Enterprise concepts – your personal career development, workplace practices, management of your resources
  • Career & Enterprise investigations – collect and analyse information about your career opportunities
  • Career development in a changing world – influence of technologies, and your values and attitudes upon your career opportunities
  • Being enterprising – how to make your career happen

To gain firsthand knowledge and experience, all students automatically participate in workplace learning 1A/1B (Year 11) and 1C/1D (Year 12), the practicum of C & E, whereby students engage in actual workplaces.


Automatically studied with Career and Enterprise Workplace Learning, 1AWPL and 1BWPL are the practical application component to Career and Enterprise 1C and a foundation for students hoping to enter Traineeships, Apprenticeships, TAFE and Tertiary Study. Students make Workplace Learning choices based upon their career test results and analysis undertaken in 1CCAE.

The particular emphases in the two units are as follows, with 1C leading to 1D
1C – Personal Career Management

  • identifying your career competencies
  • your self management
  • your strengths and weaknesses
  • introducing and using work search tools
  • general workplace organisation and structure
  • workplace rights and responsibilities
  • influences and trends
  • your career portfolio preparation
  • SWL work readiness interview
  • Practicum – Structured Workplace Learning (4 weeks)*
1D – Personal Independent Career Development

  • building your self image
  • interacting effectively with others
  • striving for independence
  • matching personal and work profiles
  • developing your career competencies
  • advanced work search tools
  • workplace practices and procedures
  • workplace training, codes of conduct and standards
  • impact of globalisation and change
  • Practicum – Structured Workplace Learning (4 weeks)*

Year 12

Automatically studied with Career and Enterprise

The industry specific focus of Year 12 Workplace Learning empowers students to make informed decisions regarding post school options such as Self Employment, Employment, Traineeships/Apprenticeships, TAFE, and Higher/Tertiary Education. Again it is the practical application of knowledge learned in Career and Enterprise 1D.

Over 530 businesses across our shire and elsewhere regularly provide exciting and valuable Workplace Training for our senior students each year. There is no better way to develop a network from which 80% of all job offers come.

Workplace Learning is usually completed during school time and is assessed by employers in partnership with the school. A total of four weeks per year is allocated to WPL, two weeks twice as part of CAE unit 1D. Once completed, Workplace Learning1C or 1D becomes a bonus unit contributing to Secondary Graduation.

University bound students can also choose to work with mentors in highly specialised fields. This mentoring often helps students decide on which universities and courses to focus on. Alternatively, experience gained in Hospitality and other placements can help university bound students secure part time work in the city.

It is automatic for all students studying Career and Enterprise 1D to undertake Workplace Learning 1CWPL & 1DCWPL as the applied practicum component.


= School + TAFE + Workplace Learning (WPL)

  • A great way to complete Year 11 and 12
  • Involve a mix of learning – a combination of education (school), training (studying TAFE units and courses) and accredited workplace experience.
  • TAFE studies replace some of your school subjects, and count towards secondary graduation
  • Allow students to gain Dual Certification – TAFE certificates as well as the high school graduation (WACE) certificate.
  • Enable students to make an early start to gaining post-school qualifications in chosen industry areas, gain credit for these and also gain enhanced entry opportunities for further study pursuits after leaving school, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY, if desired.
  • Engage students in work-related learning built upon partnerships between our school, TAFE, business/industry and the wider community
  • Any workplace experience is primarily managed through the Career and Enterprise classes and associated Workplace Learning Programs
  • Provide an enhanced, relevant and varied educational experience for students

You must be well motivated and able to organise yourself well during each week as you will need to keep up with some school work missed in your times out of the school; you will need to use the free periods from your reduced number of subjects to do some of this.


i.e: regular classes at Margaret River Education Campus, MRSHS or TAFE during the week , OR Bunbury TAFE 1or 2 days per week

  • Cert 2 Tourism
  • Cert 2 Business
  • Cert 2 Community Services (child care)
  • Cert 1 Automotive – one year only*
  • Cert 2 Rural Operations (viticulture, agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture)
  • Cert 2 Community Recreation
  • Cert 2 Outdoor Recreation (Surfing focus)
  • Cert 2 Information Technology
  • Cert 1 Engineering – one year only
  • Cert 2 Retail Operations
  • Cert 2 Retail Cosmetics – one year only



Students usually attend TAFE in Bunbury for one day per week (usually Friday) instead of school.

*May/may not include a workplace component

  • Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Certificate III in Teacher Assistant
  • Certificate IV in Residential Drafting (part-Course only – year 12 only
  • Certificate IV in Surveying (Mining and Engineering) (part-Course only – year 12 only
  • Certificate III in Information Technology and Bridging Course to Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Certificate IV in Health Science Foundation and pathway to Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) – leads to University-trained Registered Nursing


For students who have a DEFINITE career direction in mind they wish to explore in depth

A combination of:

  • EDUCATION – at school, studying fewer school subjects than usual
  • INDUSTRY TRAINING – conducted by TAFE
  • WORK – on-the-job extended Workplace Learning in chosen industry

SAL = 3 days at school per week – usually Monday to Wednesday

SBT = 4 days at school per week. Note: Paid work in SBT

  • Entry and selection by written application and interview.
  • Available to only a limited number of students each year.
Industry Areas involved include:
  • Children’s Services/Aged Care
  • Business/Clerical
  • Automotive (heavy & light vehicle, auto body finishing & repair, auto electrical)
  • Personal/Services (hairdressing)
  • Metals and Engineering (plant, fabrication & mechanical fitting)
  • Building and Construction (wall & floor tiling, bricklaying, carpentry & joinery, ceiling fixing, plastering)
  • Food (cooking, pastry cooking, bread making)

*several others may become available.

Qualifications achieved include (depending upon industry area):


  • Certificate I in General Construction
  • Certificate I in Automotive
  • Certificate I in Metals & Engineering
  • Certificate I in Hospitality
  • Certificate I in Furniture Trades
  • Certificate II in Hairdressing


  • Certificate II in an industry area


These are very specific to a student’s individual needs and may involve the student being the only one from MRSHS on a specific Program. Strong justification is required.