The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a quality assured national framework of qualifications in the school, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education sectors in Australia. All Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) deliver training within this framework and recognise training, assessment and qualifications delivered by any other RTO. This means that students can transfer between RTOs without worrying whether their previous study will be recognised. It also means that your qualifications will be recognised by industry Australia wide making it easier to move and work throughout Australia.
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)
VETiS (VET in Schools) gives you the opportunity to complete industry-focused training as part of your VCAL programs whilst remaining at your secondary school. Depending on the program your school offers you can earn credits towards a full Certificate II or III qualification. This can give you a great head start towards employment or further education.
Some of the programs offered by Bendigo TAFE include:
In most cases Bendigo TAFE will deliver these courses at your secondary school in partnership with your school. For specialist areas like Music, Hairdressing, Retail and Beauty or any of the trade area courses you may study in Bendigo TAFE’s state of the art facilities. Please contact your secondary school provider for further details and enrolment into VETIS courses.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
VCAL is a hands-on option for Years 11 and 12 students. It gives you practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Students who undertake VCAL are likely to be interested in going on to training at TAFE, doing an apprenticeship or getting a job after completing school. VCAL's flexibility lets you undertake a study program that suits your interests and learning needs.
VCAL programs are delivered at Bendigo TAFE through the Bendigo TAFE Youth Pathways programs at our Bendigo City Campus, Echuca and Castlemaine campuses. For Years 10, 11 and 12 students who are specifically interested in pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship in a technical trade and still want to complete years 10, 11 and 12, the Bendigo Technical Education College (BTEC) Campus offers VCAL. You can find courses that are delivered on the BTEC website.
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