Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)


VET and Careers Coordinator
– Ms Maureen Johnson

Sir Francis Bacon (1561 ‐ 1626) is credited with the phrase "knowledge is power". This statement is especially true when it comes to knowledge about what opportunities exist in regard to careers and vocational education and training. It is vital that students are aware of the incredible array of opportunities that exist after graduating from school. In addition, it is crucial that students know the required skills and grades to pursue their chosen career. Sir Francis Bacon also said that "a wise man will make more opportunities than he finds". Thus, a wise student will work hard to achieve their best in order to make more opportunities available to them.

Students are encouraged to make individual appointments with the Careers Coordinator to discuss their own career goals which may include changing their timetabled subjects and/or seeking general or specific career assistance.

The Careers and VET office is located at the entrance to the Gym from the Courtyard. While parents are welcome to arrange face‐to‐face appointments, you may also telephone or email me to discuss your child's academic progress and career aspirations.

Personal contact, combined with our commitment to compulsory annual student and parent course counselling, enables us to ensure that we can achieve the best outcomes for our students.

Career development at a national level has become a priority. The Australian Blueprint for Career Development has provided a mapping tool to ensure all Australians, young and old, look at lifelong learning, manage change and career planning.


Industry was asked to define what skills they, as employers, identified. Here are some of the employability skills they focused on:

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and Enterprise
  • Planning and Organising
  • Self Management
  • Learning Skills
  • Technology

As the Career Coordinator, my aim is to provide opportunities for our students to develop and practice these employability skills, starting with our timetabled Career Education classes in Year 10, through to identifying and guiding them to develop their own post school exit plan in year 12. In Year 12, students are offered assistance in selecting and applying for the most suitable post school options.

The role of the VET & Careers Coordinator includes coordinating the formal Year 10 Career Education classes and overseeing the implementation of all VET certificates, as well as facilitating our highly successful Workplace Learning classes in Years 11 and 12.

The College is continually looking for stimulating new ways to engage and increase students' knowledge by learning about the vast array of careers that are available to them.

Senior School Career and VET Options


Certificate III Business

Certificate II Engineering

Certificate II Kitchen Operations

Workplace Learning

Certificate II Sport Coaching

YEAR 11 

Certificate II Business

Certificate I Furnishing

Certificate II Hospitality

Workplace Learning

Certificate II Sport and Recreation


Certificate I Business

Certificate I Information, Digital Media and Technology

Ursula Frayne College offers a range of VET opportunities both on and off the school campus. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the Career/VET Coordinator to discuss the most suitable options available which will assist them on their individual career pathway.

The College supports students undertaking off‐campus VET opportunities such as school based traineeships, apprenticeships and TAFE courses provided the student can keep up with their other subjects, with their one day school absence per week.

Year 10 Career Education


In our Year 10 Career Education classes we focus on helping our students match their individual skills, talents and interests to a future career pathway. The year culminates in our off campus Job Seeker's Seminar where the students demonstrate their employability skills. The remainder of the term focuses on preparation for mock employment interviews with volunteers from industry.

 Students enjoy listening to the experienced industry guest speakers, using the specialised computer programs and participating in the vast array of learning activities.

By the end of Year 10, they have developed their own Personal Employment Portfolio and have set  some career goals to focus on in their final years.

Workplace Learning

This is a year-long endorsed course (offered in both Years 11 and 12) and can assist students in selecting their career or confirm that they have selected the correct pathway. It provides students with real-life work experience and can motivate them to improve their overall academic performance so that they can be employed in that area.

Students prepare for, and are placed in, a suitable workplace that they have chosen. While on the placement, students are assessed on work related skills by their supervisor. On returning to school, students reflect on the skills assessed and use this as a basis for continuous improvement.

The theoretical component of this course compliments the students' individual on-the-job learning experience assisting the students in developing sound employability skills. The scope of placements available to students is only limited by the willingness of the employers to train our students.




Remember: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde

For more information about Careers and Vocational Education and training visit the links below:

Career Planning (Student Edge)

Australia's largest member-based organisation of high school and tertiary students. Since 2003, they have been helping members get ahead in their life during their student years and beyond, in the following ways...

  • Member benefits and opportunities (discounts)
  • Becoming ‘Job Ready’(developing the skills employers want)
  • Making informed Career decisions (matching your skills and attributes to careers, using online tools)

Contact the College Careers Coordinator or visit the Student Edge website:


View the video below to get a small insight into the Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Career services offered at Ursula Frayne Catholic College.