Year 11 and 12 Accessing Careers & Employment Program (ACE)
ACE is a Senior School Engagement Program (SSEP) offering an alternative for Years 11 and 12 in a vocational education and training environment. The ACE Program provides opportunities for students to successfully complete secondary graduation or to transition successfully to training or employment through alternative programs that focus on skill acquisition and life skills. The program also works to improve attendance and retention by engaging students with relevant curriculum assessment tasks and encouraging the participation of all students.
Workplace learning is a key component of the course, with students preparing themselves to earn a placement to do work experience in their chosen industry area. Some students may also be eligible for School-Based Traineeships. Students may also take advantage of available TAFE courses one day a week.
ACE students receive:
- a caring and supportive learning environment
- smaller classes with teacher/mentors to assist students in achieving their maximum potential in and out of the classroom
- the opportunity to gain a TAFE qualification while still attending school
- a chance to improve confidence and self-esteem, while gaining job-ready skills prior to the transition to the workplace
- an integrated approach to schooling, where assessment tasks cover outcomes for several subjects at once
- the opportunity to gain First Aid certification and other nationally recognised Industry certificates
There are a variety of courses available to the students who are interested in entering the program. The content centers around the industry that the student aspires to enter. There are also opportunities for indigenous students to join the Aboriginal School-Based Traineeship Program.
ACE provides opportunities for students to gain transferable skills and experience which can be utilized in any workplace. The programs improve the competitiveness of students for TAFE placements and employment. Through the Workplace Learning component, students have the opportunity to build a network of contacts to assist them when entering further education, training or employment.
Contact the ACE Coordinator on (08) 6274-0300 to begin the application process.
Most students are selected for the program through their classroom teachers and Year Coordinator. Each applicant, accompanied by a parent or guardian,will undergo an interview process to assess a student’s readiness and determine placement. A fee is payable before a student participates in the program.
LAST UPDATED: December 2011