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Vocational Programs


By offering several national qualifications and accredited courses for students throughout Years 11-12, Shenton College Vocational Education and Training (VET) helps students transition directly to employment or access vocational and higher education pathways.

Students can gain national qualifications and valuable workplace skills and experience all while still at school. Completion of VET qualifications can also count towards WACE achievement.

Qualifications from external training organisations are not available until the third term when schools are notified of the options.  Students can access the list via their course selection process which commences late Term 2, or early Term 3.  There is no guarantee that qualifications offered in the current year will be available in the next year.


Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) often work with other organisations (third parties) to deliver a range of services, including providing marketing, undertaking recruitment, using facilities and resources, and training and/or assessment of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

Shenton College enters into third-party agreements with several Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) for the training and assessment of qualifications. Shenton teachers, who are qualified trainers and assessors, can deliver a range of VET qualifications on behalf of the RTO under this arrangement.

RTOs under a third-party agreement, are selected using the Department of Education’s Panel of Private Registered Training Organisations.

Click here to view a list of the 2022 qualifications offered along with the RTO.

Please note that qualifications offered will change each year based on student selections, RTO’s, trainer and assessor availability and vocational opportunities.

VET delivered offsite by registered training organisations 2022

Shenton College Year 11 and 12 students can apply to undertake qualifications that are delivered offsite by an RTO. Some of these qualifications are fully funded (Profile) while other qualifications are offered under a fee-for-service arrangement where a cost is required to be paid by the parent/guardian.

Fully funded opportunities are generally aligned to industries where skill shortages have been identified. This includes pre-apprenticeships and a variety of trade qualifications. Qualifications from the following industry areas are currently offered: Information Technology, Community Service, Health, Fashion, Beauty, Engineering, Events, Tourism and Education.

Students must commit to attending all training classes offsite one or two days per week depending on the qualification.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they maintain their school course requirements over the three to four days at school.

The application process takes place during Term 2 and Term 3 of the previous year. Expressions of interest for these opportunities are accepted in June/July after an interview with the External Training Coordinator. Successful students are notified in Term 4 and will commence courses the following year.

These courses are highly competitive; therefore, late applications will not be accepted. Courses are offered via Compass and through the Student Subject Online process.  Courses are available to students entering Year 11 and 12 only.


School-Based Apprenticeships (SBAs) and School-Based Traineeships (SBTs) and Aboriginal School-Based Traineeships (ASBTs) allow students to commence a traineeship or apprenticeship at the same time as completing secondary schooling. After signing a formal training contract students undertake the qualification in partnership with an RTO and an employer. Students are remunerated for their workforce participation. Students undertaking SBA’s may be required to complete their apprenticeships once they have finished school.


Try-a-Trade is a ‘hands-on’ opportunity for students to get exposure to a specific trade. The program is offered to Year 10 – 11 students and is delivered by a number of public and private Registered Training Organisations. The programs range from 1 – 3 days. Advertising of these programs is through a Compass notification to parents and students.  These programs are competitive. Trades covered are construction, electrical, painting and plumbing.


Workplace Learning is a School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) developed endorsed program managed by the College that enables students to develop a set of transferable vocational skills through working in one or more workplaces. Through Workplace Learning, students record their hours and tasks in a logbook and skills journal and provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of skills learned.

A minimum of 55 hours in the workplace is required to complete this program, and a total of four units can be achieved throughout Years 10 and 12.  Year 11 and 12 students undertaking qualifications may have a mandated workplace component.  The VET/ADWPL Support Officer will assist and manage this process with students.

We are looking for businesses that can support us in providing students with this opportunity.  If you are in a position to assist with this, please contact the VET/ADWPL Support Officer (contact details at end of document) who will provide you with program details.  Students are covered under insurance provided by the Department of Education while out in the workplace.

Year 10 students wishing to undertake work experience will be required to source an organisation that is willing to provide this opportunity.  A maximum of one week is available and will be negotiated around the student’s curriculum and assessment requirements. An application form can be obtained from the VET/ADWPL Support Officer located in Lemnos House. The application will require the name and contact details of the organisation that is willing to host the student. The VET/ADWPL Support Officer will discuss program requirements with the host supervisor before confirming a placement.


Unique to Shenton College, the Futures Program commenced in 2022.  The program was created to support Year 11 and 12 students engaging in qualification pathways that require two days of training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or one-day of training with an RTO and one day in the workplace. Students work towards their WACE by attending the College three days each week, and industry or work placements for two days.

Students complete school courses in:

  • English (General or ATAR)
  • Math Essentials or Math Applications
  • Career and Enterprise (General)

A range of qualifications that are made available through Profile Funded courses or Fee for Service courses require the students to complete an application and meet with the Manager of Vocational Pathways in Terms 3 and 4.  Places in many of these qualifications are competitive.  Qualifications range from Certificate II through to Diploma.

VET staff

There is a team of staff members located in the Hub Admin Office that can assist you with inquiries regarding vocational opportunities.

Kath Criddle – Manager of Vocational Pathways

Catherine Powers – External Training Coordinator

Linda Phillips –VET/ADWPL Support Officer