As part of your WACE, you are now able to study courses that not only contribute towards your WACE but also give you an industry recognised qualification when you complete that course.
The courses are called Vocational Courses and can be studied at school or through an external training provider (for example, TAFE).
These Vocational courses form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This is the national standard of training and means that a qualification you receive here, is recognised anywhere in Australia. The courses are also "Competency Based" - this means that you move through the course and achieve the relevant qualification by demonstrating that you have the knowledge and can perform the skills required for that qualification. So, the faster you can learn and demonstrate these, the quicker you can complete the qualification.
There are two ways that VET courses can contribute towards the WACE.
1. VET Industry Specific Courses:
These are are Authority-developed WACE courses where a full nationally recognised qualification is delivered and assessed according to industry specific standards with mandatory workplace learning included. Achievement of these qualifications will contribute towards the WACE as course units.
These courses will have a workplace learning component in them.
2. VET Credit Transfer:
This refers to any nationally endorsed qualification or nationally recognised
accredited course that is used by a student to contribute towards their WACE.
See me if you are interested in studying any of these courses and I will tell you what you have to do. I can also let you know what other courses might be available.
The fantastic thing about all these courses is that not only do they contribute towards your WACE, but you will also gain an nationally recognised industry qualification. This means that if you choose to go to TAFE when you leave school, and continue your study in that same area, you will be deemed to have completed part of that TAFE course already (you did it while still at school!).
Not only that, but employers see that qualification as being very valuable and it can really help you with getting a job.
School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships:
The VET courses can also form part of a School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship. School Based Apprenticeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship while at school. While studying for their WACE school based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their formal or off-the-job apprenticeship training. Both the on-the-job apprenticeship training undertaken by school based apprentices can contribute to their WACE.
For answers to all your questions on School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships, click here.
You can find further information on Vocational Education and Training courses at school here.