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VET DELIVERED TO SECONDARY STUDENTS RESOURCES

To support the Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework, a number of practical tools and resources have been developed to support schools and teachers in the provision of high quality vocational education and training (VET) and career education programs. Resources include:

  • a series of videos case studies showcasing good practice examples of schools supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students to successfully transition to post-school destinations
  • inspiring videos of Australian School-based Apprentices talking about their experiences
  • videos and case studies highlighting innovative examples of schools working in collaboration with employers, training and higher education providers in the provision of their VET programs
  • the career education and VET self-assessment tools to support schools to plan, implement and review programs.

Kimberley Budgen (Certificate III in Business Administration), ACT

Kimberley Budgen says her school-based business administration apprenticeship provided invaluable leadership, communication, and teamwork skills that have set her up for life. She now works as a policy officer at the Department of Education.

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Hoxton park High School, NSW

More than 70% of Hoxton Park High School’s students are from non-English speaking backgrounds. Located in Sydney’s Western suburbs, the school offers seven VET programs that aim to provide school leavers with a clear learning pathway.

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Hana Chapman-Speering (Certificate III in Aged Care), ACT

After a week of work experience in an aged care facility Hana Chapman-Speering discovered her passion. A school-based apprenticeship allowed her to gain qualifications in aged care and follow her chosen career path.

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Halls Head College, WA

Halls Head College, WA, has over 1300 students and offers 14 on site VET programs to help prepare students for finding work in an area where unemployment rates are generally high.

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Gunbalanya School, NT

Located in remote West Arnhem Land, this innovative independent public school targets local industry requirements when developing vocational pathways. 

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Guilford Young College, TAS

Tasmania’s only co-ed Catholic senior secondary college is a training centre formed in partnership between eight Catholic colleges to deliver VET to secondary students.

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Gemma Hartwig (Certificate III in Mechanical Engineering (Diesel Fitter), QLD

Like many teens, Gemma Hartwig didn’t like school, until careers counselling helped her discover an aptitude for mechanics. She started a school-based apprenticeship and now loves her job as a diesel fitter.

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Follow the Dream Program

Discover how the Follow the Dream program is helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students complete Year 12 and pursue post-school study and training. 

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Fact sheet 5 - Job pathways

This factsheet is designed to help educators inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to pursue quality vocational learning and VET courses.

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Fact sheet 4 - Improving post-school transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students – cultivating aspiration, self-esteem and belonging

Focusing on students’ cultural and personal strengths can heighten academic and career expectations.

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Fact sheet 3 - Improving post-school transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students – two-way learning and community engagement

Two-way learning is where both teachers and students grow in cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity.

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Fact sheet 2 - Improving post-school transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students – the need for flexibility

Flexibility that recognises diverse learners and the need for differentiated learning strategies.

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National Careers Institute

Future Ready is part of the work being done by the Australian Government's National Careers Institute.

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