Vocational Education &Training (VET)

Mrs Lilly Moar
VET Coordinator
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A students undertaking a VET course have the opportunity to simultaneously obtain both an HSC and a nationally accredited qualification for which they would normally have to attend a TAFE College.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are either Board Developed Courses, which may contribute to the calculation of an ATAR, or Board Endorsed Courses. VET courses give students work-related skills in a variety of industry areas. Students can receive a nationally recognised qualification when they complete their course.
The recently completed O’Connor Catholic College Trade Training Centre delivers Certificate II in Construction Pathways and Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations).
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Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (QUALIFICATION CODE: SIT20312)

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is offered as a stage 6 elective. It is a dual qualification, students completing the 2 year course can receive the nationally recognized qualification in addition to counting 2 units of ATAR points as part of the 10 units required for the Higher School Certificate.

In 2015/2016 the units of competency studied are as follows

SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA201 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXWHS101 Participate in safe work practices
SITHKOP101 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHCCC101 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC102 Prepare simple dishes
SITHFAB204 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHCCC202 Produce appetisers and salads
SITHCCC103 Prepare sandwiches
SITHIND201 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
BSBWOR203B Work effectively with others
SITHCCC201 Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC207 Use cookery skills effectively

Maintain the quality of perishable items


For more information on the qualifications of this subject, see the link here to the Board of Studies web site

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There is a requirement for students to participate in 70 hrs of workplacement over the 2 years. A students current paid work can contribute to these hours.  Students will engage in food preparation sessions each week. A fee is payable to cover the cost of consumables. All equipment is provided by the school although students will need to provide their own uniform.
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There are opportunities for participation in the Seaworld Nara Resort Hotel School, running catering functions and working in the Wholly Bean Café.

Focus Magazine article on the wholly bean.

O’Connor also offers Certificate II in Business Services. O’Connor’s Business Services students have won the prestigious Australian Vocational Student Prize in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012
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Students of recently added VET subject Primary Industries, are able to take advantage of the already well established O’Connor Agriculture Farm which is being upgraded to meet requirements of this subject.

Students attending O’Connor Catholic College have access to TAFE VET (TVET) courses. TAFE New England (TNE) delivers a diverse range of courses from Armidale and Tamworth Campuses some of which are available on-line whilst others are delivered face-to-face.
To ensure no student is disadvantaged, O’Connor Catholic College subsidizes TAFE fees where a TVET course is appropriate for that student’s particular pattern of study.

Additional information