VET / Pathways / Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Students have the opportunity to participate in VET Courses in areas of interest, gaining national formal qualifications, which also counts as credits towards completing their SACE. Students have access to the range of courses on offer by the Murraylands Student Pathways alliance, delivered by a range of different Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). Students either attend training day workshops or complete work online. At Mannum Community College our students are accessing courses with the help of the Australian Governments Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) which helps to subsidise training costs.  VET is a very important aspect to the success of our students future pathways and completion of the SACE.

Murraylands Student Pathways (M-SP)

  • A partnership made up of Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) secondary schools, provides a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to Year 10, 11 and 12 students in the Murraylands Region.
  • The job-related courses increase pathway options for students through the provision of VET choices linked to the Industry Pathways Program. In collaboration with the Lower Murray Trade Training Centre, M-SP provides curriculum and learning choices and support all students in government schools and non-government schools to achieve the SACE and to provide pathways that can support all students to further education, training and/or employment.
  • M-SP VET courses are hosted by the Lower Murray Trade Training Centre and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and are available for students from DECD and non DECD schools to enroll in. Students stay enrolled at their Home School, and attend the Host School or RTO for their M-SP VET course.

Registered Training Organisations (RTO) eg. TAFESA

Students have access to a range of courses funded through the TGSS system. Students undertaking the SACE have the ability to access the DSD Department of State Development initiative, Training guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS).  Students can access the courses face-to-face, through workshops and online learning platforms (Moodle).

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA’s)/ Flexible Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships are now available in more than 500 occupations nationally, in both emerging and well-established industries.

How much time does the Trainee or Apprentice spend away from school?
  • The minimum hours of employment and training (with the RTO) for a school-based
  • Apprentice or trainee are 5 hours per week, however this can be more if required by the employer.
  • Many students undertaking an ASBA will do less classroom subjects than their peers. This is because they are gaining SACE credits from their ASBA and do not need the credits from mainstream subjects.
  • Some students are able to complete their 8 hours after school and on weekends.
  • Some students may work full time and complete their school studies externally
What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and a Traineeship?

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are very similar, both offer training on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both and lead to a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

The main differences are:
  • Apprenticeships
    Trade based occupations, completed over 3 or 4 years full-time (e.g. mechanic, hairdresser, chef, carpenter, brick layer)
  • Traineeships
    All non-trade based occupations, completed over 1 or 2 years full / part time
    (e.g. real estate, finance, retail, multimedia, local government)
How does a VET course or an ASBA ‘count’ towards the SACE?

Every unit of competency that forms part of an ASBA Training Plan is allocated a certain number of “nominal hours”. For every 70 hours completed a student will gain 10 credits towards their SACE. Whether or not this can be counted towards Stage 1 or Stage 2 will depend on the Certificate Level being completed.

Completion of a Certificate 3 qualification whilst at school may provide the student with ATAR credit for University entrance.

MCC Senior School Senior Leader – Mr. Kieran Jaensch can assist and provide further information to students, parents, potential employers and the wider community on any of the above. Please don’t hesitate to make contact.

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