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Trinity News : April 2012
Supported by the Association of Independent Schools of NSW, last Term Trinity Grammar School hosted an exciting initiative in welcoming 100 Vocational Education Teachers and Coordinators from the Association of Independent School (AIS) at its “VET Network and Industry Engagement Day.” In a year of so many changes in this exciting sector, recognition and professional development for VET teachers is crucial for the specific skills that the industry requires. Network day informed VET practitioners about the training packages, requirements and industry standards needed to have a better understanding of their own continuous improvement strategies for training and assessment, while giving opportunities to engage with keynote speakers who have extensive knowledge of the VET sector. VET in schools has grown dramatically since 2001. This year approx 19,000 Year 12 students undertook Vocational Education and Training Courses in NSW schools. Having important events such as this day can help to promote best practices in VET in this exciting and rapidly changing sector. The programme during the day included: ́ Networking and sharing resources with other VET practitioners . ́ Exploring pedagogical issues and ways to improve the quality of VET within one’s school. ́ Learning how to manage VET processes in the school environment. ́ Developing outreach and creating opportunities in understanding new ideas, sharing and developing resources and continuous improvement strategies in promoting best practice in vocational education. ́ Receiving new developments from ASQA, the Board of Studies and Industry stakeholders regarding the curriculum requirements and practical mentoring opportunities. The VET Expo Industry Engagement in the afternoon provided an ideal platform to promote traditional and non-traditional trades, as well as the NSW Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs), which provide independent industry advice on the training and skill needs of industry which facilitate workforce development. The event was designed to facilitate ALL students (Years 9-12) with both an academic and vocational focus in creating future pathways, planning transition pathways, exploring career futures, strengthening student outcomes through vocational learning and building networks and connections. We thank our Year 11 Business Services Students who helped handle the registrations on the day and the AIS in supporting this event, particularly Heather Chand (VET Coordinator), and to all our wonderful speakers and presenters on the programme participating in the 2011 VET Network and Industry Engagement Day. We hope that we can all again contribute soon to the next phase in supporting VET teachers through the provision of good induction and mentoring, because a successful mentoring partnership is a career development experience to be enjoyed. Dr Frederick Osman | Director of Enterprise and Vocational Education image left to right: Helen Stig, Ashraf Salem, Judy Finn, Ian Balcomb and Dr Frederick Osman REFLECTIONS ON VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING | NETWORK DAY TRINITY NEWS 25 NathanFinn(7Ar)andRyanMaranik(7Ar)introducetheirmumsMrsMonicaRoss-MaranikandMrsLisaFinntotheintricaciesoftheRecordBook