Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is another exciting career path that is offered to senior students at Geelong High School. The certificate is designed for students who are interested in a career pathway including the following:
- An Apprenticeship
- Building career related skills for the work force
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 (new in 2019) students at Geelong High School. The VCAL certificate gives students the opportunity to build employability skills, personal development skills, industry experience as well as numeracy and literacy skills. The certificate is designed for students wishing to pursue a career pathway involving an apprenticeship, employment or TAFE.
The Geelong High School VCAL program is an innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary program for students who enjoy applied learning opportunities. Students have the potential to gain multiple qualifications including industry qualifications and improve their employability skills after school. The curriculum will tie in key units of VCAL with topics, projects and community programs that are relevant to the student while building on literacy and numeracy skills. Each student has the opportunity to complete Structured Work Placement for 25 days to establish industry networks and increase employment opportunities.
The VCAL program extends students to improve communication skills, self-esteem, team work, organisation and leadership skills. VCAL is an exciting opportunity for students who enjoy challenges and would like to make themselves more employable and prepared for work after school.
Award Winning Program
The Geelong High School VCAL program has successfully won the following awards for its innovative delivery:
- VCAA Exemplary Personal Development Unit 1 and 2
- VCAA Exemplary Work Related Skills Unit 1 and 2
- 2006 VCAA VCAL Achievement Award for Partnership Development
- 2010 VCAA VCAL Achievement Award for Program Development
- NAB Schools First Award $40,000 for Community Partnership Award with Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving
Pathway Options on completion of VCAL
The VCAL certificate will give students practical work-related experience and qualifications that will be recognised by TAFE institutes and employers. Together these will help students move from school into work, an apprenticeship or traineeship and/or further training at TAFE..
For further information:
Contact: Luke Collins