Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an opportunity for students to access training that contributes towards a formal vocational certificate (such as a Certificate I, II or III or partial certificate). Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are given the opportunity to begin training towards a vocational pathway, or gaining additional skills and accreditation for employment or further study, while also completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). In certain circumstances, some courses can also contribute to the achievement of SACE. A range of courses are offered, with commitments ranging from a few hours after school, to a full day commitment, spanning a term, semester or year. Students are able to receive more information regarding VET from the VET and Careers Coordinator, who will advise students according to their individual strengths and aspirations.
All VET must be negotiated and registered with the VET and Careers Coordinator who is also available to advise students (and their families) on courses available, and who coordinates work placements to complement the learning achieved through VET training.
Our students are guided by a Careers Coordinator as they navigate the decisions that can lead them on to a specific career paths, and more generally equip students with work readiness skills, knowledge and understanding. All Year 10 students will complete a Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (PLP) as a formal component of the curriculum and there is a significant career development aspect to this subject. In addition, Year 11 and Year 12 students have multiple opportunities to meet with the Careers Coordinator to discuss and plan for their post-school pathway. Parents are welcome to attend these sessions. St Dominic's Priory College holds a Careers Evening in conjunction with Blackfriars Priory School and Wilderness School every two years. Students and their parents attending this expo-style event and have the opportunity to access up-to-date career information from practitioners who cover an extensive range of careers and post-school options.
Work Experience is an integral part of the Stage 1 Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and all Year 10 students are required to undertake one week of Work Experience at the end of Term 3. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 may do further Work Experience in their own time, but all arrangements for work experience must be made through the Careers Coordinator to ensure that all legal obligations are met and insurance cover is in place.