Vocational Pathways

As part of their learning experience at Underdale High School, students from Year 10 to Year 12 may consider participating in the VET opportunities we offer directly, or those we can assist them to access outside of the school. These programs are designed to help prepare students for the world of work and gain experience in the world of work whilst still at school. Participation in VET programs can open up a range of flexible future pathways for students and enable students to get a head start in their chosen career. Students gain a detailed understanding of a specific industry, develop a range of competencies and achieve nationally recognised qualifications.

What is VET?

VET is a way for you to experience the world of work in a range of occupations while still at school.
VET also includes developing specific industry-related skills through:
Off the job learning – at school or with another training provider and,
On the job learning – at one or more workplaces. This is known as Structured Workplace Learning (SWL).

What are the benefits of choosing VET?

You can:

  • Explore possible areas of interest which will help you make a decision about further study and work choices,
  • Gain nationally recognised VET qualifications, while completing your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE),
  • Receive credit towards Australian Apprenticeships (traineeships and apprenticeships), giving you a head start in your chosen career,
  • Find your senior school studies more relevant and interesting and
  • Learn ‘on the job’ while undertaking workplace learning, and gain skills and knowledge that employers want, increasing your opportunities for employment.

What is the difference between Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) and Work Experience?

Work Experience offers you a general taste of the world of work. You may observe different aspects of the work carried out and assist with tasks nominated by your supervisor / workplace provider. Year 10 students are involved in a Work Education program incorporating a weeklong Work Experience placement.
SWL enables you to gain specific skills on-the-job. The school and the participating workplace provider agree on these skills or ‘competencies’ beforehand. The skills reflect nationally recognised, industry defined competency standards, which have been developed by industry training bodies. Your workplace learning, as part of your VET program, will contribute to a nationally accredited Training Package and to the SACE.

How do VET programs fit into the SACE pattern?

The SACE curriculum pattern is a set of studies that you must undertake to qualify for the SACE. The curriculum pattern requires students to complete 200 credits of study.

VET can contribute to the SACE pattern in three ways:

  • Stand Alone VET is delivered as a subject in itself and can be studies at school or elsewhere. Successful completion of each VET unit is worth a set number of ‘nominal’ hours. The number of ‘nominal’ hours varies from unit to unit. Every 50 ‘nominal’ hours accumulated will contribute 1 SACE unit to the ‘free choice’ section of the SACE curriculum pattern,
  • Embedded VET is delivered from within a SACE subject,
  • SSABSA accredited VET courses are specifically designed with VET outcomes.
Both embedded VET and the SSABSA accredited VET courses can count as part of the compulsory Stage 1 or Stage 2 SACE pattern, or in the ‘free choice’ section.

What does Underdale offer in VET?

At Underdale High School we are committed to a range of VET opportunities, both within the classroom and as co-curricular training programs. Underdale High School has two highly specialised and widely respected programs in Sport and Recreation and Automotive. Opportunities also exist for students to obtain VET accreditation in the industry areas of Hospitality, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Massage and Tourism.

The Football Academy program provides a pathway for students to be accredited with the complete Certificate II in Sport and Recreation. More details of this program can be found at the Football Academy section of the website.
The Automotive program provides a pathway for students to complete Certificate I in Automotive and gain most of the units required for Certificate II in Automotive by the end of Year 12 or Stage 2 SACE. The program has close Industry Links with Hamilton Holden, CMI Toyota and Croydon TAFE (and the list is growing), and affords students opportunities to gain SWL placements that have lead to many Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (see below) and full time Apprenticeships. Our school has a reputation within the Automotive Industry for delivering a quality program resulting in excellent outcomes for students. This reputation is growing quickly as the program’s considerable expertise and resources grow each year. For more information about the program, please contact Mr Don Pappageorgiou, Automotive Program Manager, at school.

Additional VET Opportunities

Students can access additional opportunities through the Western VET Partnership, including:
  • Business Services
  • Electro-technology
  • General Construction (Building and Civil)
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Community Services
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality (Kitchen Operations and Food & Beverage)
  • Information Technology, Media and Studio Recording
  • Mining
  • Racing (Stable-hand)
  • Retail and Tourism
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Transport
To find out more detailed information about each program, please go to http://www.wats.sa.edu.au/ (and click on ‘Regional VET Programs’).
Our VET and Pathways Coordinator will also be able to give you more information about Regional VET programs and School-Based Apprenticeships.

Australian School-Based Apprenticeships

Senior students are able to attain their SACE while they train in their chosen industry area, and get paid as part of an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship. These students are able to undertake a combination of industry training, on the job experience and a modified school load. These programs are available in a range of industry areas and are highly valued as they improve students’ chances of future employment, contribute towards the completion of a full apprenticeship, gain SACE accreditation and provide them with a part-time job! For more information, https://training.gov.au/ is a useful Website to visit.