Students explore VET opportunities in Port Lincoln

Students from across Eyre Peninsula once again got a taste of Vocational Education and Training opportunities with a 'Come and Try VET' day in Port Lincoln last Wednesday.

About 130 students from Port Lincoln High School and Cummins, Tumby Bay, Cleve, Cowell and Streaky Bay area schools were involved in the day, hosted at the high school and Port Lincoln TAFE.

The day was about exposing students to what VET has to offer and informing them about the different ways of learning and gaining qualifications.

At the high school students got involved with 'kitchen operations', 'doorways to construction' and 'aquaculture'.

At the TAFE students had a look at eight courses including automotive, health services, hospitality and business.

This was the second time the come and try day had been organised following last year's event, with this year being slightly different with it taking place over one day instead of two.

Port Lincoln High School student pathways manager Tiff Evans said all students would have found all sessions valuable.

She said the high school valued VET education and the subjects offered on site which allowed students to gain necessary skills in state of the art trade training facilities.

Cleve Area School learning improvement coordinator Jo Turner said there was about a 60 per cent uptake of VET at the school and the subjects continued to be valued by students and staff.

She said the school was happy to take part in this year's come and try day with the 12 students fairly spread out among courses.

"It's a good way to either confirm their interest or decide certain careers were not for them," she said.

"It's good to make them aware of the different certificate three (courses) available for them in year 11 to assist them with their ATARs, SACE completion and employability."

The state government has put a focus on promoting VET subjects through its VET for School Students policy, which aims to reform the delivery of subjects and repositioning VET as an equally valued pathway option, alongside university education.

Ms Evans said it was great that there was an increasing focus on VET delivery.

"Any promotion of VET and training for students to gain employment is an area they're interested in is a great opportunity," she said.

Ms Evans said schools across Eyre Peninsula were linked through subjects offered with their trade training centres which allowed students to access courses they would not otherwise have available at their own schools.

This story Spotlight on VET pathways for students first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.