Transition from school to the workplace is a much more complicated and involved process than it was 10 years ago. Students have many more options, opportunities and pathways to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Students are being encouraged to stay at school for longer to ensure successful outcomes as well as gain appropriate training to enter the workplace with established employability skills or an academic background to follow a university course or higher tertiary training. Students must become familiar with the options available to them during the Post Compulsory years of secondary schooling and how these can be integrated to give them the best opportunities when they leave school.
Two Senior Certificates are available: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Within the VCE, students complete a more traditional range of subjects, curriculum and assessment processes. The VCAL includes more vocationally orientated subjects which have a more practical approach to classroom and assessment outcomes.
Within both the VCE and VCAL Certificates students can gain credit for doing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject to complement their workplace aspirations in the VCAL or gain credit towards their VCE and Further Tertiary training.
The School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) is a program that is available to secondary school students. Students complete the nationally accredited certificate while being employed on a basic wage for one day during the school week. They may do their theory during the holidays or on a set time in the school timetable. Students who wish to combine an SBAT with their school studies must have arrangements for an employer to provide an ongoing work placement.