Vocational Education and Training (VET), Careers & Workplace Learning (WPL)



The Canning Vale College Vocational Education and Training (VET) program allows senior school students to take part in nationally recognised qualifications while completing their WACE. These programs can either be stand-alone Certificate qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework or embedded into courses of study. They may be delivered at Canning Vale College or at a State Training Provider or Private Training Provider.

The Workplace Learning program (WPL) is where students participate in a work placement in a workplace of interest to them. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their workplace and employability skills whilst providing them with an opportunity to work in a range of industry areas.

The VET, Careers & WPL team provide the following services to students:

  • Course information, pathway planning
  • Access to Certificate courses and other training options
  • Assistance with School based traineeships/apprenticeships & Pre-Apprenticeships in Schools (PAiS)
  • Help with University and State Training Provider (STP) applications
  • Organise and oversee workplace learning
  • Information on courses and employment opportunities
  • Resources for students to assist them in making career and further education choices
  • Information on endorsed programs

For further information please contact the VET, Careers & WPL team:

Julie Govorko
Program Coordinator Vocational Education & Training, Careers and Workplace Learning
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Duncan Sanderson
Careers Coordinator
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Natalie Robertson
Workplace Learning Coordinator
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Jo Ewing
Workplace Learning Coordinator (LEAP/ASP)
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Vocational Education and Training (VET)

The Canning Vale College VET program allows senior school students to complete part or all of a Nationally Recognised Vocational Qualification while still completing courses towards their WACE.

The benefits to CVC students undertaking a VET course:

  • Involved in a mix of learning – a combination of education (school), training (studying Certificate qualifications and courses) and accredited workplace experience.
  • VET subjects are substantially different from other WACE subjects in that success is achieved by demonstrating the ability to do the required tasks. This is called competency-based learning and is the basis of all State Training Provider courses.
  • VET subjects are industry specific training.
  • Students gain a nationally recognised certificate as well as their WACE.
  • Enable students to make an early start to gaining post-school qualifications in chosen industry areas, gain credit for these and also gain enhanced entry opportunities for further study pursuits after leaving school, including university, if desired.
  • Engage students in work-related learning built upon partnerships between our school, State Training Providers, business/industry and the wider community.
  • Helps students develop work-ready skills while introducing them to potential future employers.
  • Gain exemption from units already completed at State Training Providers.
  • Gives students skills for part time employment.

Vocational Education and Training for Schools (VETfS) Pathways:
Pre-Apprenticeship’s are ideal for students who wish to obtain an apprenticeship once they finish year 11 or 12. Students are provided with an introduction into the trades and take place in organised workplace learning.

Students undertake the training while still completing their WACE, they will need to have passed year 10 with a C grade average or better and must be work ready.

School Based Traineeship or Apprenticeship (SBT/SBA)

CVC students can take part in School Based Traineeships (SBT’s) or School Based Apprenticeships (SBA’s) which allow them to take part in an apprenticeship or traineeship while completing their WACE. Students will be both part time employees and full time students, therefore they will be paid for their employment and receive valuable training and still be able to complete their secondary graduation. There are a large number of traineeships and apprenticeships available.

The benefit to students is that they:

  • Get paid to work
  • Gain Nationally recogised qualifications
  • Gain valuable skills and experience in the workplace
  • Complete their WACE

There are a large number of traineeships and apprenticeships available. You can access the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office to find out more information: http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/employeesandstudents/apprenticeshipoffice/Pages/default.aspx

Useful Career Information: 
Public Sector School Based Traineeships for Year 10 Students
Students interested in applying for a Public Sector School Based Traineeships for 2017-2018 can apply online at www.jobs.wa.gov.au under the Target groups tab, from 1 July 2016, applications close Friday 5 August 2016.

Successful applicants undertake paid part time employment based training for one or two days per week in a WA Public Sector agency. Students commence the program in Year 11 and complete the Traineeship at the end of Year 12. After successful completion of the program, students are awarded the qualification, Certificate II in Government (Public Administration).

For more information visit the Public Sector Commission website or contact the Traineeship Coordinator on 6552 8519 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeships
Are you interested in a Carpentry or Joinery Apprenticeship? Directions is offering fulltime Apprenticeships with a large construction company building high rise apartments in the Perth CBD. They are looking for motivated people who want a great head start on their career within the Carpentry & Joinery Industry. The right candidate(s) for these jobs will be Australian citizens or permanent residents and be willing to commit to a program of on the job learning and formal training. To be considered for these exciting opportunities you will need to demonstrate the following skills/abilities:

  • Educated to Year 12 or hold a pre-apprenticeship in a relative trade
  • Highly motivated
  • Reliable
  • A positive attitude
  • Hard working
  • A genuine interest in the industry
  • Possess or close to obtaining a driver's licence 
  • Be physically fit
  • Able to obtain a White Card
  • Drivers licence preferred

Directions has 27 years' experience providing workforce development solutions to businesses through apprenticeships and traineeships, alongside career development and advice to assist jobseekers to make the best choices. If this is you, email your resume and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log onto their website at www.directionswa.com.au to register online with your resume.

Workplace Learning (WPL)

Workplace Learning (WPL) is an authority-developed endorsed program which provides an opportunity for a student to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work.

It is a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their workplace and employability skills whilst providing them with an opportunity to work in a range of industry areas.

To complete this endorsed program, a student works in a real workplace environment to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the work place in a Workplace Learning Logbook. The student must also provide evidence of his/her knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing a Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 220 hours of work placement over the course of Year 10, 11 and 12.

Successful completion of hours and all associated logbooks and skills journals achieves unit equivalents towards student’s WACE graduation.

  • Less than 55 hours = 0 unit equivalents
  • 55 – 109 hours = 1 unit equivalents
  • 110 – 164 hours = 2 unit equivalents
  • 165 – 219 hours = 3 unit equivalents
  • 220 + hours = 4 unit equivalents

Year 10, 11 and 12 students must ensure they have completed the following prior to going on work placement.

  • Workplace Learning Induction: Year 10 – Details to be advised, Year 11 – Attendance at Session 4 on Monday's, Year 12 – Attendance at Session 5 on Wednesday's   
  • Safety Awareness Training and White Card - if applicable (which is a legal requirement for students who wish to do their work placement in the Building and Construction Industry)
  • SmartMove Certificates - 1 x General Module and 1 x Industry area (choose one that may be your chosen career path). Certificates to be emailed or handed in to WPL Coordinator in VET Office. http://smartmove.safetyline.wa.gov.au/course/view.php?id=2

If the above is not completed the student may be considered 'not work ready' and may not be permitted to attend Workplace Learning.

Students are unable to attend work placement outside of pre-determined dates as they will not be covered by Department of Education insurance.

We encourage students to find their own placement but will assist in contacting the employers if students have exhausted all possibilities. Students should begin looking for placements as soon as possible in 2017 to ensure they secure a placement of their choice.

**Primary School placements will be coordinated through WPL Coordinator only. Students are to register their interest as soon as possible. Do not contact Primary Schools direct.

All Work Placements are to be arranged through the school Workplace Learning Coordinator, Phone No. (08) 9456 7009.

To view the Workplace Learning Program Outline 2015-2019 please click here.
To view the WPL Policy please click here

Paid Employment and Volunteer Work Hours: 
Students are permitted to use their currently rostered paid or volunteer employment hours for their workplace learning.

A Registration form must be completed and needs to be signed by the employer and parent then submitted by the student to the WPL Coordinator. A logbook will be issued to the student when the form is returned to school. Forms can be picked up from the WPL Coordinator in the VET Officer. 

Workplace Learning Dates 2017: 
Workplace Learning Dates for 2017 are:

Year 10 (100 places only)

Term 4 - Weeks 8 only - 27 November to 1 December 2017 (Registration closes – Term 4, Week 3 - Friday 27 November 2017)

Year 11

Term 2 - Weeks 6 & 7 - 29 May to 9 June 2016 (Registration closes – Term 2, Week 3 - Friday 12 May 2017)

Term 4 - Weeks 5 & 6 - 6 November to 17 November (Registration closes – Term 4, Week 2 - Friday 20 October 2017)

Year 12

Term 2 - Weeks 6 & 7 - 29 May to 9 June 2016 (Registration closes – Term 2, Week 3 - Friday 12 May 2017)

Term 4 – 2 October – 13 October 2017. Includes Week 2 of school holidays and Week 1 of Term 4 if required to finalise hours for WACE. (Registration closes – Term 3, Week 8 – Friday 8 September 2017)

Students are required to attend on all pre-determined days and any absences due to illness must be explained by a medical certificate. Students need to notify their Employer and the school (08) 9456 7009 or the WPL Coordinator on 0401 311 545 on the morning of the absence or as soon as possible.

Students are expected to attend their school exams or attend courses that they are enrolled in at external training providers. It is the student’s responsibility to advise the employer if they will be absent for either of the above reasons.

Students are able to attend work placements after school or during school holidays. All work placements must be coordinated through the school Work Place Learning Coordinator.

Useful Career Information

WA Police Cadet Applications: 
WA Police generally advertise cadet positions once a year around the middle of the year. We are anticipating that applications will open soon – please keep checking the www.stepforward.wa.gov.au website as it will be advertised there, and only open for a few weeks.

The Cadet Program trains and guides promising young people toward a career in policing, with the intention of one day becoming Police Officers. The Cadetship offers young applicants the chance of joining WA Police once they have reached the age of 16. Please note that these are full-time positions employed by WA Police.

Cadets, who complete a three week training course at the WA Police Academy in Joondalup, are placed at various Police Stations or units where they work full time alongside Police Officers. Their role will vary and much of what they do is observation, however they will assist in a policing environment with duties that may include taking reports, handling property and assisting at crime scenes.

Cadets can be considered for a position as a Police Recruit once they:

attain satisfactory performance reports from supervisors
pass the Recruit entry physical requirements (Beep test is half off e.g. male recruit 18yrs 10.1, cadet 9.5).
possess a Manual Motor Driver's License, and
satisfy the psychological requirements for Recruit entry.
At the time of submitting an application, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia and 16-18 years of age. A driver’s license is not required, however please note that to transition from Cadet to recruit you will be required to possess a manual motor driver’s license, a probationary license is acceptable.

For further information regarding joining WA Police as a Police Cadet, the applicable Cadet salary or in one of the many Entry Pathways, please go to www.stepforward.wa.gov.au or make contact with a Recruiting Officer on the number below. The testing for the cadets involve the Police Entrance Exam (same as recruit), the physical entrance exam (similar to recruit, see pdf document on the web site) and an interview if successful this far. The position description will be attached to the web site when we advertise. However, essentially we are looking for the attributes mentioned on the web site, the same as it is for recruits. https://www.stepforward.wa.gov.au/join-wa-police/recruit/

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