The transition from school to employment can be a tricky path to navigate. School transition programs, such as the School Based Apprentice and Traineeship Program, are an excellent tool to help facilitate the smooth transition to full time employment in an ever changing environment.
This program allows students to participate in employment 1 day a week while gaining a nationally recognised qualification, typically Certificate II or III. These are available in a wide range of vocations; the only limiting factor is initially gaining employment in a field that students wish to pursue.
Identifying potential career choices for a young person can be an overwhelming task. Through the Work Experience Program students are able to make informed decisions regarding their career choices. They can experience a variety of vocations which would not necessarily be available once leaving school. We encourage all students wishing to define what career they wish to pursue to participate in a structured work experience placement whilst they are attending school.
The Work Experience Program has many benefits for the participants including developing an appreciation of transferable skills achieved through hard work and commitment in all facets of their life. Also, students can pinpoint a potential employer that may support them as a school based apprentice or trainee and hence a smooth transition from school to work.
Other programs such as TAFE and University programs provide an excellent framework in developing the required industry skills and knowledge to assist students’ progression to employment post school studies.
West Moreton Anglican College in conjunction with Universities and surrounding TAFE institutions allow students in Years 11 or 12 the opportunity to enrol in courses during their senior years ranging from Certificate courses to Diploma level courses. Upon completion of Year 12 these courses allow the students transition to either gainful employment or continue their vocational studies; foremost students are experiencing a substantial kick start to their career.
Available certificates in 2017 at WestMAC are:
- Certificate I Construction
- Certificate II in Manufacturing Technologies
- Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
- Certificate II in Hospitality
- Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
- Certificate III in Rural Operations
- Certificate III in Fitness
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
- Certificate III in Sports and Recreation
- Diploma of Business – Careers Australia