The Rotary Club of Padstow began its program of Youth Vocational Awards to reward students who in the opinion of teachers and peers have worked hard to excel in their chosen vocation.

The 18th Annual “Rotary Youth Vocational Awards” was held on the 9th of September 2014 at East Hills Boys High School.
Most kids go through High School not knowing what job they want to do when they leave.Some do get their act together.
Vocational Awards is a mouthful and just means that kids who are still in school have chosen a job to follow after they leave school and take special classes to learn that job. The kids in these photos have done really well.
The certificate they receive is recognised by employers and will enhance any curriculum vitae.

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The  evening began with
hors deuvres prepared solely
by the hospitality students





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Just a sample of the mouth watering delights prepared by hospitality students






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Past President Colin Duff opens the evenings proceedings







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Past District Governor of Rotary district 9690, Keith Roffey informed us on the importance of vocational training.




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The “Wakakirri” dance group entertained us with their creation iDol v2.0





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PDG Keith and President Joan Wells begin presentation of Certificates of achievement





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Another Certificate is awarded to a student who has achieved





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Group photo of all the students who achieved the Vocational Awards Certificate







Since their inception, Vocational Education and Training courses have focused on linking students to employment. Based on the National Training Curriculum and derived from national industry standards, the courses have industry support in terms o0f curriculum design and course delivery, as well as being designed to meet industry training needs.

Vocational Education and Training Courses are accredited by the Board of Studies as part of the Higher School Certificate. They also allow students to gain AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) accreditation.

Work placement is a mandatory component of all Vocational Education and Training Courses Generally, work placement is 35 hours for every120 hour of course work. Students studying 2 Unit courses will spend 70 hour in work placement.

Work placements are part of a structured training program with several learning outcomes. The assessment is competency based and students are assessed on their own achievements. In the assessment ‘entry level’, industry standards are used-the same as those used for someone starting out in the job.

All details of the particular skills and knowledge acquired by the student are recorded in a formal competency record. These skills are industry recognised and may assist the student in securing a higher award wage or gaining employment. The accredited assessor (either a workplace supervisor or a trained vocational course teacher) signs off on the competency record after assessment.