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Tim Pallas, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations visits NCAT

On Tuesday October 10th the Victorian State Government Treasurer, the Hon. Tim Pallas and the Member for Preston, Nathan Lambert, visited NCAT. The Treasurer, in his capacity as the Minister for Industrial Relations, had earlier this year signed off on the initial 12-month funding for the Bring It On! Project Worker, Brigitte Reinbold.

The Project supports the NCAT Young Women in Trades and Technology Group who are working with local colleges, companies, unions and employer groups to encourage other young school-age women to consider studies and employment in Trades and Technology.

Bring It On! is the only school-based project of this nature in Victoria and the Treasurer visited NCAT specifically to meet with members of the NCAT Young Women in Trades & Technology Group and their Industry Partners. During his visit the Treasurer listened intently to members of the Young Women in Trades & Technology Group as they explained what they were studying and what industry sector they hoped to work in after they leave school.

The Minister and the College Principal co-signed and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Industry Team Members which includes New Plumbing Solutions, QA Electrical, Hutchinsons Builders, A&A Cabinet Impressions, Civil Infrastructure Group, the CFMEU, Women in Plumbing Vic and Northern Workwear and Safety. The Minister also witnessed the sign off on a Code of Respectful Conduct developed by Industry Team Members.

In his closing comments, the Minister congratulated the students, industry and community partners and all involved in the Bring It On! Project saying that women have a right to equality of employment in all industry sectors and that a “Woman’s place is where they want it to be”.

Read the full media release from the Hon. Tim Pallas

“Education and training are vital, and so are attitudes in the workplace. Every workplace conversation, policy or action can reinforce or challenge the beliefs and norms that drive inequity.”

– Tim Pallas, Minister for Industrial Relations

“NCAT is an outstanding school that constantly looks for new ways to break down barriers and entrenched ways of thinking about education and careers. We’ll keep backing schools that produce amazing results for their students.”

– Ben Carroll, Minister for Education

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INLLEN Creative Industries Industry Event

In August, NCAT and the creative arts students and staff were excited and proud to host an Creative Arts Industry event which was the culmination of three years work. The Pathways to Creative Industries Project, with Inner Northern LLEN was funded by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership. The idea of the project was to unpack what would help young people who are entering the creative industry sector for the first time.

Over the past 3 years, NCAT Creative Arts students have been participating in the Pathways to Creative Industries Project, a partnership between the Inner Northern LLEN and NCAT, funded by the Northern Metropolitan Partnership.

Students enrolled in Visual Arts & Design, Photography and Music courses actively participated in both the design and the implementation of their exploration of how transition from school to work operates in the Creative Industries.

Students investigated employment and enterprise opportunities in their field by connecting with creative practitioners to explore how employment functions and the kinds of support that help people move into the industry.  They asked over 50 industry professionals in online interviews about their pathways to work.

At the event NCAT students from Year 12 Art Immersion, Year 12 Music and Certificate IV in Visual Arts students presented their findings from the online interviews. Industry panellists from the Visual and Performing Arts Industries spoke about how they started out in their field, as well as invaluable insights into possible pathways into the creative industries.

Additional industry speakers spoke answered industry specific questions in breakout rooms relevant to the four areas.

Nathan Lambert, Labor state MP representing Preston and Reservoir, opened the event with an inspiring speech on the importance of the arts to the local community.

It was a valuable opportunity for students and teachers alike to meet and talk with working creatives who were so generous with their time, advice and support of younger students wanting to enter the industry.

A big thank you to each of the industry professionals listed below who generously donated their time to the project, as well as the 250 students from local schools who joined us on the day.

 

Screen & Media
Mark Bonanno
Cassie Walker
Jay Wingate
Deb Herman

Music
James Lloyd-Wyatt
Grace Robinson
Cameron Muncey

Photography
Jess Apap
Taree Mackenzie
Caitlin O’Grady

Visual Arts & Design
Rosie Turner
Richard Morden
Nour Abdullatif
Frances Cannon

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VCE Student a Superstar in the Making

Year 11 VCE student, Hope, is making a name for herself in the Music Industry in leaps and bounds. Hope has been cast in this year’s Victorian State School Spectacular as a principal vocalist and has appeared in promotional material and interviews about the event.

In addition, Hope was asked to perform the Australian National Anthem at this years ANZAC Day State Luncheon which is an incredible honour. As a result of her performance, she was asked by the Victorian Shrine of Remembrance to professionally record the Australian National Anthem. This recording is now played in ‘The Sanctuary’ at the Shrine once a month during their services, which occur over 200 times a year.

We wish Hope all the best as she pursues her passion in singing and performing!

Hope is currently studying a Certificate III in Music (Performance) at NCAT.

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Make-Up

The SHB30221 Certificate III in Make-Up targets students who have an interest in make-up and would like to work in the industry.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply makeup for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. Skills are developed for work in make-up studios/salons, fashion, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and photography studios.

Make-Up enables you to:

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Design and apply creative make-up

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Apply eyelash extensions and airbrushed make-up

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Provide salon services to clients

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Work collaboratively on make-up productions

NCAT VCE VM VET in Schools SHB30221 Certificate III in Make-Up
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This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply makeup for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. Skills are developed for work in make-up studios/salons, fashion, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and photography studios.

COURSE DELIVERY
Training is over two years for a half a day a week, allowing time for developing the skills and knowledge required for the course.

Two compulsory holiday blocks of training, one in Year 1 and one in Year 2 is compulsory to attend to be able complete the course requirements.

Students are given homework including holiday homework and they practice makeup application on family and friends. They complete consultation forms and take before and after photos. This amounts to 40 extra hours.

