Vocational Education and Training
Mount Alvernia College
Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 41391).
The College’s curriculum offers Authority subjects, Authority-registered subjects, and Vocational Education and Training courses. Those students who have not selected subjects to obtain an Overall Position (OP) undertake the Tertiary and Industry Pathway (TAIP) and can select a range of subjects within the school curriculum, including a combination of Authority, Authority- registered, and Vocational Education and Training courses.
Vocational Education at Mount Alvernia College typically encompasses these main areas:
- Authority-registered Study Area Syllabus (SAS ) Courses combined with;
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate courses at Mount Alvernia College
- Structured Workplace Learning/Work Experience
- School based Apprenticeships & Traineeships
- Study at a TAFE College or other VET Provider
Mount Alvernia College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No 41391), and is able to offer nationally recognised VET certificates to students as part of their everyday curriculum. There has been significant growth in this area within the College. Students are given opportunities in a number of pathways to further study or gain employment upon completion of the senior phase of learning. The list of VET certificate courses offered on campus can be found here.
Assessment in VET certificates is competency-based. Competency-based assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments on whether or not the student can consistently demonstrate knowledge and skill, and the application of that knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace.
An important part of this program is the opportunity to be involved with local industry through work placement.
NB: VET Certificate Courses are offered by the College subject to meeting registration, human and physical requirements of each certificate.
Structured Work Placement and Work Experience
Structured Work Placement gives students experience in the workplace. Those students completing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate, where it is a requirement to have some time in the industry, will complete a certain number of hours/shifts in the workplace.
Work Experience is not a subject as such. At certain times in the year, students attend a workplace in an industry of their choice to investigate the expectations, skills, and work environment of this career. It also allows them the opportunity to trial a number of different industries or workplaces over the two-year period.
Students choosing the Industry-Based Pathway can select work experience so that they can be released to pursue work options. These options may include work experience, or an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).
There is no assessment in this course. However, the outcomes are that students develop a clear understanding of the work environment, educational expectations, and daily requirements for the industry of their choice. They also understand clearly the work ethic involved in most workplaces. It is expected that, by the end of the two years, students have a clear idea of the industry that they intend to pursue at the end of Year 12. ( It is a possibility that students may acquire an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship during Year 11 or early Year 12 in the industry of their choice and therefore fast-track their career while still finishing Year 12 and gain the four credit points towards their QCE.) Work Experience alone receives no credit towards a QCE.
For each placement or work experience, students will complete placement application forms indicating the vocational area in which they wish to work. Once they are placed, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the agreement form is completed with the following signatures:
and return to school before placement occurs.
Furthermore, the College also supports students in the Defence Work Experience Program. For more details please visit www.defence.gov.au/workexperience
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT’s) help young people to go places, whether that’s a full-time job, a trade career, university, TAFE or other training. The workplace skills and confidence they gain during their SAT provide a solid foundation for any career.
SAT’s allow students to work as paid employees and obtain nationally recognised qualifications, all while at school.
Some of the advantages of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships include:
More flexibility and variety
The variety provided by SAT’s can have enormous benefits for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways.
Head start in a career
Young people employed as school-based apprentices and trainees develop workplace skills, knowledge and confidence and have a competitive edge when applying for jobs. A SAT can lead directly to full-time employment once a student has left school.
Nationally recognised qualifications
All school-based apprentices and trainees participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher qualification which can count towards the student’s Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
An opportunity to learn and earn
School based apprentices and trainees are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence, and adapt to a work environment. It gives the student the opportunity to put skills learnt at school into practice in a real work environment.
Contributing to the community
Employers who take on school-based apprentices and trainees can make a real difference by motivating young people to work towards their future goals and giving them a realistic exposure to your industry or sector.
Employers and supervisors often experience a great deal of satisfaction during the process as they help individuals mould new skills and gain confidence in a work environment.
Study at a TAFE College or other VET providers
Students at the college can also study Vocational Education and Training certificate courses at some TAFE colleges. The details of these courses can be found on the TAFE at School website or by contacting the Careers/VET Office at the College. Students may elect to undertake a TAFE course in Year 11 or delay until Year 12. It must be noted though that some course do run over three (3) semesters and must be commenced in Year 11. Details of these courses are listed in the Senior Subject Handbook 2017.
Students wishing to undertake a career in Nursing can undertake the Mater Dual Health Certificate Program through Mater Education Limited (RTO Number: 5210). This course runs through the latter part of Year 11 through Year 12.
Complaints and Appeals Policy
Any person wishing to make a complaint against the College concerning its conduct as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), whether a complaint, appeal or other matter, shall have access to the complaints and appeals procedure. Complaints include conduct of the RTO, its trainers, assessors, or other staff; a third party providing services on the RTO’s behalf, its trainers, assessors or other staff; or a student of the RTO. An appeal can be a request for a review of decisions, including assessment decisions, made by the RTO or a third party providing services on the RTO’s behalf.
All formal complaints and appeals will be heard and decided within fifteen working days of the receipt of the written complaint/appeal by the College. The RTO Manager will keep a Register of Complaints and Appeals which documents all formal complaints/appeals and their resolution. Any substantiated complaints/appeals will be reviewed as part of the continuous improvement procedure. The principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are adopted at every stage of the complaint and appeal process.
All external complaints and appeals should be directed to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) via this link www.asqa.gov.au/complaints/make-a-complaint—domestic-students/make-a-complaint—domestic-students1.html.
You can ccess the Mount Alvernia College RTO Complaints and Appeals Policy in full here.
An integral aspect of this program is the option for girls moving from Year 10 to 11 to select from a wide
range of vocational education
Completion of these certificate courses can give a head start into employment and further training.