VCAL is a senior secondary school certificate designed as a hands-on alternative to VCE and a different, equally valid way to access further education and training. Classroom work and activities are based around real life scenarios and have, where possible, practical applications to life and work. VCAL is also a pathway to apprenticeships, traineeships and many kinds of employment. We offer Intermediate and Senior VCAL. Classes at Pines Learning are run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students participate in the VET in Schools program at various TAFEs and RTOs on Wednesdays.
Plenty of schools and education providers offer VCAL – but not the way we do. At Pines Learning it’s about:
- how we deliver the learning
- the empowerment experience you’ll have
- the potential you’ll achieve and
- the positive future you’ll set up for yourself.
We have some exciting news for 2022! We are pleased to let you know that we have a plan for Youth Recovery Pathway for our VCAL students to help them achieve during the Covid-19 pandemic. The students who attend in 2022 will have a great opportunity to build skills and knowledge in the hospitality industry. The students will complete a basic Barista and Food Handling course and apply their knowledge with hands-on experience in a pop-up coffee shop, which will run through each Term.
The students will experience different job roles such as team leader, barista, finance, ordering stock, customer service and many more. The job roles will be rotated so that each student will have different job opportunities throughout the year.
The VCAL learning outcomes will revolve around the coffee shop, and the students will be able to add the skills and knowledge to their resume to help them gain employment in the community.
Here is what past students say:
“I’ve definitely grown as a person while doing VCAL here. Once the pressure I’d felt at school was off, I felt free and ready to learn. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can go now!”
Grace Year 11
“I’ve improved so much doing VCAL at Pines Learning. I’m just better at everything. I think it’s because of the style of learning suits me. I’ve discovered strengths I didn’t know I had. It’s made me feel confident about the future.”
Lachie Year 11
“I’m staying on to do Year 12 – it’s such a fabulous place to learn with wonderful teachers.”
Taylah Year 11
“When you fit in and the right help’s always available, you learn. That’s what I’ve found, anyway.”
Kayn Year 12
“The teachers are always there and available to us. And they really care. There’s a lot of choice too and heaps more freedom than you get at school. It just makes sense to focus on the learning that’s getting you ready to get and keep a job.”
Mitchell Year 10