Certificate courses are designed for students who are thinking about enrolling in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) after they finish school or for students hoping to enter the workforce straight from school.
VET courses involve the training in skills and the teaching of knowledge related to a specific trade or occupation.
There are three ways that a student can participate in VET Courses whilst at North Albany Senior High School.
Certificates are delivered at school through the normal timetable by arrangement with a Registered Training Organisation. Currently NASHS uses South Regional TAFE to auspice courses.
Teaching and assessment is done by teachers at NASHS who possess the relevant qualifications in their subject area and hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
NASHS delivers the following certificates by this method:
Certificate I/II in Business
This qualification will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to perform a range of administrative tasks including word processing, developing spreadsheets and operating a range of general office equipment. It prepares students for careers in office administration; reception duties; and an introduction into running their own business. It can also lead to further study in Certificate III and IV in Business which is a skill-based entry pathway to university study.
Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
This qualification provides students with a wide range of employability and life skills such as general maths; word processing; spreadsheets; letter writing; budgeting and savings; career planning and organisational skills. This programme is run in conjunction with a Workplace Learning programme which gives students practical work experience in one day per week.
Certificate II in Hospitality
This qualification has been commenced at NASHS in a purpose build facility on the NASHS site. The course provided students with skills in specialised equipment use, preparation and service of café foods, communication with industry and customers, barista and drink service, safety and hygiene. The certificate is delivered over two years.
Students attend TAFE one day per week to complete a certificate. Some of these courses have a mandatory workplace learning component, which means that students will be away from school two days per week.
Entry to these courses is determined by TAFE following a rigorous selection process. Students are expected to have C grades in English and Maths and have an interest and aptitude for the course they apply for.
The certificates available through this method of study can be subject to change each academic year.
Some examples of profile courses are:
Certificate II in Automotive – Light/Heavy
Certificate II in Building and Construction
Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
Certificate II in Plumbing
Certificate II in Health Support Services
Certificate II in Horticulture
Certificate II in Hospitality
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics
Certificate II in Salon Assistant
Certificate II in Tourism
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Certificate III in Education Support
Certificate IV in Preparation for Nursing
Students apply for traineeships through Group Training Organisations such as ATC WorkSmart and Worklink. Students complete a work placement one day per week and complete a certificate relevant to that work placement. Obtaining a school-based traineeship is a competitive process and there are limited opportunities each year.