The GTEC model

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School = Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

VCAL is a recognised secondary qualification equivalent to Year 11 and 12 that offers you the flexibility to match your interests with your learning needs. GTEC delivers VCAL within a TAFE setting, therefore enabling access to a wide range of vocational courses. 
VCAL combines compulsory strands of study in literacy and numeracy, work related skills and personal development skills, with a vocational career choice. This vocational component is essential for students to receive a fully completed VCAL Certificate.
GTEC students undertake subjects at either Foundation, Intermediate or Senior levels dependent on an individual assessment of their learning needs.
Rather than confining all subjects to a classroom, they are often integrated into a range of projects and outdoor education activities. Literacy and numeracy, wherever possible, are also tailored to students’ chosen field.

TAFE Training = Trade

GTEC offers VCAL + TAFE Training (Certificate II or III) in a number of industry disciplines. This means students can graduate with another qualification directly aligned to their career choice. This training takes place at The Gordon and occasionally at external community locations.
Training is underpinned by industry standard Occupational Health and Safety work practices, and First Aid and Construction Induction Card are also completed in most trades.

Work = Structured Workplace Learning or School-Based Apprenticeship/ Traineeship

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)
SWL differs from observational work experience because it involves the student actively participating in the work, as on-the-job training. It forms an important component of a student’s VCAL studies, and includes the completion of a work diary and work related assignments that will help achieve VCAL outcomes. The aim of GTEC is to have all students ready to commence SWL by the end of first term.
SWL provides students with the opportunity to work and train with an employer to enhance their employability skills. Students are able to develop a work history in their chosen field as well as practice skills developed through their TAFE training. The ultimate goal of SWL is to secure a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)
GTEC works with local employers to match students to industry, with the potential for employment as a School-based Apprentice or Trainee.
A great career option for students in Year 11 and 12, with a number of features and benefits:

  • Get a head start in a chosen career; finish Years 11 and 12 while you start your apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Be paid a training or apprentice wage for the time you spend ‘on-the-job’, and complete structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.
  • ‘Competency based’ assessment means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skill level.

As a School Based Apprentice, you are covered by a training contract, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

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Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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The Gordon acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, study and do business.
The Gordon is an inclusive workplace and welcomes people of any age, culture, religion, gender, sexuality and ability.