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Vocational Pathways


About Vocational Pathways

The Spotswood College Vocational Pathways Department offer exciting, rewarding and meaningful learning opportunities to our students.

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for vocational options for all students with a focus on our senior (year 11-13) school.

Students align their learning and achievement to industry skills through participating in shared learning opportunities in school tertiary courses and industry training such as work experience placements.

Skills, knowledge and qualifications gained ready our students for their transition to the workforce and support our school wide goal to be lifelong learners.

The pathways we align our individual programs of learning to are:

  • Creative Industries
  • Primary Industries
  • Service Industries
  • Social and Community Services
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Construction and Infrastructure

STAR –  Career Development Courses

The STAR program is for senior students who wish to explore employment options and interests while gaining Unit Standard credits toward NCEA level 1-3.  Credits often go toward a National Certificate qualification also.

STAR is also available in assisting students who wish to study a university paper or attend a block course that is on offer from one of the many Industry Training Organisations or tertiary institutes that we have well founded relationships with.

“STAR aims to support student in making informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study”

Trades Academy –  Secondary Tertiary Pathways

Trades Academies, run in conjunction with WITT, focus on delivering trades and technology programs to secondary school students.

Trades Academies are a partnership between schools, tertiary institutions, industry training organisations and employers.

Students in year 11-13, who are interested in a career in the field of trades are able to attend Trades Academy one day per week and support their progress toward their respective National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Learning takes place in a practical and hands-on environment using industry standard equipment and technology relevant to your chosen career pathway.  Students develop the foundation skills needed to progress to further study opportunities or move directly to employment.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • A head start on a Trades career
  • Fees-free tertiary study
  • Free transport option
  • Develop “work ready” skills

Gateway – Work Based Career Development

The Gateway program is available to senior students who wish to begin their vocational training while still gaining secondary school qualifications.

This program is funded and between 80 and 100 students are afforded this excellent opportunity each year.  Students are placed in the community in areas as diverse as Hairdressing, Automotive, Early Childcare and Construction.

Students begin their career training while at their organised work placement, completing industy based standards of work that are sourced from a variety of Industry Training Organisations (ITO).

Gateway both broadens and strengthens pathways for students as they work toward future education, training or employment.”

Employers also benefit from Gateway by having a stronger relationship with schools and meeting local employment needs.  They are able to recruit more effectively and enhance their company skills base.



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