VET qualifications provide industry exposure and opportunities for experience in the workplace. VET, which stands for Vocational Education and Training, can strengthen a student’s education by giving them the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge.
Completing a VET subject as part of a student’s program is a great way to experience more hands-on learning, with the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification while still at school.
In 2023, we have 60 students across Years 11 and 12 completing a VET qualification as part of their program outside of OLMC. Some of the subjects studied include: Laboratory Skills, Animal Studies, Design Fundamentals, Beauty Services and Engineering Studies.
‘This year I am completing my Cert II in Animal Studies at Box Hill. So far, this course has been very engaging and would be very enjoyable to anyone who is interested in learning about animals and working with them in the future. This course has given me an opportunity to work hands-on with different animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, and even mice, as well as complete work placement to get a better feel for the animal industry I want to work in in the future. I am very excited to explore the different opportunities that I will have after I complete my course this year.’
Anastasia S. (12CSGP)
‘I am currently studying a Cert III in Design Fundamentals at Box Hill Institute. This course has given me guidance and clarity as to what I would like to pursue in a professional career post-school. Being in my second year of the course, VET has given me industry experience and knowledge which I can now apply in my work placement and future career. Going once a week to the institute is rewarding, as I know I am working towards a qualification and the real world.’
Charlotte A. (12CRIV))
OLMC also offers two VET courses here at the College, currently studied by 66 students: Sport and Recreation Certificate III and Allied Health Assistance Certificate III.
‘Year 2 Allied Health students have been learning the skills of taking a patient’s vital signs and other clinical measurements. These measurements are an important skill in their training and also form part of their Year 12 assessment.
Nathasha and Monique were using the hospital simulation room to practise setting up patients for the measurements and communication as a team. The skills involve ensuring patient’s medical notes are up-to-date and follow legal guidelines.’
Year 9 and 10 students may wish to consider a VET subject as an option in their senior years. Opportunities will arise later in the year to attend VET tasters, which give students the chance to see VET in action.