All Vocational Education Courses for this year will begin in the next few weeks and letters from most Registered Training Organisations have been sent to students outlining venue, start date and times. Emails have also been sent via SEQTA with this information. Please contact myself or Mrs Tidd if you have any questions. Invoices will be sent from our Accounts Department during this Term.
Students are reminded that it is a privilege to undertake a VET Course and it is vital that organisational structures are in place to juggle both school and VET studies. This includes making the most of the study periods allocated to VET students to assist them in keeping up with any work missed while undertaking their course. Students cannot use VET as an excuse for missing assignment deadlines.
The Registered Training Organisation FCTA (Flexible Construction Training and Assessment), is offering a six week program for motivated and committed students who want to start a career as a Bricklaying Apprentice. Participants need to be physically fit and must have or be in the process of obtaining a driver’s licence. There is an information session on Tuesday 2 February at Munno Para and registration is required to attend via Anne Howarth on 8367 5615. Please see me urgently for more information.
ASC Shipbuilding School Based Apprenticeship
Congratulations to Darcy Conry (11PC-01) who has been successful in gaining a School Based Apprenticeship with ASC Shipbuilding. ASC Shipbuilding (owned by BAE Systems Australia) delivers the Hunter Class Frigate Program – the largest surface ship building project in the history of our nation. The industry-led Shipbuilding Readiness Program allows students to complete their SACE, while gaining a head start on their transition to employment in the defence industry. The Shipbuilding Readiness Program forms one of the first of the SA Government’s ‘Flexible Industry Pathways’ projects to begin taking students. There were many applicants for this Certificate 3 in the Engineering and Fabrication Trade and we are thrilled that Darcy was successful. He joins fellow SMC students Ronan O’ Donnell (12PC-04) and Max Bowen (11PC-02) (acknowledged in past newsletters) in this industry pathway.
Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator
YEAR 12 CAREERS PRESENTATION
On Thursday, Year 12 students attended a presentation from the two College Career Counsellors, Rose Coorey and Anthony Vizaniaris. The very detailed PowerPoint can be accessed on the black and green Careers and VET tile on SEQTA and then through the Important Information Tab / Year 12 Presentations. Much of this information will be further explained to students as the year goes on but serves as an overview for now. Students wishing to have a one on one careers appointment are invited to visit the LEC desk and book in a time over the coming weeks. Alternatively, students may wish to email one of the Counsellors directly with a question.
YEAR 10 – 12 INTRODUCTION TO THE UCAT PATHWAY FOR MEDICINE, DENTISTRY AND ORAL HEALTH
Students are invited to bring their lunch to room LEC03 this coming Wednesday 3 February, to hear about pathways into these courses and find out about opportunities to prepare for the UCAT: University Clinical Aptitude Test. Students from Years 10 – 12 may be interested in attending this session. After attending this session, students with broader questions will be invited to email one of the Counsellors. The UCAT is a compulsory part of eligibility for nearly all of these courses around Australia. Whilst only Year 12 students can sit for it, students in lower year levels may wish to consider early preparation for this journey. Interested Year 12 students will be encouraged to register for the UCAT as soon as it opens on Monday 1 March to secure a preferred time in July. Please click here for more information.
To be eligible for consideration Australia wide Year 12 English, Chemistry and Maths Methods, keep all options open, but note many courses have no pre-requisites.
WORK EXPERIENCE 2021
Mr Vizaniaris coordinates the Work Experience program. This coming Monday 1 February from 1:00 pm he will be presenting a compulsory session for any student in Year 11- 12 who wishes to consider doing work experience in 2021. The session will be repeated on Wednesday for those that cannot make the Monday session. There have been instructions in the Daily Notices on SEQTA and via email as to how students register for the session. There are set weeks in the school holidays when students can undertake approved Work Experience. Please note students should not prearrange a placement without first consulting with Mr Vizaniaris.
Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors