From Yr 10 onwards, all students are able to participate in Work Experience on a weekly basis for 2 1/2 years learning and developing skills to participate in the work force.
The Nelson Park School and Northern Bay College partnership enables use of the Trade Training Centre and supports the vocational education development of our students.
Later Years of Schooling – Years 10-12
Students in the later years of schooling are offered a pathway via 3 distinct programs; the Personal Applied Learning program (PAL), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program (VCAL) and the Community and Applied Learning program (CAL). These programs are offered over a three year period.
Personal and Applied Learning (PAL)
The PAL curriculum endeavours to enhance students’ competencies, and contribute towards future independence by extending beyond the VELS to include real life experiences at school, home and within the community, in conjuction with more formal learning. The curriculum is structured into three learning areas:-
Community Engagement, Independent Living, Vocational Pathways and includes skill and knowledge development in Literacy, Numeracy, Work Experience, Career Development, Health & Human Relations, Social Skill Development, Food Preparation and Canteen work crew.
Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
The VCAL curriculum provides a diverse range of hands-on learning opportunities and experiences to support student pathways into further education, training and employment.
The curriculum is designed around student needs and incorporates the following:
- Literacy, numeracy, VET prac options, work related skills, personal development skills
- Preparation for employment, work epxperience and volunteer work
- VCE health & human development, VCE food and technology
- Community partnerships, interstate trips
Students undertake a work experience placement, structured work placement or Post School Options sampling one day per week off campus.
Nelson Park has a strong partnership with a number of community services and organisations supporting the development of hands-on skills and knowledge necessary for Pathways planning.
Community and Applied Learning Program (CAL)
The CAL curriculum endeavours to enhance students’ competencies, and contribute towards future independence by developing and extending real life experience and hands-on skills development. This program takes students into the community to learn and work. A strong focus is maintained in functional literacy and numeracy together with projecy based learning opportunities to develop 21st Century skills.
- Practical Literacy, Practical Numeracy, Work Experience
- Career Education, Work crew, Work Related Skills, OH&S, Project based learning, VET
- Integrated studies, Health & Human Development
The Careers Development program at Nelson Park is one that we are very proud of and is seen as giving our students the best opportunities to succeed on their chosen pathway. It encompasses Volunteering and Enclaves (school based work skills programs) and Work Experience which can on occasions lead to School Based Traineeships.
Essentially we work to give a wide range of options for students to meet their interest in an industry or business. In the last 10 years, approximately 250 different businesses have hosted our students to provide a Work experience placement. Some are generous and provide a placement almost every term, some are niche employers and cater to a specific student’s needs.
The program is designed to engage our students into school and learning and provide the best opportunity to gain meaningful employment once they have left school. Here are some of our successes:
BF: 4 year apprenticeship in Auto Repair with Winter and Taylor
BB: into 3 year of Viticulture at Banks Rd Winery
TRB: still working at Montessori Kindergarten after 6 years
AA: working at Clifton Springs Golf Club
HP: Completed Cert III, now into Cert IV in Diesel Mechanic.
CV: Recently landed apprenticeship at Geelong Cats Bistro
TO: self-employed, now working sub-contract with Jim’s Mowing
TM: Cert III Primary Producing, retained by employer for 4 years. Now at Air Radiators for shift allowance so he can buy his own home.
LM: refused to participate in Work Experience until year 12. Completed Bricklaying apprenticeship, now undertaking Carpentry apprenticeship so that he can do most of the building.
However, the program would not be successful if it were not for the generous host employers who guide and mentor our students. Nelson Park School encourages all members of our school community to at least consider these businesses for the goods and services they provide. Here is a short list of some of the more regular employers;
A & D Stockfeeds and Firewood (North Geelong)
Brotherhood of St Laurence Op-Shop (Grovedale)
City Learning and Care (the Link- Whittington)
dial –a – lunch (Geelong City)
GDP Industries (North Geelong)
GUF Games (Geelong City)
John Coumans Motors (North Geelong)
Mercy Care Rice Village (Marshall)
Newlanders IGA (Bell Park)
NQR (North Geelong)
Quiksilver (North Shore Warehouse)
RedGum & Iron (South Geelong)
The Paddock, Homestart (Encompass)
Wright Dental Prosthetics (Geelong City).
We also have excellent partnerships with G-Force, 4GR, Apprenticeships Matter who give our students many layers of support and opportunity to be successful.