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Great Southern Grammar students have the opportunity to undertake study in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve. VET certificates are offered in Business, Hospitality, Sport and Recreation, Visual Arts and Music.
Other certificate-level courses can be studied through an arrangement with other registered training organisations (RTOs). RTOs are government approved training institutions or companies that comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) requirements. GSG students can also access courses run by other RTOs, including the Great Southern Institute of Technology.
The term Vocational Education and Training (VET) relates to vocational studies leading to nationally recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). These courses are divided into units of competency and are assessed to industry standards. VET helps Year Eleven and Twelve students in their transition from school to work and contributes to their opportunity to gain meaningful employment beyond school. Recognised VET programmes allow school students to reinforce and consolidate general learning in applied contexts. VET qualifications are recorded for the WACE.
A school-based traineeship combines school with structured training and employment. The scheme has been devised to give students the opportunity to start an industry-based career while still at school. It also allows students (typically in Year Eleven and Twelve) to achieve WACE while they train in an industry to achieve a nationally recognised vocational education and training qualification. Students complete, or partially complete, a Certificate II qualification while still at school.
A structured, employment-based training programme is covered by a legally binding employer-employee Training Agreement which is registered with the Department of Employment and Training. The Training agreement has a nominal duration, but students can complete their training in a shorter timeframe. The student is paid for on-the-job time in the workplace.
Students are asked to source their own traineeship, however any traineeships offered to the School will be offered to all students. The School is currently undertaking school-based traineeships in Hospitality as well as Building and Construction and these offerings will expand according to student need.