Who comes to the School?
- are interested in studying an individualised and flexible learning environment
- are interested in a vocationally based curriculum and an alternative to the traditional HSC
- have an interest in a particular trade and may want to enter an apprenticeship / traineeship while
- they study for the HSC
- know they want to follow a trade, but are not sure which one is best for them
- do not cope well with formal senior level examinations
How can you get an HSC if you don’t do the HSC exams?
The NSW Board of Studies has a group of subjects that will allow a program of study that meets their requirements for the award of an HSC, but which do not have an external exam or for which the exam is optional.
Are students guaranteed an apprenticeship?
Students are free to arrange their own apprenticeship. However, the School has a full-time Pathways and Partnerships Development Officer who will assist students with finding appropriate work experience, and this will hopefully lead to an offer of an apprenticeship.
How is this program different from a school-based apprenticeship at a traditional school?
At SCTSC, the main focus is on the students’ vocational and trade training and apprenticeship. The School’s program of study is fitted around the days of trade training and work. So there is no need to ‘catch up’ on lessons that were missed when students were out of the school training or working.
Our classroom program is based on a flexible delivery model, with teachers working with each individual student to meet their needs as they study at the pace that is appropriate for good progress.
What are the School hours?
Core classes start each day at 9.00 am and finish at 3.20 pm. There is a morning break and a lunch break each day. The hours of some classes will be flexible to meet the needs of the cohort; this may include some VET classes finishing after 3:20pm.
How often do students train (Off Campus VET– only)?
Training is usually held on one full day each week of the school term. The training day is usually from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
How often do students go to work when they have an apprenticeship?
Most students work 1 or 2 days per week with their trade employer, and are paid for this work. Employment in the school holidays is at the discretion of the employer.
What if a student cannot get an apprenticeship?
The School will continue to explore opportunities for work experience for students within their chosen trade area. As well, these students will receive extra support to develop work readiness skills that will make them more attractive to future employers. The School will work with students and parents to find the best outcome for each student. All students will spend one day each week in the workplace, developing key employability skills that will make them more attractive to future employers.
What are the advantages of the program at SCTSC?
Students at SCTSC will also gain valuable work readiness for the trade environment. They will receive training in First Aid, White Card, resume writing and financial literacy. The School will arrange for speakers from industry to enrich their understanding of the trade environment.
Students will learn in a caring, supportive environment and will have access to programs such as camps, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, sporting activities and other leadership opportunities. Students will also undertake a Christian Studies program.
Our teachers and trainers have extensive industry experience, engage in ongoing professional development and are able to mentor students as they prepare for working in a trade environment.