Schools, training providers, parents and students will benefit from a series of new videos and case studies that highlight best practise in delivering vocational education and training (VET) in secondary schools.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the resources, available from today on the Preparing Secondary Students for Work (PSSFW) website, were part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to raising the status of VET.
“The 17 new case studies showcase different approaches to the delivery of VET to secondary students and provide practical solutions to some of the challenges schools experience in delivering VET programs,” Minister Andrews said.
“The videos cover a range of school settings across metropolitan, regional and remote areas and include a range of industry sectors.”
In one video, students from Halls Head who demonstrated strong skills in communication, planning and hands on experience were praised by an industry leader for possessing the skills to transition into the workplace and meet the the needs of employers in the 21st century.
Minister Andrews said 10 Australian School-based Apprentices (ASbAs) would also feature in video interviews highlighting the benefits of doing an apprenticeship at school and the employment pathways they offer.
Sammy Massih who undertook an ASbA in Hospitality at Hellyer College in Tasmania, said the most rewarding part of an Australian School-based Apprenticeship was being surrounded by supportive, passionate people in the industry.
“I’ve had great support from my school, registered training organisation and employer on top of the theory that we learnt at school. The hands-on training is very rewarding,” Miss Massih said.
Minister Andrews said the PSSFW website also included interactive tools such as the VET self-assessment tool for schools and Career education self-assessment tool to help schools plan, implement, and review their programs.
“The website and resources support the Preparing Secondary Students for Work framework which was developed in partnership with schools, industry, and training representatives and endorsed by all state and territory education ministers,” Minster Andrews said.
Minister Andrews said the Turnbull Government has also committed $3 million for the development of a new National Career Education Strategy to make sure young people are work-ready and prepared for life beyond school.