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VCAL Success Stories

Matthew

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Matthew's VCAL studies included:

Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Oral Communication Foundation,
Reading and Writing Foundation,
Numeracy Skills Foundation

Personal Development Skills
Units 1 + 2 Foundation

Work Related Skills
Unit 2 Foundation

Industry Specific Skills
Automotive (VCE VET) Units 1 + 2
Automotive (VCE VET) Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose VCAL?

Growing up in a family of mechanics I knew that’s what I wanted to do in the future. VCAL’s hands-on learning helped me build skills towards this career. As a student from a special school I found the flexibility of VCAL created a supportive environment that suited my learning needs.

What did your VCAL program include?

I completed a Certificate II in Automotive Studies — the preferred course when applying for a mechanical apprenticeship.

I participated in community based programs and spent over 300 hours achieving my Queens Scout Award. Through these activities I improved my literacy and oral communication skills.

I also worked for local mechanics completing services and repairs under supervision. This gave me a great sense of achievement and taught me how workplaces function and the importance of teamwork.

What was your study management strategy?

I chose activities that interested me and through which I could develop new skills. Once I began my course I remained engaged and did not put things off.

Handwriting is difficult for me so I used speech-to-text technology to help complete work and, where possible, sought alternative ways to demonstrate my learning.

What are your top study tips?

  • Make a plan of what has to be done so you know what tasks you have coming up.
  • Complete tasks as soon as you can. It’s not fun trying to do everything last minute.
  • Balance is really important, so make time for your friends and the activities you enjoy.

What is your advice to future VCAL students?

If you are keen on pursuing employment or further education, VCAL can give you a great head-start. You will have the opportunity to gain workplace experience through a course tailored to your interests.

How has VCAL prepared you for the future?

VCAL gave me the confidence and skills to pursue further learning in the automotive field to help me obtain an apprenticeship.

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Brooke

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Brooke's VCAL studies included:

Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Oral Communication Senior,
Reading and Writing Senior,
Numeracy Skills Senior

Personal Development Skills
Units 1 + 2 Senior

Work Related Skills
Units 1 + 2 Senior

Industry Specific Skills
Certificate III in Retail Baking

VCE Food and Technology
Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose VCAL?

In Year 10 I was offered an apprenticeship at a local bakery. I also wanted to complete Year 12 so I talked to my careers councillor and learned how VCAL could provide the flexibility for me to achieve both my goals.

What did your VCAL program include?

I gained valuable skills in the hospitality industry by completing courses in Occupational Health and Safety, Safe Food Handling and First Aid.

I managed a coffee shop at school. I gained experience in the financial aspects of retail business and learned to communicate as a leader.

I completed my Certificate III in Retail Baking which consisted of two full days of training completed at the bakery where I was an apprentice.

What was your study management strategy?

Each year I created a schedule for all my assessments. This let me plan my training and school strategically so I never felt overwhelmed. Regular communication with my teachers also made it easy to complete my tasks on time and to a high standard.

What are your top study tips?

  • Take advantage of study classes at school to get your work done. If your class is too distracting then find a place that is quieter, e.g. the library.
  • Utilise the teaching staff. I would often discuss my assessments with the teacher to make sure I was on the right track.
  • If you take on a work placement make a detailed weekly planner. This helps you stay on top of everything.

What is your advice to future VCAL students?

VCAL gives you the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship alongside your secondary certificate. Consider the flexibility that a VCAL program has to offer, and discuss your options with your teachers.

How has VCAL prepared you for the future?

VCAL was invaluable. I was able to build a foundation of practical skills that would have been hard to learn in a traditional classroom setting. My experiences helped me become more confident and develop my abilities as a leader. The VCAL program has greatly assisted me in my further studies in Culinary Arts.

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