Students of Carinity Education Rockhampton will soon be able to attain workplace-specific skills, whilst still studying.
Carinity has obtained Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status for its school at Glenlee, from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
It means that from Term 1 in 2018, students can work towards attaining qualifications via certificate courses, by undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET).
The VET programs will see students learn hands-on and practical skills in the fields of Hospitality, Tourism, Business, and Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, to take into the workforce upon graduation.
Jordan Ogle, VET Coordinator for Carinity Education Rockhampton, says school obtaining RTO status “will allow our students to complete national recognised Certificate I and Certificate II courses”.
“These courses will allow students to obtain industry skills, understand underpinning knowledge that might be required to make them job ready, as well as obtaining life skills,” she says.
“Our courses will cover a range of skills including, but not limited to, customer service, working with others, working with money, working within timeframes, and work health and safety requirements.
“Students will start their VET pathway from Year 10 and continue through to Year 12. Students can also undertake the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).”
Carinity Education Rockhampton Principal Ben Sullivan says attaining RTO status is “an exciting milestone in the development of the school”.
He says vocational training opens up career pathways for students who may struggle with regular school work in the classroom.
“Not all students are academically inclined and instead are very good at practical, hands-on work. Undertaking VET training on campus at Carinity Education Rockhampton will provide students with more options for life after school,” he says.
It is estimated 34 students – around half of Carinity Education Rockhampton’s students – could enrol into one of five vocational training Certificate courses in 2018.
Carinity Education Rockhampton is an independent secondary school that provides provides education, vocational training and mentoring for students having difficulty succeeding in traditional schools.
Carinity Education Rockhampton is one of Carinity’s four Queensland school campuses, the others being at Hervey Bay, Gladstone and Brisbane.
The schools are operated by community service organisation Carinity, a not-for-profit outreach of Queensland Baptists.
To find out more call 07 3550 3737 or visit the Carinity Education website.