Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

Up for grabs: Learn a trade for free

extract from Article Daily Telegraph Monday 18 June 2018.

APPRENTICESHIPS will be free in NSW under a Budget cash splash that will boost the number of training spots for the state’s future tradies.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal one of the biggest Budget commitments will be the free training program to offer 100,000 people skills study at any TAFE and non-TAFE provider delivering apprenticeship studies.

The Budget sets aside $285 million for the project.

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Matthew Giusa, with his dog Ellie, wants to become an auto-mechanic. Picture: Justin Lloyd

The program is designed to relieve financial pressure on apprentices and ensure a strong pipeline of skilled workers for large-scale infrastructure projects.
The government believes it will also support businesses who pay for apprentices’ training.

The Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this month the state government will also set a trade target that 20 per cent of employees on government construction sites would be apprentices.

“We have already created positions for apprentices … and now we are covering the cost of training,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said there were already about 60,000 apprentices in NSW but more would be needed.

“As of 1 July anyone who signs up for an apprenticeship in NSW will not pay a single cent.”
Mr Barilaro said he was a “chippie from Queanbeyan” and was passionate about the issue. Many tradies view the cost of apprenticeships as a disincentive, he said.
“Even when you compare it to a university HECS debt, it is marginal but it is a disincentive,” Mr Barilaro said.

“In my mind, if you really want to encourage apprentices for a government … just get rid of that disincentive which is the $2000 or $3000 contribution. I honestly believe this will move the lever completely.”

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Students Jonathan Paraskevaidis and Ryan Simpson study construction pathways. Picture: Damian Shaw

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The state Nationals leader said he was keen to do more to get young students interested in apprenticeships in early high school — an idea he picked up from Germany.
Mr Barilaro said the state’s biggest shortfall in apprenticeships was in building and construction, followed by trades including plumbers and electricians.
Makayla White is interested in doing a vocational course in nursing and believes the program will encourage more people into apprenticeships. Picture: Justin Lloyd

“They’re the key areas of traditional trade we’ve got a massive skill shortage, high demand and that’s only going to continue to grow.”

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Makayla White is interested in doing a vocational course in nursing and believes the program will encourage more people into apprenticeships. Picture: Justin Lloyd

“They’re the key areas of traditional trade we’ve got a massive skill shortage, high demand and that’s only going to continue to grow.”

Makayla White, 17, a Certificate III Nursing student at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, believes the program will encourage more people into apprenticeships.
“This will open it up for more people,” she said. “Kids will be able to do what they want to be doing.”

Construction student Matthew Giusa, 18, said a free apprenticeship would make all the difference. “The two biggest struggles for me have been having to fund myself and being able to afford the tools, equipment and study. So any financial help is a great idea,” he said.

1. Electrotechnology — Electrician Cert III (9054 apprentices)
2. Carpentry Cert III (8845)
3. Plumbing Cert III (5375)
4. Automotive — Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology Cert III (3974)
5. Hospitality — Commercial Cookery Cert III (2397)


Time to Trade Up

Daily telegraph Article Saturday June 9, 2018
Trading in school is a valid option for teenagers to kickstart their careers. Cara Jenkin reports.




Burwood Council supporting Work placement students

Burwood Council were very happy to be able to assist Southern Cross Students Renee and Madison last week to fulfill the requirements of their Business and Event studies that form part of their Higher School Certificate qualification.

Renee assisted with administrative duties in Organisation Development, Compliance, Records, and Finance. Madison assisted with duties in Organisation Development, Media Events and Communications and Community Development .

Thank you to those who supported Renee and Madison last week, as these placements provide a very practical and positive learning experience to students with their transition from school to a working environment.

Vocational Learning, STEM, ATAR & good pathways:

SCCVC Principal Patrick O’Reilly contributes to discussion on Radio ABC702 following a public lecture from Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Education.

OPEN DAY Tuesday 8 May 2018

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Open Day Tuesday 8 May all welcome. Enrolments packs will be available, contact us to register your interest.

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Vocational students shine at MWLP Awards Night



Fantastic to recognise and celebrate 3 @sccvc students, finalists in the 2018 Student Work Placement Awards. Well done Joseph, Georgia and Stephanie!

“….David Williams, MWLP’s CEO, summarised the night “This is what Vocational Education and Training (VET) is all about. Not only do the students reap the rewards from work placement and the connections they make with industry, employers are linked to the future workforce. It is a win/win for everyone…”

Framework Winners:

Automotive Joseph Ayoub from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Goodyear Auto Care Bankstown
Business Services Stephanie Lagos from Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was hosted by Cablenet Technologies Group

Full article: MWLP-Linking Youth to Business Careers and Opportunity



Shadow Minister for Education at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

There are a few who work in Secondary Education on their way to Public and Political life and service. There are less who come from Principal experience; and even less again who find their way into the Education portfolio and space, albeit at this point in a Shadow Ministry.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC), Burwood, were delighted to welcome Jihad Dib, MP, and NSW Shadow Minister for Education, this week. Evident in the conversation and experience was the 9 years of service as Principal at Punchbowl Boys’ High School that Jihad impressively offered-as leader, and a man committed to the best for his school and wider community.

