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    GROWING IDEAS: From left, Enid Knight and Cooper Myers, of St Brigid’s College, Willow Martin, Holy Trinity Lutheran College, and Skillinvest equine trainer Kim Packer at a Skillinvest roadshow. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Skillinvest roadshow guiding senior students

Wimmera senior school students explored a variety of training pathways during a Skillinvest travelling roadshow.

Skillinvest offers courses in agriculture, automotive, equine, building and construction, and through its Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, VDSS or VET, is showcasing these to year-nine students.

Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College teacher Wayne Bandel said although it appeared early to choose a career, it was good for students to see what was available to them locally.

“As a school we’re entering our pathways weeks and we’re starting to talk about VET, Victorian Certificate of Education, VCE, subjects, and school-based apprenticeships,” he said.

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“We’d like students to start making these choices towards the end of term, so they know what 2025 is going to look like. The earlier we get numbers locked in, the more likely it is that trainers will be sourced to meet demand.”

The roadshow gave students the opportunity to learn about pathways and engage in practical demonstrations.

“By tapping into the experts within the trades, the better the information the students actually get,” Mr Bandel said.

VDSS programs can be undertaken as part of secondary school studies, or as a combination of study and employment through school-to-work programs.

VDSS programs offer students nationally or state-recognised vocational certificates, which are endorsed for recognition in the VCE, VCE Vocational Major, or the Victorian Pathway Certificate.

Skillinvest VET co-ordinator Di Dent said students responded well to the event.

“Following the positive response and engagement from students and schools to our first roadshow, we plan to make it an annual event,” she said.

“VDSS empowers students to embark on their vocational pathway while still at school, providing them with valuable industry knowledge to guide their career goals.”

Participating colleges included Birchip, Murtoa, Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran, Kaniva, Goroke P-12, Rainbow, Edenhope, and Horsham’s St Brigid’s. 

Students interested in VDSS courses in 2025 can get more information through school VET or careers co-ordinator. 

Schools interested in VDSS can contact Ms Dent on 1300 135 008 or email

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