Tassie colleges win national VET award

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Tassie colleges win national VET award

The Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre (STCCTTC) has been announced the winner of the Australian Training Awards Schools Pathway in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Award for 2017.

The STCCTTC is a co-operative effort between Guilford Young Catholic College (the Registered Training Organisation) and Dominic Catholic College, Sacred Heart Catholic College, St Virgil’s Catholic College, St Mary’s Catholic College, MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Carmel Catholic College, St Aloysius Catholic College and St James Catholic College.

This year, VET pathways were offered to students in the areas of community service, business, agrifood, automotive, construction, early childhood education and care, health services, engineering, horticulture, sport coaching, hospitality kitchen operations and tourism.

Director of the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre Penny Driessen says that what is really special about the program is that students move between colleges to access specialised facilities and training.

“It’s really recognition that it’s a model that is best in Australia, which is really exciting. And it’s also recognition that the teachers are really industry focused,” she said.

17-year-old Grace from Guilford Young Catholic College has been studying hospitality, and will study tourism as part of her Year 12 studies.

“I hope to go in and get a job or an apprenticeship when I finish in hospitality,” she said.

“I’ve made some great friends who are interested in the same things as I am, so it’s been really quite great.”

Photo: L-R: (back) Construction and Built Environment teacher at Guilford Young College Rodney Larcombe, Sacred Heart College student Mitchell (Year 9), past VET pathway student Emma O’Halloran (front) Director of STCCTTC Penny Driessen, Guilford Young College student Grace (Year 11), past VET pathway student Samantha Cross, and Vocational Educational Learning Manager Jane Milburn.