Are you a young person interested in the trades but not sure which one? Our Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Ticket to a Trade is six-month program that will give you the opportunity to find out what trade you might like to undertake in the future.
Determine your future in the trades
The VCAL is an accredited senior school completion certificate, and completion of this course will earn you the VCAL at Foundation level.
The VCAL Ticket to a Trade program is for young learners who have not completed Year 12 and wish to develop their literacy, numeracy, personal and work related skills while experiencing different trades. Students participate in taster sessions in the building and construction departments. This will help you make informed choices about your future study path.
VCAL Ticket to a Trade can also be undertaken at Intermediate or Senior levels.
Guidance for your career
VCAL will provide you with an opportunity to re-engage with education. You will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) and take part in trade workshops to help you decide which trade you would like to undertake in the future. Careers counselling will be an integral part of the program. Benefit from working with expert teachers who specialise in working with young people and make good use of our strong connections with community agencies.
To be awarded a Foundation 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 to include:
- minimum of two VCAL credits, one of which one is a Foundation personal development VCAL unit
- one literacy credit (at Certificate I level)
- one numeracy credit
- one industry specific credit
- one work related skills credit
Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate I level (or above).
This is a pre-vocational course of study that will enable you to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study or employment.
For further information on our VCAL Ticket to a Trade program, at Foundation study level, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
DepartmentBridging and Prep
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment is ongoing and can occur at any time during the program. Assessment 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 over 15 years of age 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 Intermediate, a pre-apprenticeship, an apprenticeship, a VET certificate or employment.
Career PathwaysThis course is the first step towards further study and better employment prospects.
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.
|PDS011||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1||100|
|VU20955||WORKPLACE SAFETY AND SITE INDUCTION||34|
|VU20971||CARPENTRY HAND TOOLS||80|
|VU21323||DEVELOP AND DOCUMENT A LEARNING PLAN AND PORTFOLIO||20|
|VU21325||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||25|
|VU21327||ENGAGE WITH TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES||25|
|VU21329||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||25|
|VU21331||CREATE TEXTS OF LIMITED COMPLEXITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKPLACE||25|
|VU21333||WORK WITH A RANGE OF NUMBERS AND MONEY IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|VU21335||WORK WITH MEASUREMENT IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|VU21336||WORK WITH DESIGN AND SHAPE IN FAMILIAR AND ROUTINE SITUATIONS||30|
|VU21363||INVESTIGATE AND INTERPRET SHAPES AND MEASUREMENTS AND RELATED FORMULAE IN A RANGE OF CONTEXTS||50|
|VU21365||INVESTIGATE & USE SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL FORMULAE & PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES IN A RANGE OF CONTEXTS||50|
|WRS011||WORK RELATED SKILLS FOUNDATION UNIT 1||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.