Flexible Pathways

Vocational Education and Training, Careers and Flexible Learning

At Gleeson College, we have a strong commitment to Career Development and Vocational Education and Training. We engage in flexible modes of learning and innovative pedagogies that assist student to achieve workplace knowledge and experiences, as well as industry standard competencies in a variety of trades and professions.

Under the SACE Recognised Learning provisions, we are able to enrol senior students in nationally accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.  While they are completing their SACE, our VET students also gain competencies in nationally recognised qualifications.  Gleeson students can complete one or two full or partial Certificates, in addition to their SACE, thereby completing their secondary school education with qualifications and competencies at industry standard.

Gleeson students are able to undertake training courses at AQF Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV levels in a broad variety of industry areas.  We currently have students enrolled in carpentry, construction, plumbing pathways, shop-fitting and cabinetmaking, business administration, hairdressing, retail make up and skin care, fitness, early childhood learning, fashion and design technology, game development, animal studies, information and communication technology, meat processing, electro-technology and community services work.


The following YouTube video link highlights some of the training organisations and courses Gleeson College students have undertaken in recent years:

Flexible Learning, VET and Careers @ Gleeson College: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVus_KZMfUw

This is not the only training available. In Year 10 students formally research the industries and careers that interest them as part of the compulsory SACE subject, Personal Learning Plan (PLP).  They are encouraged to undertake work experience placements and short 'taster' style training courses to develop a deeper understanding of the industry or industries selected.

In Year 11, students can nominate the courses they are interested in undertaking at Certificate level and following an assessment process, they are supported in their workplace learning through the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Workplace Practices subjects we offer.

Our VET students travel to different parts of Adelaide to access their training and attend TAFESA campuses at Tea Tree Gully, Elizabeth, Regency Park, Adelaide and Gilles Plains. In addition, we have students who attend the Grand Junction Trade Training Centre (Gilles Plains), PEER VEET (Alberton) and Clip Joint Education (Adelaide).

A major benefit of completing VET during Stage 1 or Stage 2 is that our students can begin to complete qualifications that count towards apprenticeships and traineeships and that can also lead to university courses. For example, Flinders University now has a range of courses that offer guaranteed entry to students who have completed a qualification at Certificate IV level or above.

The other advantage of participating in Recognised Learning is that Gleeson students are able to remain with their peer group while undertaking training.  This is particularly important for Year 12 students who can participate in all of the final year events, such as Athletics Carnival, Swimming Carnival, Year 12 Formal and Retreat, maintaining their identity as a part of the Year 12 cohort until they graduate from Gleeson College.

Gleeson College offers Certificate I Doorways to Construction and Certificate III Fitness on-site, taught by qualified Gleeson teachers who are also certified industry Trainers.  The One+ Campus also makes onsite training available in Hospitality and Electronics (from our specialist Electronics Trade Training Centre).

Talk to a member of our friendly Flexible Learning Team to learn more about how flexible pathways can help your child to achieve excellence at Gleeson College, email our Flexible Pathways Leader, Thomas Blake, via email at: thomas.blake@gleeson.catholic.edu.au