Careers / VET Update

Try A Trade Day at SCCVC for Human Services

On Wednesday the 14th of August, Marie Kekatos and I, Alyssa Lazevski attended the Health Services Try A Trade Day at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood. We learnt about various types of skills needed in a hospital working environment. We participated in many activities such as bed making, taking blood pressure, taking blood sugar levels and listening to each other’s heart. It was an enjoyable day as there were many group discussions and a registered nurse with 25 years’ experience shared his many stories about working in the health industry. We are both glad we had the chance to experience what this course has to offer.

Alyssa Lazevski and Marie Kekatos – Year 10

Work experience at Georges River Council

During the holidays, I went to George’s River Council for two days to complete work experience. The first day I spent with the website and system designer, helping Kam design forms and attend meetings about the George’s River Council intranet and public website. The second day of work experience, I spent with the Communications team. I wrote a media release concerning the need for public input about upcoming events in the George’s River Area, and helped transcribe an interview about an interesting story about a woman and her daughter’s amazing garden. I found the experience interesting and educational and I am grateful for the opportunity.

Joeme Severino Year 12


University of Sydney – Viking History

5 October 2pm to 3pm

Nicholson Museum

Historically we have understood the Viking Age as beginning with the devastation of Lindisfarne Abbey by the furious Northmen and ending with three Viking kings fighting each other for control of England – more mutually assured destruction than a meeting of the minds. But was this image of blond-haired berserk barbarians rampaging across the UK and Europe a reality, or is what the medieval chroniclers called the Mare Barbarum, the Barbarian Sea, an artefact of history? 
This talk will present recent developments in the archaeological investigation of the Viking Age, answering this question and plotting the course for research from here.


ACU – I did not get the ATAR / OP / rank

It’s OK if your final school result wasn’t what you were hoping for. We’ve got your back. Use our list of alternative entry pathways to assess your options and create a plan.


ACU – I am an elite athlete or performer

Reach for the top in everything you do. If you’re a competitive athlete or performer, you can accelerate your success with the early entry Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP).


ACU – I help my community

We want to help you help others. If you’re already getting out there and making positive change in your community, we invite you to apply for the early entry Community Achiever Program (CAP).



TAFE Interactive 2020 Guide Is Here
The wait is finally over! The TAFE NSW Career Guide 2020 – Interactive Edition is now available for you to download.
If you don’t want to download your free copy, don’t worry. We will be sending you a hard copy in the mail very soon.
TAFE NSW offers you and your students a diverse range of courses, from Bachelor Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. In fact, we have over 1,200 courses to study either face-to-face, full-time, part-time or online.
Our strong industry connections and hands-on learning from our expert teaching staff provide you and your students with the best opportunity, to get the job you want.
You can enable the interactive elements throughout the Guide by scanning your mobile device over the BE symbol. Just search ‘BE Ambitious’ and download our BE Ambitious App from Apple or Google Play stores.


Secure the future with a TAFE NSW Bachelor of IT Degree (Network Security)

With unprecedented demand for professionals who can secure and monitor IT systems and protect the privacy of people and organisations, this degree prepares your students to work in a fast-growing and dynamic field. More info


NSW Fashion Design Studio

With a list of alumni that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian fashion, the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio (FDS) in Ultimo is a “fashion school of excellence.” Consistently ranked in the top 20 fashion design schools worldwide*, FDS has over 60 years of creating fashion design excellence.

FDS also has established partnerships with International Design Institutes in India, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Sweden and the United States that allow final year students the opportunity to complete a fourth year overseas and gain an international degree. Do design, couture, tailoring, patternmaking and construction, styling or media – FDS gives you the skills, experience and exposure you need to be a cut above.


Culinary Apprentice Mentor Program

This program will provide intensive support to Apprentices in the first two years of apprenticeship training. Through the ISMAA program, Australian Apprentices completing an apprenticeship in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery will be provided regular one on one contact with highly skilled mentors who have years of industry experience.


Interested in a career in acting, music, theatre or dance? Here’s what the world’s best performing arts schools have to offer.

The good news is, the options are endless, but that in itself can add confusion to the already difficult question of: ‘which performing arts programs should I apply to?’

A good place to start is researching universities that are listed at the top of performing arts rankings (according to QS World University rankings) – schools that have earned the reputation for being the best of the best thanks to their high calibre faculty, first class performing arts facilities and famous alumni.



