Term two is a busy time for year 9-11 students as they consider what future pathways they may follow for 2017 and beyond. This is why careful subject selection is imperative when considering a future pathway and some great resources that can help with the decision making include;
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) (http://www.vtac.edu.au/)
An important tool for all Year 9-12 students to use if they are considering a tertiary pathway. The VTAC website allows users to read up on all the courses available in Victoria and introduces you to the wonderful world of educational acronyms including SEAS, STAT and ALSET. It is advised that students and parents start looking into this website to view the numerous opportunities and if you have any questions (which you will) please see Mr. Jennings for more information.
Currently our Year 12 students have been searching through the VTAC website and making careful considerations towards their preferred courses. Year 12’s can officially register on the VTAC website on August 1st but it is expected that they keep looking through the available courses. Students can also apply for special consideration (SEAS) by 4th October and scholarships by 14th October. Year 11 & 12 students who just recently attended the careers expo and Monash University gained an invaluable insight into the VTAC process and university life.
Structured Workplace Learning (http://www.workplacements.education.vic.gov.au/)
“Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. SWL is available to Victorian school students undertaking a VET program as part of their VCE or VCAL studies, including School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs).”
The above website only recently became active but the student response has been excellent and just like the VTAC website please log into it and have a look at what’s available.
Echuca College has traditionally encouraged students to undertake Work Experience during school holidays (so it will not disrupt studies) but we currently have a number of students on work sites who have shown a strong desire to enter specific fields of employment. If you are interested in work experience and the process involved, please Chris Jennings in his office (next to the library).