VET and Workplace Learning
Senior School Students at Belridge Secondary Education Support Centre have the opportunity to enrol in nationally recognised VETis courses.
On Campus Courses
Certificate I Agrifoods
Year 10 students participate in this course which is currently facilitated by a North Metro TAFE trainer on the Belridge Secondary ESC campus each week. Students complete practical components in the school’s garden, ‘The Patch’.
Certificate I Transport and Logistics
This course is run for Year 11 students on campus one day per week by trained staff at BSESC. Students are given an introduction into warehousing operations including manual handling, packing and receiving goods and workplace health and safety.
Certificate I Work Preparation and Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
These two courses are run for Year 12 students, on campus by trained staff at Belridge Secondary ESC. Students develop foundation workplace skills such as health and safety, basic communication and customer service.
From 2018 students will also have the opportunity to participate in a barista skills unit within the certificate II course and will continue to operate their weekly cafe program on campus.
Students who are interested in developing these skills may have the opportunity to be placed in SWL in this area and may also have access to other short courses as they become available.
Off Campus Courses
Try a Trade Opportunities
Each term, local training providers where possible, give opportunities to some Year 9 and 10 students to ‘Try a Trade’. This three day introductory construction course allows students to learn basic skills and gain interest in this area. Students can apply for places as they become available to the school, although parents are responsible for transport to and from the venues.
VET in Schools (VETiS )Certificate II Courses at North Metro TAFE
Students in Year 11 and 12 may also be given the opportunity to apply for VETiS programs within local Tertiary Training Providers at North Metro TAFE in Joondalup and Clarkson. Eligible students may begin the application process at the end of Year 10 for the following year.
Students will need to meet the entry requirements and have an interest and personal commitment to attend each week. Selection of students is made by North Metro TAFE and parents and the school will be notified on a successful application at the end of the current year for placement the following year.
Courses offered of Certificate II level and are limited to sectors with current skills shortages. Successful students will be required to attend training off campus one day per week and will need to purchase any equipment requirements.
Senior School Students at Belridge Secondary ESC participate in Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) programs. Our school has excellent community connections and we currently work alongside various local businesses to provide work and training opportunities which cater for our student’s individual needs and assist in their transition to independence and life after school.
Year 10 Program
In Year 10 students are introduced to SWL by participating in a work experience placement one day a week for part of Term 3. This is a supported program that provides a smooth transition to Year 11 SWL. Year 10 classes spend their first semester preparing for this program through Community Access excursions and specific course work to develop basic Employability Skills.
Year 11 Program
Year 11 students attend workplace learning one day per week assisted by an Education Assistant. Students generally work in pairs at a workplace that is allocated in consultation with the class teacher and VET Coordinator. Individual student ability and interests as well as workplace availability are considerations for the placement. All Year 11 students maintain a SWL logbook of the ADWPL endorsed course with WACE accreditation. Students need to log a minimum of 55 hours’ work experience and complete 10 questions from the skills journal to achieve one unit with WACE. Students who are not able to complete all aspects gain a participation acknowledgement.
Year 12 Program
In Year 12, the SWL program increase to two days of work experience per week. Again, individual student ability and interests as well as workplace availability are considerations for the placement.
Students begin the year supported by an Education Assistant and may become independent as their competence and abilities allow. This may involve independent travel to the workplace and occasional visits from staff. Regular contact is made with the employer during the term.
In second semester, as part of the Transition to Beyond School, Year 12 students will be able to access work trials as they become available. This will be through local agencies and employers who are willing to offer these opportunities.
ASDAN Workright is also offered as an alternative to the ADWPL WACE program. Students will be placed in consultation with class teachers and the VET Coordinator.