Vocational Education & Training

VET (Vocational Education & Training) is recognised across Australia. VET programs can give you the opportunity to gain core skills for work and, in some cases, complete training in industry through workplace learning.

Southern River College believes strongly in the advantages of participating in obtaining a qualification.  All our students will complete at least one Certificate II qualification or higher over the course of their senior school studies.

This will give all our students the opportunity to begin training for a career while still at school by undertaking a VET qualification. Among the range of VET programs on offer are school-based certificates as well as those on offer from our local State Training Providers (TAFE) and other Registered agencies.

A VET qualification can contribute up to eight of the 20 units you need to achieve WACE graduation.


The certificates that are delivered at Southern River College to our students:

  • Certificate II Logistics
  • Certificate II Business
  • Certificate II Hospitality
  • Certificate II Sport Coaching
  • Certificate II Sport & Recreation
  • Certificate II Visual Arts
  • Certificate II Creative Industries (Media)
  • Certificate II Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate III Music

In addition to the above the school has two groups of students that have their certificate delivered off site:

  • Certificate II Civil Construction
  • Certificate II Electrotechnology (Career Start)

To complement the delivery of the above qualifications we have many of our students to participate in obtaining experience in the workplace.

The Workplace Learning endorsed program provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work, often referred to as generic, transferable or employability skills. Students learn to apply and adapt the workplace skills that are necessary to understand and carry out different types of work, and that play a key role in lifelong learning. Students go into a workplace one day per week (Friday) to gather the required skills for work and complete a journal on the experience and receive employer feedback on their placement.

Through our counselling process we encourage students to apply for places in programs that our local State Training Providers put forward to VET for School Students each year.  Many of our students complete Certificate II or higher qualifications with Polytechnic West, Central Institute, and Challenger Institute. Other students also apply for vacancies with CET (College of Electrical Training) or MTA (Motor Traders Association) or MPA (Master Plumbers/Painters Association).  Some of these qualifications also incorporate a workplace component.

The following is a list of the broad range of qualifications that students are participating in:


Certificate II Certificate III Certificate IV
Aeroskills – Jandakot Business – Thornlie Digital Games – Thornlie
Baking – Bentley Engineering (Technical) – Beaconsfield IT Networking – Thornlie
Building & Construction – Armadale Health Services Support – Murdoch Business – Thornlie
Retail Make-up – Beaconsfield Events – Northbridge
Hairdressing – Beaconsfield Health Assistance Support – Mt Lawley
Kitchen Operations – Beaconsfield Media – Thornlie
Animal Studies – Bentley or Murdoch Aviation (Flight Operations) – Jandakot
Heavy Vehicle – Midland
Electronics – Thornlie
Processing Plant Operations – Munster
Sampling & Measurement – Northbridge
Automotive Light – Carlisle
Automotive Panel  or  Paint – Carlisle

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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Apprenticeships and traineeships equip young people with employability skills and a nationally recognised qualification.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid employment based training programs for full time school students 15 years of age and over. Under these arrangements the student is both a full time student and a part time employee with the same employment and training privileges and responsibilities as other apprentices/trainees.

To be a school based apprentice/trainee a student must fulfil certain requirements, including:

  • enter into a training contract with an employer to complete an apprenticeship/traineeship;
  • have their school’s agreement to undertake the school based apprenticeship/traineeship; and
  • have the completed units of competency of their apprenticeship/traineeship included on their Western Australian Certificate of Education.

At Southern River College we give students the opportunity to apply for traineeships Term 3 Year 10 for the Public Sector. Successful students would complete a Certificate II Government as Year 11 and 12 students. Opportunities arise for Year 11 students who are in Workplace Learning to convert their endorsed program to a traineeship or apprenticeship.

ADWPL – Authority Developed Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning is an Authority-developed endorsed program that is managed by individual schools. To complete this endorsed program, a student works in one or more real workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the workplace in the Authority’s Workplace Learning Logbook. The student must also provide evidence of his/her knowledge and understanding of the workplace skills by completing the Authority’s Workplace Learning Skills Journal after each 55 hours completed in the workplace.

The total number of hours completed in the workplace is reported on a student’s Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement.