Take ownership of your own learning

Are you aged 15-19 years of age and interested in completing further education and training? Looking for a relaxed and supportive environment with understanding staff? Then, our Youth Education is the right place to be!

 

We offer VCAL at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels, and we offer continuous intake throughout the year. Whilst the program runs Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 3.00pm and follows standard school terms, we can tailor flexible engagement to suit student needs.

 

Our VCAL program also provides students the opportunity to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate, enabling the students to complete with two recognised qualifications. Completing VET subjects as part of VCAL prepares the student for the standards expected from employers and can also be a pathway to further studies. Our VET courses (compulsory) are run in-house and change annually in response to the student's areas of interests. SkillsPlus also offers a range of onsite employment support through their employment services teams.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification and gives practical work related experience as well as literacy and numeracy skills.  

VCAL assists to build personal skills that are more important for life and work.  Our VCAL program also provides students the opportunity to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate, enabling the students to complete with two recognised qualifications.

Completing VET subjects as part of VCAL can prepare you for the standards expected from employers and can also be a pathway to further studies.

Levels and locations

VCAL is available at our Frankston and Dandenong sites at three levels:

- Foundation level (Year 10)

- Intermediate level (Year 11)

- Senior level (Year 12)

Who can join?

VCAL at SkillsPlus is suited for students

 - who wants a hands-on option

 - who are no longer attending a mainstream school

 - who may require additional support in a smaller class setting

Support services

Our team works closely with Mental Health Services, Corrections, Youth Justice, and DHHS to ensure that our students are well supported. We provide advocacy support, referral brokerage, and on site case management, along with a rich and diverse education experience.

Youth Education Governance

Our Youth Education Programs support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
  • Elected Government

  • The Rule of Law

  • Equal Rights for All before the Law

  • Freedom of Religion

  • Freedom of Speech and Association

  • The Values of Openness and Tolerance

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Reflection about the past year

"Everyone is raving about leaving school, but for me, I am leaving my family. SkillsPlus was the last resort for me. I had been out of school for 12 months because I had been raising my three younger siblings. Every morning I woke up, got them ready for school, cleaned, cooked, got them ready for bed, cleaned a bit more and went to bed myself.

 

Obviously, there was no time for school so I dropped out. I fell into a really bad state of depression as well, because there was no time to go see friends and I was constantly at home. In October 2014, I moved out of my mother's house in Epping and into my two aunties' house in Frankston. I was in a completely new environment and had to learn everything.

 

I started seeing Mel at SkillsPlus who worked her ass off to get me into SkillsPlus Youth Education. I remember how scared I was my first day and how I thought I wouldn't make any friends. God... How I was wrong. Everyone was amazingly nice to me on my first day and it only got better.

 

Towards the middle of the year we were asked to think about our futures. I had a huge breakdown about wanting to be a hairdresser and how I'd never fit into that industry. I was so stuck on what I wanted to do with my life.

 

Right around the same time, we started volunteering at Nepean Special School and helping around their school. We spent every Wednesday there, painting for their production or playing sport with them. I can't even describe the joy I felt when we went there every Wednesday. That place just brings so much happiness into everyone's lives. To see how happy the beautiful kids are even when struggling with everything is incredible.

 

I started to imagine working there and helping all those amazing kids. Working with beautiful Ali has encouraged me to complete my Certificate IV in Disability Services next year. Ali is an absolute angel and it astounds me how, after everything she has been through, she still continues to smile and make everyone around her smile.

 

I need to thank everyone who made this year so incredible. My aunties for taking me in, Clare for letting me into the Youth Education program even when the class was full, and Mel for her continued support.  I'm going to miss everything about this year. I am going to miss the train rides into the city for excursions. I'm going to miss the coffee and tea runs, the before and after school rants, the endless hugs and shoulders to cry on. I'll miss how everyone joins together when something bad happened. I'll miss the laughter, the tears and even the drama.

 

This year has been a roller-coaster of emotions, but I would not change a thing. I especially need to thank Mel for everything, for being a shoulder to cry on, for listening to my problems day in and day out, for never giving up on me or anyone else no matter how difficult we were to deal with. I need to thank her for giving me a confidence boost and continuing to push me to be the best person that I can be. Mel has been more of a mum to me than my own. I've never had someone there for me as much as she has been there and I can't thank her enough.

 

SkillsPlus is my family. Everyone here has everyone's back no matter what and that means everything to me. I have never met a more amazing group of people. This place means more to me than I'll ever be able to explain. Without SkillsPlus I wouldn't be the person that I am today. It's going to be hard not seeing everyone every day. I am leaving SkillsPlus with a Year 12 pass and an incredible family."

Tegan

VCAL Student