VET in Schools students put theory to work 


Students from Sanderson High School were recently involved in a project to build benches for Henbury School as part of the VET in Schools program.

The project, which involved building four wooden benches three metres in length with metal frames, was completed last Friday with the main assembly taking place at Henbury School, where the four benches were coupled around a huge tree.

The students, who were enrolled in the Certificate II in Engineering (Production), visited Charles Darwin University each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for their weekly units.

The units the students undertook as part of the certificate introduced them to skills which will articulate directly into apprenticeships and to other accredited VET courses.

Lecturer in Metals Engineering, Alvin Tan, said it was important to involve the students in projects such as the bench building.

“It gives them motivation and at the same time they can make use of their acquired skills through this course,” Alvin said.

The VET in Schools scheme allows students to start studying for a VET certificate while finishing high school. The courses are industry-focused, practical and often include industry work-placements providing students with real life experience.