Vocational Services Report
Work Experience Program – not just for Year 10s!
Work Experience is crucial to future employment opportunities as it demonstrates a willingness to work, develops skills, increases confidence, provides insights into workplaces, as well as creating contacts and referees for future employment. It doesn’t really matter what the job is, the best thing that students can do to make themselves employable as adults is get a part time job as a student to develop their interpersonal skills, communication skills, problem solving and employability skills, and the best way to get a job is complete some work experience whilst at school! The skills that employers are looking for are critical thinking, digital literacy, problem solving and creativity – all capabilities of our SACE and cornerstones of our existing PLP program at Year 10.
All students are welcome to complete extra Work Experience, in fact students hoping to enter Medicine, Vet Bioscience and Dentistry must be doing extra placements. To complete an extra work experience placement students must complete a WHS 'refresher' via Career Tools. All the forms are on Career Tools, under the Workplace Learning banner. We require at least three business days’ notice to process the documents.
Year 10 Work Experience
A reminder to Year 10 parents that Work Experience forms are due in by 3 April. Despite the forms being designed to be completed electronically, we understand that some employers may struggle with this. If forms need to be printed and scanned as a PDF that is fine.
We need BOTH the WHS Checklist and the Learning Agreement Form in order to process the application.
Order of completion:
- All forms as well as the information for providers should be sent out to providers to read, fill in and sign.
- Parents read and if happy, sign. Students sign.
- The College will review forms, complete Risk Assessments and sign.
- Copies are sent to all parties.
It is important that all forms are returned on time to ensure that mandatory Risk Assessments and possible Police Checks can be completed in a timely manner.
Vocation Education Training (VET) and SACE at Saint Ignatius’ College
VET, and the importance of students choosing the correct pathway for post school training, has been in the news lately. It would appear that generally speaking, some students and parents may opt for a university pathway for their child, sometimes at the detriment of their young person’s long-term career options. VET and TAFE should not be seen as a ‘second choice’ or Plan B pathway, but as a legitimate pathway in its own right. Ron Maxwell, from VERTO – a VET RTO, outlines some of the advantages of VET, often alongside University study, stating, “At the end of the day, this is not a university vs. VET argument, it’s about finding the right pathway that will suit your child's abilities and interests and give them the best chance at a fulfilling career. Study and career decisions made when leaving school can impact your child for a long time to come. All parents want their children to succeed, and one of the ways to facilitate that could be in considering a wider range of career and study options.” (Maxwell, 2019)
At Saint Ignatius’ College, students can undertake VET courses in Year 11 and 12, and these can be pursued internally or externally. Support in program selection is offered through extensive course counselling to guide students in their exploration and pursuit of a career path, and to ensure that subjects studied enhance and maximise the success of completion of the SACE. Students access a broad range of courses from various RTOs, and the College is a member of the East Adelaide School Cluster (EASC), which offers VET programs across several eastern region schools as well as our own Certificate III in Film and Media.
We can also help plan pathways into apprenticeships and trades. The Careers Market will host several trade organisations and training providers such as PEER, MTA, Apprenticeships Australia, Naval Shipbuilding College, as well as individual trades.
In addition, during Careers Week (18 May) we will host a parent information evening run by Career Designs which will outline the many and varied pathways open to students. Keep an eye out for the Edsmart to register your interest as places will be limited.
To access the College’s VET offering please go to Career Tools, click on SACE, then follow the link to the VET page and click on the red tab.
Career Tools can be accessed via the yellow careers button on the SEQTA dashboard. For more information on VET courses and how your child can access them, please contact the College’s VET coordinator, Ms Linda De Poi on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on any of the above please contact Mrs Lisa McDonald on email@example.com
University of Adelaide STEM Academy Launch Event
Following the success of the Science Academy in recent years, the University of Adelaide have now built on this program and will be relaunching the initiative as STEM Academy. The STEM Academy is a joint program that spans across the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. We believe that by expanding the scope of the program we can strengthen the understanding of students of the outstanding career opportunities that exist for students who have a passion for STEM subjects.
We would encourage Year 12 students to register for their Early Conditional Offer program:
University of Adelaide will be holding an official launch of this new initiative on 24 March 2020. The event will cover a range of information and give a chance for yourself to seek clarification from the team.
• Details on Year 12 Early Conditional Offers
• Events schedule throughout the year
• Workshop demonstrations
• Campus tours
Members of the wider school community are invited to this event to gain an understanding of the exciting opportunities that the STEM academy will provide them.
For more details on the STEM Academy visit: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/stem/academy
Le Cordon Bleu Residential Program
Le Cordon Bleu are opening their doors to high school students in Years 11 and 12, to experience a ‘day in the life’ at one of the world’s leading culinary and hospitality institutions to provide a taste of what a future career in global hospitality will be like.
Meet lecturers and Le Cordon Bleu professionals, hear from industry experts, discover what Le Cordon Bleu hospitality management degree programmes involve and experience hands-on culinary arts with chefs. Inquire now about this residential designed to take your passion for hospitality, gastronomy and management to the next level ...and join Le Cordon Bleu in April, July or September!
Go to https://www.cordonbleu.edu/adelaide/three-day-career-residential/en for more information and to register.