VCAL Curriculum

VCAL is a hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students at Cranbounre Secondary College. The VCAL certificate gives students the opportunity to build employability skills, industry experience, personal development skills, 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.
VCAL is an exciting opportunity for students who enjoy challenges and applied learning. The VCAL students have access to the newly refurbished Applied Learning Centre.
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.

During the year, each student will complete:

  • Structured Work Placement to gain experience in their chosen industry, establish industry networks, and increase employment opportunities.
    • Vocational Education and Training (VET) vocational studies and nationally recognised training from either accredited state curriculum or national training packages within their VCAL certificate. All students in VCAL need to complete a VET training program. VET subjects can be selected from the SULLEN or Cranbourne VET Cluster. 
    • Studies in Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills & Work Related Skills to extend and improve their communication skills, reading, writing, numeracy, self-esteem, team work and leadership skills.

VCAL Subjects: 

Literacy Skills 
The purpose of the literacy curriculum selected for this strand it to enable the development of skills, knowledge and attitude in literacy that allow progression in the main social context of family, employment, further learning and citizenship. 
Literacy includes reading, writing and oral communication skills. Students are expected to read text and complete extended pieces of writing. 

Numeracy Skills
Numeracy is the ability to use mathematical skills in order to carry out purposes and functions within society relating to design, measuring, constructing, using graphical information, money, time and travel and the underpinning skills and knowledge for further study in mathematics or related fields. 

Industry Specific Skills (VET subject)
The purpose of the Industry Specific Skills Strand is to enable the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes related to one or more vocational contexts in preparation for progression to further learning or employment. A student must complete a VET program to satisfactory complete this area of study. 


Work Related Skills 
The purpose of the Work Related Skills Strand is to develop employability skills, knowledge and attitudes valued within community and work environment as a preparation for employment. The development of employability skills within this strand provides learners with a capacity to consider and choose from a range of pathways. 
Work related skills includes skills that align with the employability skills of communication, team work, problem solving, technology, initiative and enterprise, planning and organizing, self-management, learning. Employability skills are those that are valued by employers. 
Cranbourne Secondary College students are required to organize their work placement for one day per week. This is a compulsory part of Work Related Skills. 

Personal Development Skills 
The purpose of the Personal Development Skills Strand is to develop knowledge, skills and attributes that lead towards the development of self, social responsibility, building community, civic and civil responsibility, improving self-confidence and self-esteem, valuing civic participation in a democratic society. 
The development of knowledge, skills and attributes in this strand underpins the development of skills in the three other VCAL curriculum strands. 
Compulsory camps and field excursions are an integral part of the subject Personal Development Skills. 

An example Intermediate VCAL Program at Cranbourne Secondary College

Intermediate VCAL program

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Industry Specific Skills

Work related Skills

Personal Development Skills

Literacy skills-reading and writing

Certificate II Building and Construction

Work Related Skills Units 1 and 2—Intermediate

Personal Development Skills Units 1and 2—Intermediate

Literacy Skills—Oral communication

 

Product Design and Technology (wood)—Unit 1 and 2

 

Numeracy Skills—Intermediate

 

Food Technology—Unit 1

 

Foundation Mathematics

 

 

 



School Attendance

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

At School

VET course

At School

At School

Work Placement



An example Senior VCAL Program at Cranbourne Secondary College

Senior VCAL program

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Industry Specific Skills

Work related Skills

Personal Development Skills

VCE Unit (unscored assessment)

Skills for Further Study

Literacy skills-reading and writing

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation

Work Related Skills Units 1 and 2—Senior

Personal Development Skills Units 1and 2—Senior

Food and Technology —Unit 2

Skills for further study (completed in PDS and WRS classes)

Literacy Skills—Oral communication

Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)

 

 

 

 

Numeracy Skills—Senior

 

 

 

 

 




School Attendance

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

At School

At School

VET Course

At School

Work Placement



Program Description:

The VCAL is a rigorous Senior School Program that prepares students for entry into the workforce and/or further training & education. The VCAL Certificate is delivered in a flexible adult environment that is able to meet the needs of all students.

The program focuses on developing employability skills.

Workforce: what do employers & training providers want?

Employment Quality

Description

School Based Training

Reliability

Workers who turn up on time

Workers who front for work every workday

Regular attendance

Turn up to school & class on time

Hard worker

Someone who always works hard at whatever task they undertake

Completes set work to the best of their ability

Meets deadlines

Completes work tasks in the allocated timeframe

Completes & submits work by due dates

Respectful

Treats all members of the workforce in a respectful manner: employers, employees, customers etc.

Is always respectful towards members of the school community: students, teachers, public, etc.

Performance

Able to complete work tasks to a minimum acceptable standard

Able to demonstrate that they can achieve student outcomes in each subject

Independence

Workers are able to work without the direct supervision of employers

Able to undertake & complete set work without the direct supervision of teachers. Working towards a 90/10 split at Senior VCAL

Teamwork

Employees who can work cooperatively & collaboratively with each other

Students who complete set tasks by working effectively with each other

Dress code

Many work places have dress requirements for their staff

Students who wear appropriate work clothes at work and school uniform at school



Progression:

The Senior School policy on progression states that a student has to achieve a satisfactory result in at least one unit from each of the following VCAL subjects: Numeracy, Personal Development skills, Literacy and Work Related Skills. Students must also complete a minimum of 100 hours of work placement in order to progress to the next year level.