Vocational education courses are vitally important to many students from Years 9 to 12, providing applied learning that is practical, work based and appeals to a diverse range of students.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in schools are highly valued by students, parents and employers and are perceived by students as adding value to their school participation, their HSC achievement and their preparation for the transition to post-school education, training and work. Expanding opportunities for students to undertake school-based VET courses is a priority for Sydney Catholic Schools and Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College.
In recent years, changes in political, economic and social circumstances have led to substantial changes in the composition of the senior school population. Schools are challenged to ensure they are providing appropriate and relevant courses to meet the needs of a wider range of students. With increasing retention rate, students who once might have left earlier to take up employment or attend TAFE are staying longer and aiming to complete a Higher School Certificate that combines both vocational and general education.
Taken from the Vocational Education in Sydney Catholic Schools Position Paper