VET in Schools producing tradies

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools has been around for a long time and its popularity is on the rise.

Students in years 11 and 12 select frameworks such as Hospitality, Construction, Retail, Metals & Engineering, Business Services, Entertainment, Primary Industries, Tourism, Electrotechnology and Information & Digital Technology.

VET in Schools allows students to undertake these courses as part of the Higher School Certificate that provides credit towards a nationally recognised VET qualification.

It is compulsory for the students to undertake work placement and MWLP places some 6,000 students into the workplace each year.

500 businesses are registered with the MWLP Work Placement Program to host the students.

MWLP’s Work Placement Manager, Michael Everett says “We are always looking at new and exciting ways to provide work placement and recently came up with an initiative called VETsteddFOOD. We pitched the idea to Camden Council and were successful in receiving a grant through their 2018/2019 Community Small Grants Program.”

VETsteddFOOD showcases Entertainment and Hospitality students from local high schools who will perform and cook a two-course meal for seniors. Construction students will build sets, Business Services, Retail and Event students will assist with the organisation of the event. The students have also designed programs and menus.

This unique event showcases the variety of Vocational courses and pathways available to students whilst they are still at school.

It only took a phone call to one of their hosts, 32 Degrees Building who jumped at the offer to host Construction students to assist them build the sets for the event.

Six construction students attended work placement this week and impressed Adam McGilvray, Training & Development Manager, 32 Degrees Building. Adam said “The students have been outstanding. Their attitude and work ethic have been impressive.”

Alex Witton and Montanna Robinson are in Year 11 at St. Benedicts Catholic College and can definitely see a pathway for the future in Construction.

Alex (left) with Montanna

Lachlan Johnson and Noah Smith are in Year 11 at Mount Annan High School and are both interested in careers in Carpentry.

Lachlan (left) with Noah

Ethan Nicholson and Lachlan Burrows are in Year 11 at Magdalene Catholic High School. Ethan is intending to leave school at the end of the term and has an Apprenticeship in Carpentry underway. Lachlan really enjoys the hands-on work that this VET subject offers and has his sights set on an Apprenticeship as an Electrician.

Ethan (left) with Lachlan

All six students are intending to pursue a career in Construction.

Students with Adam McGilvray (32 Degrees Building) centre

Alistair Robertson, Managing Director, 32 Degrees Building is always on the lookout for his next apprentice and by hosting students he is able to assess them during the week they are with them. He says “We want to employ as many as we can and give them a proper introduction into the industry because we believe we are the best at what we do.”

MWLP’s Michael Everett added “Work Placement really is a win/win for both the student and host business. To see these kind of results is very rewarding”.

About MWLP:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

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