Mr Dib was very impressed by a range of the things he observed and experienced at SCCVC, now in its’ ninth year of operation. In particular, the great opportunities and tailored pathways for hands-on learning, the state-of-the-art facilities, the flexibility and dedication of staff in their determination to provide students with a personalised and deeply supportive learning environment.

When asked whether Jihad missed the experience of school, he conceded the memory continued in echoes well beyond his move to parliament. ‘I was, until last year, still listening for bells, and when rain arrived, thinking of the impacts this would have on school activities!’.

As the Shadow Minister toured and shared ideas, he reflected on whether the current HSC really accommodates the needs and requirements of learners and graduates, all bound for life in a rapidly changing 21st century world. Jihad applauded the real world skills and experiences that SCCVC offers students, equipping and challenging them to graduate as the best people, learners and workers, and confident that they are the most skillful and employable they can be as they set sail from Secondary education.

As well as the impressive 18 VET qualifications Jihad affirmed and recognised, he was very taken by the Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises (SCVE) he observed. Students engaged with real life clients, producing goods and services and creating products-such a strength and opportunity the Shadow Minister singled out for praise. From training Restaurant and Cafe, through Hair and Beauty treatments, community projects and engagements, it was the Outdoor setting/bench the Furniture Making students are producing that captured Jihad’s attention-one of which has been ordered and likely to find a home in Macquarie St!

We thank Mr Dib for his time, his interest and acclamation, and look forward to his continued support-be it in opposition or government.


Congratulations! So pleased & proud of our 2018 Year 12 student Cooper Bennett -Georges River Council 2018 Young Citizen of the Year

Georges River Council’s mayor Kevin Greene announced the winners of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year at…


Commencing in 2010, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC) is a ground breaking Senior Secondary College. As part of the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, SCCVC is committed to provision of an engaging and innovative HSC, with a deep and sustained commitment to high quality vocational learning and training. This commitment was recognised in the College winning the 2013 Australian Training Award for the ‘School Pathways to VET’ category. SCCVC is a ‘Workplace of Learning’. Through Southern Cross Vocational Enterprises, students and staff collaborate in a range of ‘real life’ learning experiences, providing quality goods and services to clients and visitors. Our Business, Industry and community partnerships deepen and extend these opportunities, and underpins SCCVC as a place where personalised learning is paramount. Southern Cross is committed to the success of young adults: that they become the best people they can; they undertake the best learning, on campus and elsewhere, they are capable of; so that they graduate as the most skilful and employable people they can be.

“I started at a new school and I’m getting great employability skills.” …

NSW Business Chamber- Old School/New School Forum

This month, our College Principal and Student Leaders  Grace Faulkner, Jasper Dryden and Emily McGrath attended the NSW Business Chambers old school/new school forum.

If the next generation is to be ready for study and work, responsibility must be shared by government, educators, parents, students and industry. This is one of the findings of the report released today by the NSW Business Chamber entitled, Old School/New School.
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont, said it was vital the school curriculum is redesigned and delivers education outcomes that ensure students are prepared for work or further study.  A quality education should allow graduates from the school system to contribute from day one on the job.

The NSW Business Chamber is calling on education authorities to build enterprise skills into the school curriculum and start measuring them from Year 9 on.  The Report outlines what a ‘New School’ system would look like:
Responsibility is shared by Government, educators, parents, students and industry.
Innovative ways of teaching and learning, as well as tried and tested approaches are implemented Australia-wide.
Evidence informed practice is supported and educators have the knowledge they need to succeed.
Teachers are celebrated for their success, attracting the best and brightest.
Schools harness technology to facilitate a richer learning experience for students.
Education is inclusive and all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed.
Schools promote educational pathways that help realise the potential of all young people.

“Many employers advise that far too many young people they interview don’t have basic literacy and numeracy skills to start work when they finish year 12,” said Chris Lamont.

The Report notes the importance of supporting teachers and a revamped High School Certificate that provides greater access and recognition for achievement in vocational pathways as well as tertiary studies.

“A quality education is more important than ever.  Reforms to the education system must ensure quality education outcomes in literacy and numeracy and enterprise skills to improve employability or there is a risk the next generation will face an even greater struggle in securing employment,” said Chris Lamont (visit the link here)

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