BSSC has once again been recognised at the highest level for its outstanding work in Vocational Education and Training (VET) being named a finalist in the ‘School Pathways to VET’ category of the 2022 Australian Training Awards.

The college has been recognised as a leader in the VET sector, not only for its impressive range of VET courses, but its integrated delivery approach that allows students to undertake VET cohesively with other parts of college life, learning and individual support.

BSSC programs that link learning, training and employment, include the highly successful work placement program that sees students participate in Structured Workplace Learning with local industry partners and participate in Headstart school-based apprenticeships.

The Australian Training Awards recognise individuals, businesses and Registered Training Organisations who set a new benchmark for best practice in skills development and skills provision. They also celebrate continuous improvement and innovation in the design and delivery of VET and awareness and respect for skilled-based careers.

Principal Dale Pearce said that BSSC’s selection as one of three finalists for the award reflected the teamwork that goes into a successful VET program.

“It is a great acknowledgement of the consistently high level of service delivery and on-going innovation in our program development,” he said. “It’s also recognition for our industry partners, college staff, and our students. The relationships and networks that have been developed through VET training are highly valued by the college and the broader community.”

Jennifer Moloney, Assistant Principal – VET & RTO Partnerships, said the focus for the college programs is about providing inclusive, personalised opportunities for students to gain industry related skills and knowledge, to build their pathway options.

‘We strategically focus on building clarity about the place and purpose of VET. BSSC works with the local community to develop shared understandings and a collective commitment to building training and education pathways that provide a sustainable workforce for our community’. BSSC delivers 20 VET qualifications at Certificate II and III levels. This year, 941 students pursued industry recognised qualifications and benefitted from the experience, and the strong employment opportunities that come with studying VET.