The School: Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College’s Story

By | September 6, 2019

♪(Music Playing)♪ We won the School Pathways to VET Award in 2013 and 2015. The impact that it’s had upon the college community has been fantastic – staff, students, parents and carers, our business and industry partners. It’s been great external validation to have that recognition and affirmation. ♪(Music Playing)♪ We’re particularly pleased that having won in 2013, the focus of our award submission in 2015 was around improvement, that we simply didn’t rest on our laurels, that we wanted to continue to develop and improve and add to both the quality and the quantity of what we’ve been able to offer and sustain through that time. ♪(Music Playing)♪ Forty percent of our students are school based apprentices and trainees. That means that they’re off campus one day a week at least. That flexibility is built on a few things. We have very little in the way of text books. We’ve built flexibility within a virtual learning environment, so our learning resources, our learning experiences are in that Google platform, in the cloud. It means that our own students, as well as our external VET students, are able to access that content whenever they’re online. That’s a really critical part. ♪(Music Playing)♪ Every student here at Southern Cross has a personalised learning plan. That personalised learning plan begins at the point of enrolment where students actually undertake a careers test, and that informs some of their choices. The personalised learning plan has got a careers dimension to it, it’s got a learning dimension to it, and an overall goal setting dimension to it. Those three things then scaffold every conversation that the mentor and the mentee are having. It frames their learning for the seven terms that they are here. ♪(Music Playing)♪ We’re not simply focused on certificate delivery, as important as that is. We know from employers that soft skills, those complimentary skills, those personal skills, they’re as if not more important when it comes to employability, in landing jobs, in progression in the workplace. ♪(Music Playing)♪ We do a lot of connecting with business and industry from across Sydney. Our network of businesses and industries are upwards of 600 on our books, and we’re needing to find between twelve and thirteen hundred work placements every year. As part of our enrolment process, we’re asking parents and carers whether they are employers that can take students on, whether they’re connected to other businesses across Sydney that they might be able to assist us with. They’re really important parts of what we do. ♪(Music Playing)♪

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