Each student has a highly individualised timetable, catering to the needs of the employer, and allowing for TAFE study. The flexibility we achieve in timetabling is a result of the programme operating as a separate stream of study in the school. While some may view the 'separateness' of the programme as a negative, it overcomes the problem of timetabling for vocational student
activities that so many schools face.
Throughout senior, students study English Communication, Pre-vocational Maths, Social and Community Studies and Religion and Ethics. In Year 11, Certificate II in Workplace Practices is completed, whilst Certificate III in Business is undertaken across years 11 and 12 (in partnership with Metropolitan South Institue of TAFE). Certificate II in Information Technology is also undertaken in Year 12. In 2010, Certificate I in Hospitality was introduced as an elective. Students also have the option to complete a Barista Course and their Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate.
The Vocational Department is staffed by: -
1. Head of VET
2. Executive Officer for VET
3. Work Experience Coordinator
4. Teacher Aid
Adequate staffing allows the time for workplace visits, follow-ups on potential school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, and ensuring students achieve the best possible outcomes in all endeavours. Often in schools, the Head of Senior Schooling absorbs the role of VET Coordinator, allowing little if any time for workplace visits, SAT sign-ups, and monitoring of student performance
both at school and in TAFE study.
The unique features of our programme have resulted in a rich history of student success.
EXTERNAL TRAINING 2011
Certificate III in Automotive Mechanics (Heavy Vehicle)
Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Certificate II in Automotive Mechanics
Certificate II in Horticulture
Certificate III in Community Recreation
Certificate III in Business Administration
Certificate I Engineering (Mechanical)
Certificate I Construction
Certificate II Automotive Mechanical
Certificate II Electrotechnology
Certificate II Animal Studies
Certificate II Fashion Design
Certificate II Hospitality
Certificate III Children's Services
Certificate III Tourism
Certificate III Design Fundamentals – Graphics
Certificate III Live Production, Theatre & Events
Diploma of Justice Administration
Diploma of Fitness
Diploma of Business
Diploma of Nursing
Diploma of Building Design & Technology
STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Georgia Sneesby is undertaking Certificate II in Animal Studies at TAFE. She has a love of the sea and a keen interest in Marine conservation. The VET programme has enabled her to combine these interests to create a very interesting career path. She has undertaken work experience with the Australian Marine Conservation Society, and while on holidays in Tasmania, she was able to go diving on the South East Coast with this organisation. Georgia explored a bay with kelp forests 12 metres tall and families of crayfish, then explored further out with seals, small sharks and stingrays accompanying her. Georgia had said that even though the water was cold she found her trip amazing.
Sheridan Sullivan had the chance compete at the Australian National Interschool Horse Riding Championship in Sydney. She was selected to compete with the Queensland Equestrian Eventing Team for this event.
In 2010, four past students of Redlands College received the Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP). This Award recognises outstanding Year 12 students who demonstrate exceptional skill, commitment and achievement while undertaking Vocational Education and Training at school. It also recognises Australian School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships undertaken as part of the Senior Secondary Studies, with a prize pool of $2000 each. Timothy Flemming received the Australian Vocational Student prize and the Prime Minister's Award for Electro Communications and Energy Utilities.
Only the highest achieving recipients of the AVSP are eligible for this award and only one prize is given nationally per category. Timothy received another $2000 for winning this award.
Sam Ososki had the chance to display his fashion design ability in the 'Turning Fabrics into Fashion Competition', which he won along with a $1000 gift card.
Sam had to create an evening wear outfit using products from Spotlight. This he did, turning basic white fabric into an amazing gown.