Do you want to learn a trade, but you don’t know which one? The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Ticket to a Trade is a six month course that will give you the opportunity to try a trade.
Find your future in the trades
This course is for young people who did not finish Year 12, but want to improve their basic literacy, numeracy, personal, and work skills. While you improve these skills, you will also take part in taster classes in building and construction trades. These classes will help you choose your future career.
At the end of this course, you will graduate with a VCAL at Intermediate level. The VCAL is a nationally recognised senior school certificate.
Guidance for your career
This course will give you the opportunity to re-enter education. As you try different trades, our Student Pathways Advisors (SPAs) will help you decide which trade you would like to do in the future.
Careers counselling is a central part of this course. You can feel supported by our friendly and approachable teachers who are experts at working with young people. You will also find support from our strong connections with community agencies.
This is a pre-vocational course. It will help you to make better choices about your future study or job.
In order to graduate with an Intermediate VCAL, you must complete a learning program which contains a minimum of 10 credits. One credit is awarded on successful completion of 90-100 nominal hours of accredited curriculum. A certificate must contain two VCAL units at the award level (Personal Development Skills and Literacy) and other curriculum components from:
- VCAL units
- VCE units
- VET accredited curriculum or training packages
- Further Education accredited curriculum
Program must include:
- a minimum of two VCAL credits. One must be an Intermediate personal development VCAL unit
- one literacy credit (at Certificate II level)
- one numeracy credit
- one industry specific credit
- one work related skills credit
- Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate II level (or above)
Course duration consists of one (1) semester VCAL, and one (1) semester pre-apprenticeship
Modes of Delivery
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is ongoing and can occur at any time during the program. Methods may include a portfolio of accumulated evidence, teacher observation and/or checklists, evidence gained through projects or program participation, awards from recognised programs, self assessment inventories, and oral and written work
MaterialsYou will need to supply basic stationery requirements and some equipment may need to be purchased for industry specific modules. You will need to buy work boots and work pants
Entrance RequirementsYou must be at least 15 years old and have not completed Year 12. Selection is by interview
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion of this course will enable you to go into VCAL Senior, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or into a vocational education and training (VET) certificate
Career PathwaysOnce you have completed this pre-vocational course of study, you should be able to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study or employment
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBCMM201||COMMUNICATE IN THE WORKPLACE||40|
|BSBITU211||PRODUCE DIGITAL TEXT DOCUMENTS||60|
|LIT022||LITERACY SKILLS INTERMEDIATE ORAL COMMUNICATION||100|
|NUM011||NUMERACY SKILLS FOUNDATION||100|
|PDS021||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS INTERMEDIATE UNIT 1||100|
|VU22413||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF COMPLEX TEXTS FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||30|
|VU22418||CREATE A RANGE OF COMPLEX TEXTS FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||30|
|VU22420||CREATE A RANGE OF COMPLEX TEXTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKPLACE||30|
|VU22422||INVESTIGATE AND INTERPRET SHAPES AND MEASUREMENTS AND RELATED FORMULAE||50|
|VU22424||INVESTIGATE AND USE SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL FORMULAE AND PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES||50|
|WRS021||WORK RELATED SKILLS INTERMEDIATE UNIT 1||100|
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.