Careers / VET Update

Bethany students win gold medals in Hospitality and Business Services Worldskills regional competitions!


On the 22nd of October, I competed in Zone 2 regionals of the World Skills Commercial Cookery competition held at Marist College Kogarah. I was nervous on the day when I first arrived, not knowing who I would be competing against and not knowing what would happen. Once I got there, I was pleased to know there were only 5 of us competing. The dishes I created were two types of bruschetta, consisting of a mix of traditional tomato and then one with a mix of capsicum, pumpkin, feta and rocket. For the main meal, I cooked roast chicken with beans, carrots and duchess potatoes. For dessert, I created a lemon polenta cake with a lemon syrup and chantilly cream. It was an exciting experience and I was thrilled to find out that I had won! All my hard work had paid off and I really gained a better insight into the pressure environment of a commercial kitchen.

Alexia Georgiou Year 11 Hospitality

Business Services

On Thursday, 31st October, I participated in one of the Zone Regional Worldskills Business Services competition at Menai High School. I competed against 5 other students from other schools. Throughout the competition, I had to print, create posters, handwrite mail, use spreadsheets and complete many other business administration tasks. At the end of the competition, the judges marked all the student’s work and revealed the results. I was awarded first place in the zone competition and they will now determine a national representative. All the students who were involved in the competition did exceptionally well. Thank you Mrs Vrahnos for the continuing support in this competition.  

Kelly Tan Year 11 Business Services



University of Sydney – Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Program

9 December. 2pm

The Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students. Students from across the country apply to take part in a week-long residential program designed to explore how their study choices could influence their future, and the possibilities offered by higher education.

Contact: Widening Participation and Outreach    Ph: 8627 8515


University of Sydney – Portfolio Submission Pathway for Architecture and Design 

Portfolio submission provides a potential pathway into Architecture and Design Computing degrees up to 5 points beneath the guaranteed ATAR. The scheme identifies students who may not have achieved the ATAR but show creativity and an aptitude for the skills required in these professions. Staff will review examples of student’s work at our course advice centre on Open Day.


Steps to take in Applying through UAC including How to Defer an Offer

Once you’ve applied, you can change the order of your preferences – or even the courses you’ve selected – as often as you like before the closing dates for each offer round. (Some courses have early application closing dates so check for these as well.) Simply log in to your application or the My UAC mobile app using your UAC application number and UAC PIN. You can’t change your preferences by phone, letter or email.


Application Support for Indigenous Australians at Southern Cross University 

If you are an Indigenous Australian who has applied to study at SCU but have not yet been made an offer based solely on your application, there is an alternative entry scheme available. 

The Testing and Assessment Program allows you to sit an assessment task which will be assessed by an academic who will then discuss your options for University admission.

This may include you receiving an offer into the course you have applied for or considering an alternative pathway into your preferred course. Alternative pathways may include the completion of the Preparing for Success Program or articulation via another course.


UNSW Experience Art &Design Annual Graduate Exhibition

7 December.2pm to 3.30pm

Thinking about study and a career in art, design, media and culture? Join us at the UNSW Galleries to see the A&D Annual Graduate Exhibition. Meet our graduating students, and partake in lively discussion on the ideas, inspirations and processes they present in their work. Ask them what it was like to study at UNSW Art & Design and what’s next for them after graduating.


UNSW Girls in Engineering Club 

UNSW Engineering has just launched the Girls in Engineering Club – a fun, inspiring online community for high school girls in years 7-12 who are interested in STEM and want to explore what engineering is all about! The club is free to join. For more info and to sign up head to If you would like a starter pack sent to your school, email WIE Manager Sarah Coull:


ACU – Talk With Industry Series 

Join ACU online or on campus for a Talk with Industry event to hear from health practitioners, business graduates or teachers on what it’s really like to work in their field. You will hear from graduates about their experiences and get tips and advice for pursuing a career. For a list of upcoming events and to register visit



Fee-free Apprenticeships

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW. The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning students no longer face a qualification fee of up to $2000.

Apprenticeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with classroom study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. Apprenticeships generally take around 3-4 years to complete, and apprentices earn a salary while they learn.

There are more than 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries including construction, cooking, aviation and automotive.


Information and Communications Technology Career Snapshot

Which occupations in this industry are likely to have the largest employment growth over the next three years? Which TAFE NSW courses are popular for people looking to get into these job roles and how much can you earn?


Building ,. Construction and Property Career Snapshot

Which occupations in this industry are likely to have the largest employment growth over the next three years? Which TAFE NSW courses are popular for people looking to get into these job roles and how much can you earn?


What’s Not to Like About Being a Chef? 

For Billy Fox, who started his Commercial Cookery apprenticeship aged 16, there’s a lot to like about being a chef. It’s a great industry, he says. And chefs are in high demand. Watch the videos and read more about Billy’s story in hospitality and why becoming a chef could be right for your students at 

Become a Hairdresser With the Help of a Fee-Free Apprenticeship 

Here’s a case study for the students at your school who are creative and keen on hair. For qualified hairdresser Bianca Caires, 19, inspiration comes from many creative pursuits. That can be fashion, photography and art galleries, she says. There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW—they are fee-free. And VET qualified hairdressers are in demand. 

Apprenticeship Positions – Sydney Trains

Sydney Trains will be recruiting approx. 100 new apprentices across electrotechnology and mechanical engineering fields for 2020. Advertising will commence in early July via the I Work for NSW and Seek websites. For further information please contact Rhonda Moore at Sydney Trains:



Your Free Guide to a Career in Occupational Therapy

According to paediatric occupational therapist Nicole Grant, this profession is for those who are passionate and compassionate, creative and resourceful, who like thinking outside of the box and being able to take a holistic approach to health care.

Occupational therapists often play an advocacy role for their clients. Stephanie Cantrill, who is an occupational therapist and polio community officer talks about the needs of those who survived polio in their childhood as they age. Professor Sylvia Rodger (who sadly passed away in April 2017) covers how occupational therapists advocate for their clients here:



HSC Enrichment Day – Western Sydney University 

This event will provide students with the opportunity to secure an early offer into one of our Geography or Society & Culture related degrees, whilst helping to prepare them for their HSC exams. For more information please visit:


Construction Worker Interview Questions

During a job interview, a prospective construction worker needs to convince the interviewer that he or she is dependable, takes direction well, exercises sound judgment, and brings the necessary physical prowess to get the job done. Get yourself ready for your upcoming job interview and review this list of frequently asked interview questions for construction workers.


The Expectations and the Reality of About Online Study

Let’s face it, sometimes you go into a situation expecting one thing and experiencing another. Studying online at university is no different, because the reality of being an external uni student might be a bit different to your expectations. But by knowing what to expect for study success, the effort required, where to find help and support at USQ through the internet, and reaching out and getting involved, make the most of your online experience.

For more insight into what it’s like to be a online student at, check out this Online Study Mythbuster video series.


Like Aviation? Be part of the Airforce Cadets

Be on top of the airforce cadets’ news. Check out these great opportunities.


The Jonathan Thurston Academy

The JT Academy will establish itself as a leading national provider of outstanding employment initiatives and training programs aimed at health, wellbeing, sport and education across Australia. The Academy’s key strength will be developing and delivering high quality programs to individuals, equipping them with the right skills, knowledge and attributes to make a significant and positive future impact. Through strong education in NSW with community and industry partnerships we are committed to supporting you to reach your personal, educational and career goals.


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships – applications now open 

People with skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are in high demand. If you are interested in training in these skills, you may be eligible for a $1,000 Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program.

We are offering 25,000 scholarships to students commencing selected qualifications under Smart and Skilled


EEAA Launches A Career for Life Campaign – Phase 2 

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) launches the second phase of its campaign, A Career for Life, inviting young people to consider a career in the Business Events industry. Showcasing the range of roles required from front-of-house to behind the scenes, each requiring a different set of skills.




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator