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.
Year 11 completed for VCAL Senior (Yr 12)
Year 10 preferred for VCAL Intermediate (Yr 11)
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
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
• 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.
To be advised
(Concessions on tuition fees may be available to holders of valid Centrelink Benefits Cards unless otherwise stated.)
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.
Communication Self Management
Team Work Using Technology
Learning new skills Using initiative
Planning and organising Solving problems
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
• Skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to the course.
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.