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Windaroo Valley State High School is a registered training organisation (RTO Provider Code 30480) in the following industry areas, Hospitality, Business Services, Outdoor Recreation and Information Technology. Many of the courses offered in these areas have common competencies so recognition of prior learning can apply.   We also have courses in Construction and Sport and Recreation provided by external registered training organisations.

From 1 January 2015, the Australian Government requires all students undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), including school RTOs, must have a valid USI for students before issuing a student with a qualification or statement of attainment. If a student does not have a USI the RTO cannot issue the qualification or statement of attainment.

The USI will seamlessly link information about a student's VET achievements, regardless of where they studied.  This will make it easier for students and RTOs to find and collate an individual’s VET achievements.    

Students choosing Vocational Education Subjects will be given a student handbook outlining the procedures in place for VET at Windaroo Valley State High School. Specific subject information will be given out by the department concerned. If more information is required at this point please contact the HOD of VET or the HOD of Senior Schooling. 

Our senior curriculum offers students the opportunity to undertake a paid school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT).  In this program students usually attend work for one day per week and attend school for the additional four days. Training for school based traineeships/ apprenticeships are negotiated and may take place at school, in the workplace or at TAFE. In some instances, students’ timetables are adjusted in order to accommodate the additional study that is required to complete the requirements of the SAT.  Relevant units of competence achieved at school are acknowledged and can reduce the training requirements of the SAT. 

We encourage all Pathways students to take up this opportunity while undertaking their senior schooling. OP students will be considered for these programs on a case by case basis.  This is an opportunity to attain further credentials, and all credentials awarded through these programs receive recognition and credit at training institutions.  While an apprenticeship or traineeship may not be a long term ambition, it could be seen as one of the ways of achieving their goals. 


The Head of Department – Vocational Education and Training will provide all Year 10 students with the opportunity to register their interest. Once students have completed this form, it will be forwarded to the Industry Liaison Officer. (ILO) The ILO will inform the school as positions become available or alternatively students can also find their own host employers and notify the school. The school will then manage the sign-up and training plan with the employer. 

No, definitely not! Some students who undertake traineeships or apprenticeships use the qualifications as a stepping stone to a degree course at University or other training. Completing a traineeship or apprenticeship provides you with a formal qualification that is nationally recognised.
Some students have had part-time jobs at fast food chains and have taken the initiative to convert their job into a traineeship. While they had no ambition to build a career in this area, the qualification allowed them to upgrade their OP and go to University while receiving credit for their qualifications from the traineeship, and gaining valuable practical work experience.  

·  Talk to the Head of Department – Vocational Education and Training


·   Make an appointment to see the Industry Liaison Officer (ILO)


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