Torrens University Scholarships: Hospitality, Business, Design, Health

Torrens University is committed to opening doors to opportunity in higher education. With scholarship opportunities available in every faculty at; Billy Blue College of Design, William Blue College of Hospitality Management and the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School – Students can apply for a scholarship today. View options,

Drama Workshops at International Screen Academy

International Screen Academy is offering free acting workshops to schools across NSW for students interested in coming to our state of the art studios based in Waterloo. For more information on workshop opportunities email:

Short Courses; Le Cordon Bleu Sydney

Le Cordon Bleu Australia offers a range of one and two day culinary discoveries. Gourmet Short Courses take place in practical kitchens or demonstration classroom and give participants a total hands-on experience from understanding the complexities of artisan bread making; introduction to soft cheese making; mastering chocolate and more.


Junior Leadership Weekend Registrations for 2019

Registrations open

Saturday, 7 September 2019 – Sunday, 8 September 2019
Sydney Academy of Sports and Recreation, Narrabeen

Are you in Years 7 – 8 and passionate about making change in your community? Come to Junior Leadership Weekend 2019. On 7-8 September 2019, more than 100 students from across NSW will come together to take part in Junior Leadership Weekend. You will learn about leadership, diplomacy and advocacy in the context of gender equality and inclusivity. You will form connections and friendships with a diverse array of students and work with them to deliver change in your local communities, and beyond.


Evatt NSW – Australia’s Premier Debating and Diplomacy Competition

Registrations are now open for Evatt NSW 2019. Click here to register now. 

Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. It aims to educate young people about Australia’s place in the world and empower them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills. More than 2,000 students compete in Evatt.

The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

The competition is named after the notable Herbert “Doc” Evatt, who was an Australian High Court Justice and a leading Federal politician who became President of the UN General Assembly and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Your free guide to a career in exercise physiology and exercise science

The difference between an exercise physiologist / sports scientist / exercise scientist. According to Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), there is a distinct difference between these three professions.


An opportunity for maths, geography and IT students looking for work experience

The NSW Surveying Taskforce helps facilitate work experience opportunities between professional surveyors and students with a love of STEM subjects. The surveying profession is the middle of a skills shortage. As such, industry members are passionate about introducing this important area to young people. To register, students should visit


Studying in the USA 

Interest in studying in the US is becoming so popular the SAT testing centres in Sydney are reaching capacity well before the registration deadline. Given these test seat limitations, it is imperative for students plan ahead. To help with this, below we have included the SAT and ACT Standardised Test dates as well as 2019 SAT Subject Test dates.

To learn more about SAT Subject Tests we invite you to read our article titled ‘Optional standardised tests for admission purposes to US uni’s – who should take them?’ We have also updated an article which summarises the SAT and ACT as well as an article which provides an overview of the US admission process

Read advice in full here:


Studying in the USA  – Standardised 2019 Test Dates and Information here:


Taronga Zoo – Visit the Zoo While at Home – The brand new podcast from Taronga

Great episodes across most areas of the Zoo. Working at Taronga Zoo is more than just a job – for us Taronga means family. The deep connections that our staff developed with wildlife and the natural world affects the lives of others, near and far. From Sydney to Dubbo, Taronga’s people all have amazing untold Zoo stories that will touch your heart and open your eyes. Hayden Turner invites you to listen in each week and join our family with ‘Taronga Talks’.


National Questacon Invention Convention

Applications close 30 September

The National Invention Convention is an all-expenses paid, five day workshop held in Canberra every January. This program gives 25 delegates aged 14-18 from all around Australia the opportunity to play, make and create with us, designing and developing a prototype that solves a real world problem.

Use tools, tech and materials, work with local mentors and entrepreneurs, and forge friendships that last a lifetime!

The National Invention Convention is open to 14-18 year olds attending an Australian secondary school. Please note that if you’ve already participated in a National Invention Convention then unfortunately you are not eligible to apply. If you’ve been part of a regional Invention Convention please do apply!

Applications for the next National Invention Convention in January 2020 are now open!

Download an application form here:

Application pack – National Invention Convention 2020 – PDF

Application pack – National Invention Convention 2020 – Word doc

Once you’ve completed your application, send it to us at





Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator