GALLERY | Students come and try VET

Secondary school students from seven different schools came together on Tuesday August 13 and Wednesday August 14 to try out different Vocational and Educational Training (VET) courses before subject selection for year 11 and 12.

197 students from seven schools including Port Lincoln High School, Navigator College, St Joseph's School, Cummins, Cowell, Tumby Bay and Miltaburra Area Schools attended the two days.

Programs gave students a snippet of what their education might involve if they were to pursue careers or school-based training in kitchen operations, aquaculture, construction, auto mechanics, health care or in the emergency services.

TAFE educators, policemen, firefighters and ambulance officers all held workshops for students to see what their respective fields were all about.

The program, organised by the Further Education and Pathways Directorate within the Education Department, aimed to give year 10 students a taste of the types of skills they could learn through apprenticeships and VET training.

Pathways manager at the Department for Education Dianne Fitzgerald said 84 per cent of the 50 occupations expected to have the most jobs growth in the next eight years will not require a Bachelors Degree.

"There are a number of different options kids have now than what their parents had," she said.

"That's what the day was all about."

She said statistics also showed that the percentage of trainees gaining employment after study was higher than university undergraduates by more than 20 per cent.

Acting Principal at Port Lincoln High School Todd George said it was important that students knew what was on offer for their schooling in 2020.

"It's a taster without having to make a full year commitment," he said.

"It's a good example of the three secondary schools (in Port Lincoln) working together but also making sure we support the area schools."

Student pathways manager at the school Tiff Evans said it was really nice for the students from other schools to try new things they otherwise wouldn't be exposed to.