Some students decide after Year 9 or 10 that they would like to pursue gaining a trade qualification with a view to entering an apprenticeship program or finding employment. Ranges TEC, a Christian Trade Training Centre in Lilydale, was opened in 2011. MDCS, along with Mount Evelyn Christian School and Donvale Christian College, was one of the founding schools. MDCS students are provided with this valuable local option to pursue VET/VCAL studies full-time from Year 10 as an alternative to VCE.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the VCE program combines general VCE studies with vocational training and experience in the workplace. Schools are able to offer senior secondary students programs selected from the range of industry areas approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
Successful completion of a VET in the VCE program provides students with:
- Two qualifications: a Victorian Certificate of Education issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and a VET Certificate issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO),
- An enhanced Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which can improve access to further education,
- The ability to move into further vocational education and training courses,
- Workplace experience including structured workplace training.
Delivery of VET courses is undertaken by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), which may include a TAFE College, private provider or school.
Students value the VET in the VCE program because it allows them to combine general and vocational studies, which for many provides a practical balance and it gives them direct experience of business and industry, often valued by future employers.
As a member of the Yarra Valley VET Cluster, MDCS is able to offer students the possibility of a number of VET studies at local schools within the cluster.
It should be noted that:
- Most VET studies within the Yarra Valley VET cluster occur on Wednesday afternoons.
- There are additional costs associated with VET studies.
- Students may miss some other classes if undertaking a VET course.
- Transportation to and from VET studies is the responsibility of parents.