To provide students the opportunity to “sample” vocational pathways as part of Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETis) and career planning.
• Pines Learning
• Box Hill Institute
• East Doncaster Secondary College
• Doncaster Secondary College
Context and Goals
Following the success of the Whitehorse Vocational Tasters Program, Gateway LLEN identified the need to expand this program across all Gateway LLEN regions to improve opportunities for young people. The Manningham region was next to access vocational taster programs in an adult-learning environment, enhancing pathway and career planning opportunities.
The Partnership’s Approach
Gateway LLEN worked with Pines Learning, Box Hill Institute, East Doncaster Secondary College & Doncaster Secondary College to identify a practical solution to the limited vocational taster opportunities available to students in Manningham. To best utilise available resources, Gateway LLEN funded the pilot program for the Manningham region. Students had the opportunity to experience applied learning in their field of interest and explore associated pathway options.
“It was great to learn more about bike mechanics and understand how I can fix one myself. The course was lots of fun and I can’t wait to do VET subjects at my school in year 11.”
East Doncaster Secondary College Student.
• Supports access to real-life learning opportunities
• 23 students in the Manningham region participated in the pilot program
• Develops work readiness skills in participating students
• Improves career and pathway information
The program was initially piloted for the Manningham region in Term 4 2013 in partnership with Pines Learning, East Doncaster Secondary College and Doncaster Secondary College. These successful tasters will be expanded to include Templestowe Secondary College in 2014. The initial 2013 pilot was oversubscribed. It is the long-term aim of the Vocational Taster Partnership to expand across all Gateway LLEN regions (Monash, Whitehorse and Manningham), where students from all secondary colleges across the regions can access low cost, community-based, vocational taster programs.
Support from the Partnership Broker
“Many multi-stakeholder partnerships and other forms of non-traditional collaboration fall short (even fail) because the partnering process is not well understood or managed. Our working hypothesis is that where there is effective partnership brokering, there is a significant difference in the quality and impact of collaborative activity.”
The Partnership Brokers Association.