Vocational Education and Training

Vocational education and training (VET) provides skills and knowledge for work through a national training system. The system consists of a network of training providers that work together to provide nationally consistent training across Australia. The Trade Training Centre is proud to offer quality training at its facility through their RTO – the Association of Independent Schools. Not only do students work towards a VET qualification but they also complete a HSC subject.

St Columba currently offers the following VET subjects:

Hospitality (Commerical Cookery)
Do you want to be the next Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, or Gordon Ramsay? Is food your passion in life? The Trade Training Centre provides great opportunities to help you mix and whisk your way into Port Macquarie’s thriving hospitality industry – or maybe help you take on the world. Opportunities abound in restaurants, cafés, hotels, bistros, hospitals and cruise ships. Students will participate in the 240 hour Preliminary and HSC course. Depending on the pattern of study and the successfully completed units of competency, students may achieve a Statement of Competencies Achieved or a Certificate qualification. The purpose of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of kitchen functions and activities that require the application of a limited range of practical skills in a defined context. Work would be undertaken in various hospitality enterprises where food is prepared and served, including restaurants, hotels, catering operations, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops.

Electrotechnology
Spark up a great career in Electrotechnology at the Mid Coast Independent Trade Training Centre. This is a hi-tech industry which covers all aspects of electrical, electronic instrumentation and communication technologies. Offering an incredible future, demand for people to work in this dynamic industry has never been greater. This course is for people who want to enter the electrotechnology industry. The course covers competencies at work entry level providing grounding in safety and basic skills and knowledge for work in many electrotechnology disciplines.

Construction
One of the oldest trades of all time. If building is your thing then a qualification in General Construction can lead to a career in low or high rise commercial, industrial or residential building. The building industry is booming which makes it a lucrative career choice. This course is for people interested in general construction. You will learn how to produce quality work efficiently in the building and construction industry. The course content specifically meets the needs of the residential sector of the industry covering the basic skills and knowledge relevant to construction, maintenance and renovation practices. The course will include how to apply safe working practices and it will give you an understanding of the building industry in context. Learners will be able to pursue a career in building and construction from trade level and beyond to managerial level by articulating into post-trade courses, diploma, advanced diploma and university courses. Students will complete the 240 hour course. Only students who have completed the 240 indicative hours course will be eligible to sit for the HSC examination. Depending on the pattern of study and the successfully completed units of competency, students may achieve a Statement of Competencies Achieved or a Certificate qualification.

Entertainment Industry
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain a range of general skills and knowledge suitable for entry to employment in live production, theatre and events industries. The course comprises 13 compulsory units of competency and a selection of elective units of competency from the entertainment and music industries. The course is flexible, with students able to select units of competency from the entertainment and music industries. The compulsory units of competency represent the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes required for workers within the entertainment industry. The compulsory units of competency specifically address workplace communication, working with others in the industry, basic entertainment industry knowledge and working in culturally diverse environments. Electives include more specialised units of competency from the Entertainment Industry that contribute to Certificate III qualifications, for example technical general, costume, make-up, props, scenic art, sets, audio, lighting, staging, marketing and music. All students must undertake a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. This Curriculum Framework includes courses that are accredited for the HSC and provide students with the opportunity to obtain nationally recognised vocational qualifications.

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