Students at Kennedy have the opportunity to complete vocational studies through the VET delivered to Secondary Students (VETdSS) program. In this issue, we feature Juliet who is training for her Certificate III in Education Support at the Fremantle Education Centre (FEC) and is currently completing her work placement component at Shelley Primary School.
“My first day at FEC was scary. I was the only one from Kennedy and didn’t know anyone,” recalls Juliet, “but that apprehension only lasted one day.”
Juliet fondly remembers the friendly nature of her trainers at FEC, and the way they made her feel welcome. “The lecturers are approachable and knowledgeable – all of them have had years of experience working in ed support and they really prepare you well for work experience.”
Part of Certificate III in Education Support is completing 150 hours of work experience at a Primary School, and students are expected to apply for placements, similar to applying for a job. “It can be quite challenging applying for work placement because some schools already have work experience students, so it is important to apply early, and if possible, to pick a school close to where you live. I think it is also helpful to have someone you know working at the school.”
Juliet is, enjoying her work placement and said, “I love doing the work experience, interacting with Year 1 students, engaging with them one on one, demonstrating Physical Education sport, even marking their work – definitely worth waking up to in the morning!”
While not quite sure about her career choice as yet, her VET course and work experience are definite contributors to her being able to make a more informed choice in the near future.
Mr Ernesto Ramirez
VET/Workplace Learning/S.I.D.E. Coordinator