THE region’s school students may have access to more VET courses online, according to the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network (Highlands LLEN).
Representativies from 16 schools around the region met to discuss the future of the VET in Schools (VETiS) cluster program yesterday.
The annual meeting at Ballarat Clarendon College reflected on what was done well in the past year and what needs to be improved on.
Time tabling and moving the programs to the 21st century was heavily discussed, with initiatives planned to make courses available online.
Representatives also talked about further promoting their programs off
the back of Highlands LLEN VETiS Cluster receiving the VET in Schools Excellence Award at the 2013 Victorian Training Awards.
Highlands LLEN VETiS Cluster co-ordinator Stacey Gill said they hoped to modernise the programs by putting more online.
“Our classes mostly run two days a week between 1pm and 5pm and that can be difficult to work in with students’ schedules,” she said.
Ballarat Christian College head of student wellbeing and VET and chair of VET co-ordinators group Trent Loader said many students had jobs that could interrupt classes and they needed to be more versatile. He said VET provided great programs and pathways for students to get practical experience.
University of Ballarat VETiS co-ordinator for community services Philippa Cane said clusters were all about taking a collaborative approach.
“Students form good friendships through the programs as well,”she said.
“They get to meet a lot of similar-minded people.”