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VCAL Building and Construction (Carpentry)

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  • Objectives
    This course provides the opportunity to complete a full Carpentry pre-apprenticeship as part of a VCAL Intermediate or VCAL Senior. Completion of all required units in the pre-apprenticeship will reduce the educational component of the apprenticeship by 12 weeks. The training is predominately project-based and gives hands-on experience in the workshop and an introduction to careers in the Building & Construction industry.
  • Entry requirements
    Year 11 *** Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)
  • Academic Title
    VCAL Building and Construction (Carpentry)
  • Course description
    Course Outline
    This course provides the opportunity to complete a full Carpentry pre-apprenticeship as part of a VCAL Intermediate or VCAL Senior. Completion of all required units in the pre-apprenticeship will reduce the educational component of the apprenticeship by 12 weeks. The training is predominately project-based and gives hands-on experience in the workshop and an introduction to careers in the Building & Construction industry.

    Campus
    Berwick TEC

    Course Commencement
    February 2009

    Study Mode
    Full Time

    Entrance Requirements
    Year 11 completed for VCAL Senior (Yr 12)
    Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)

    Selection process

    Literacy, Numeracy evaluation and interview
    Students must successfully complete the selection criteria

    How do I Apply?
    Apply directly to Chisholm

    Is There An Interview?
    Applicants will be interviewed

    Study Areas
    Building Structures, maths, communication, personal development skills, work related skills and industry specific skills industry. Safe Handling of Plant & Power Tools, Workplace Document & Plans, Carpentry Hand Tools, Carpentry Power Tools, Basic Setting Out, Sub-floor Framing, Wall Framing, Roof Framing, External Cladding, Installation of Door & Window Frames, Interior Fixing, Introduction to OH&S Aspects of Demolition, Formwork for Concrete, Workplace Safety & Industry Induction, Workplace Safety & Environmental Procedures.

    Subjects / Modules
    VBM987 Career studies
    VBM999 Carpentry hand tools
    VBM985 Building & Construction Industry induction VBN001 Carpentry power tools
    VBN234 Calculations VBN002 Excavation and installing supports less than 1.5m depth
    VBN235 Communications VBN003 Floor and wall framing
    VBN236 Quality principles VBN004 Roof framing
    VBM986 Workplace documents and plans VBN005 Installation of windows and door frames
    VBM988 Workplace safety VBN006 Interior fixing
    VBN111 Basic first aid VBN007 Basic setting out
    VBM989 Building structures VBN008 Form work for concreting
    VBM990 Levelling VBN009 External cladding
    VBM991 Safe handling of power tools VBN010 Introduction to explosive power tools
    VBM992 Introduction to scaffolding VBN034 OH&S aspects of demolition
    NUM021 Numeracy Skills Module

    This module aims to builds student’s confidence to explore mathematics beyond its familiar and everyday use. Students will develop mathematics skills that are important in their industry area of choice, create strong pathways into further study and increase their general confidence in this subject. The mathematics covered includes measurement, graphs and statistics, use of maps and directions and an understanding of the use of formulas and other problem solving strategies.

    LIT022 Oral Communication Module
    Oral Communication skills are an important part of all subject areas. The VCAL program allows for
    communication skills to be built into every aspect of a student's program in order to develop the skills they will need for employment and further study as well as for general confidence. The Oral Communication module
    includes:
    • Practise job interviews
    • Speaking with industry employers
    • Working in teams
    • Presentation skills
    • Inspirational and informative speakers

    LIT021 Literacy Skills Module
    Building general reading and writing skills is an important part of VCAL. Literacy classes are developed around student’s vocational and personal interests. Vocational (industry) and literacy teachers work together to create a program that involves and engages a student on many levels. They will work on workplace documents, reports, resumes, communication skills and more.

    PDS021 Personal Development Skills Module
    The Personal Development Skills module is about developing each student’s skills, knowledge and attitudes towards one another and their community. Examples include leadership, team building and community projects using a broad range of engaging activities.

    WRS022 Work Related Skills Module
    The module is designed to
    • Development key employability skills such as good communication skills, teamwork, using initiative, problem solving, planning and organising
    • Give students the opportunity to experience relevant work placement in industry
    Berwick TEC also offers students an edge when seeking employment by offering additional industry relevant qualifications and training. These include First Aid and Course in Construction card where applicable.

    Cost
    To be advised
    (Concessions on tuition fees may be available to holders of valid Centrelink Benefits Cards unless otherwise stated.)

    Employment prospects
    Carpenter apprentice

    Further Options (& Articulation)
    Apprenticeship, Advanced Building courses.
    Completion of this course will reduce the time of the apprenticeship by 6 months. It also reduces the schooling time of Certificate III in General Construction from 3 years to 18 months.

    Employability Skills
    Communication Self Management
    Team Work Using Technology
    Learning new skills Using initiative
    Planning and organising Solving problems

    Skills Recognition
    Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualification or experience in a related field, they may apply for skills recognition (Recognition of Prior Learning).
    There is an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for:
    • Previous study
    • Knowledge
    • Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.

    Support Services
    Support is available to students in a range of areas including Study Skills, Personal Counselling, Careers Advice and Disability Support. Contact Student Advisory Services for more details.

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