VCAL Students of the Week
Year 11 Jamie Stevenson
I would like to follow my dad’s example, so I have chosen the Electrical trade as my future profession. On my work placement, I learn new and different aspects of the trade each week. A typical day Friday for me involves carrying all the tools around, fitting off powerpoints, climbing ladders, crawling through a roof or under a house. I like interacting with all sorts of different people in the workplace. I have learnt that if you do not wake up and go to work, you are not paid. Studying VCAL and VET is giving me a head start in my career. I have been offered an apprenticeship for when I finish secondary school. When I have completed my Electrical apprenticeship, I will still be young, and I aim to have my own car and a solid income.
Year 12 Tara Hocking
As part of my VCAL, I have chosen to study VET Certificate II in Animal Studies. This qualification takes two years to complete while I am still at school, and leads me straight into a Vet Nursing course at The Gordon. I want to be able to help animals who are sick, injured or in need. I think that it would be a very rewarding job knowing that you have made a difference in someone’s life. I also love animals and enjoy learning all of the different things that there is to know about them. So far, I have learnt about basic care for dogs, basic first aid for animals, work in the animal care industry, occupational health and safety practices, workplace communications and basic care for domestic cats. I enjoy absolutely everything about my work placement at Pet Barn in Waurn Ponds, and I look forward to going to work every Friday. I do a wide range of jobs, such as helping customers, working at the registers and catching all different kinds of fish that people want to buy. Sometimes I go into the grooming salon where I get to observe and participate in dog grooming. An interesting thing I have learnt is that cats only meow to communicate with humans, and that they use different forms of communication between themselves. I hope to become a Veterinary Nurse at a local veterinary clinic somewhere in the Geelong region.
Work placement opportunities for VCAL and VET students
We are currently looking for support from the Christian College Community to help with engaging some students in a workplace that relates to their VET course on Fridays, throughout the school term. Work experience is required for two students in Beauty, one in Community Services, one in Carpentry and one in the Electrical business. If you are able to or know someone who might support our young people in gettting started with their careers, please contact Kerryn Fearnsides at the Senior School Campus. If you would like to support our work placement program in the future, please let me know, as it would be great to have a bank of potential employers to draw from in our school community.