The GTEC Model for Success

VCAL Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

VCAL is a recognised secondary qualification equivalent to Year 11 and 12 and offers you the flexibility to match your interests with your learning needs. GTEC is a ‘Secondary Provider in a TAFE environment’ which means we deliver a senior secondary school program (VCAL), but within the context of technical and further education therefore enabling access to a wide range of Vocational (VET) courses.  

VCAL combines compulsory strands of study in Literacy and Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills with an interest or career choice; this Vocational (VET) component is essential for students to receive a fully completed VCAL Certificate. GTEC’s project-based VCAL program is unique, in that it can also integrate the Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology (CAD/Drafting) as part of the learning outcomes, so students can gain credit towards an additional qualification.

Trade = VET (Vocational Education and Training)

GTEC offers VCAL + VET/TAFE Training (Certificate II or III) in a number of industry disciplines outlined in our course menu. This training takes place at The Gordon and occasionally at external community locations.
VET 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 = SWL or SBAT 

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.

When does an SWL happen?
Why do we do it?

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)
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, where you can finish Years 11 and 12 while you start your full apprenticeship or traineeship either full time or part time. 
  • Be paid a training or apprentice wage for the time you spend ‘on-the-job’ with your employer, 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. 

Existing skills and prior experience are recognised and credit can be granted, potentially reducing your formal training time.

You are covered by a training contract, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life

GTEC works with local employers to match students from their respective TAFE  training streams to industry, with the potential for employment as a School-based Apprentice or Trainee. Students may remain in SWL until they are deemed ‘work ready’ with skills and attitudes sufficiently developed for them to be employed.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

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

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