Activities & Tasks

The Units of Competency delivered are

Units 1 & 2
SHBBMUP009 Design and apply make-up
SHBBMUP013 Design and apply creative make-up
SHBBRES003 Research and apply beauty industry information
SHBXIND003 Comply with organisational requirements within a personal services environment
SHBXWHS003 Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
SHBBCCS005 Advise on beauty products and services
SHBBFAS004 Provide lash and brow services

Year 2 Units 3 & 4
SHBXCCS008 Provide salon services to clients
SIRXOSM002 Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social media and online platforms
HLTINF005 Maintain infection prevention for skin penetration treatments
SHBBMUP008 Apply eyelash extensions
SHBBMUP012 Apply airbrushed make-up
SHBBMUP014 Work collaboratively on make-up productions
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SHBBMUP010 Design and apply make-up for photography

The list gives an idea of the range of activities.

Assessment

The assessment methods for the course include:
• Practical observations including observing role plays
• Short answer questioning
• Written work for a research assignment
• Portfolio of work for design and apply creative make up.
Students receive informal feedback from the teacher in class time

If all course requirements are met, students receive their certificate at the end of the course.
The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence is judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.
Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

Study and Vocational Pathways

The Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and the Diploma of Beauty Therapy are suitable courses to undertake after completing this certificate III.

With additional training, opportunities include work as a Make-up artists (fashion, beauty, photography and freelance), Beauty Therapists, Make-Up Consultant in a department store or pharmacy and Cosmetic or Beauty Equipment Sales representative.

Application Process

Internal NCAT students make a written application, are interviewed to confirm student choice of course and other subjects. Prior to entry the opportunity is provided to tour the school to see the facilities and there is ample opportunity for students and parents to ask questions about the course. Students must be able to produce their latest two semester reports and show they are working well.

External student entry is managed by the home schools with the VET School coordinators and the NCAT VET Coordinator. A Northern Melbourne VET Cluster portal is used for the application.

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Applied Fashion Design & Technology

Explore the world of fashion and textiles with our two-year applied fashion design program. Make your own clothing and accessories. Visit fashion studios and businesses and meet with fashion industry professionals. You don’t need any experience to join this course, only a love of fashion and a desire to learn what it takes to move into the fashion industry.

Students will learn about contemporary design processes, garment construction and fibre and fabrics. They will learn to use a standard sewing machine and overlocking machines. The course covers work health and safety in the fashion industry, working in a team, communication skills for design and designing for real life and high fashion. The course develops skills in ‘design thinking’ and creativity suitable for a range of design study pathways.

Over two years students learn fashion design processes and garment construction, basic pattern making and about fashion sustainability. Sustainability is at the core of the NCAT Applied Fashion program and students will graduate with fashion skills for the twenty first century.

The Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology is subject to change for the 2024 program and will be the updated qualification.

Applied Fashion Design & Technology enables you to:

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Learn about contemporary design processes, garment construction and fibre and fabrics.

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Develop technical skills using sewing and overlocking machines.

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Collaborate on production projects, as well as work individually to develop creative responses to clothing from idea to wearable outcomes.

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Visit fashion studios and businesses and meet with fashion industry professionals.

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology VCE VM VET in schools

See aspects of the fashion industry up close on excursions and meet with fashion designers currently working in the industry.

Course Structure

The Certificate II in Applied Fashion and Technology at NCAT allows students with an interest in fashion design and construction to design and make their own garments and build an entry level understanding of the fashion and textiles industry. It includes skills in the design and production of garments and millinery, and the development of unique fashion and textile designs.

Activities & Tasks

Students will learn about the fashion industry including understanding the importance of sustainability, how to operate sewing machines and undertake key processes in fashion design including developing fabric and fibre knowledge, pattern making and how to work in a team to undertake to create garments and apparel. Student will work collaboratively on production projects, as well as work individually to develop their own creative responses to clothing from idea to wearable outcomes. Students will see aspects of the fashion industry up close through excursions and meet with fashion designers currently
working in the industry.

Assessment

Students receive informal feedback from the teacher during the year in class time and are formally assessed at end of semester evaluation interviews. Assessment is based on submission of set tasks. If all course requirements are met, students receive their certificate at the end of the course.
The assessment of overall competence at this certificate level is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence is judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.
Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no entry requirements for this course. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss these needs.

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Creative Enterprise in Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM

Creative Enterprise is a core part of the Visual Arts Immersion VCE VM curriculum, where students learn the business and manufacturing skills needed to turn their creative work into small businesses.

In Year 11, the focus is on becoming familiar with the design thinking process through a series of skills building masterclasses. This year the students have had opportunities to learn from design experts at Banyule Nillumbik Tech School to create digital images for laser cut and 3D print manufacturing.

They also travelled to Troppo Print Studio in Brunswick to learn the art of screen printing with artists Matt Feder and Sarah Murphy. You can see some of the amazing merch they created in the photos, not to mention the smiles! Next up, students will have the opportunity to learn to make silicone moulds with scientist and jeweller, Jamie Mumford.

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Automotive Technology

Get your hands dirty while learning everything that happens under the bonnet of car and makes them run. Work with cars and start your career in the auto industry buy completing the Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation. Explore career options in the auto industry. Learn how to repair or replace key components of the car so you are job ready by the time you finish the course.

You will be doing all these things in a simulated workplace, but you will also learn to write and talk about them when trying to impress a prospective employer to gain an apprenticeship.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in automotive technology. Students can integrate a VET certificate in automotive technology within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus. Practical exercises include removing and replacing cylinder head gaskets, carrying out basic electrical repairs, removing and replacing radiators, repairs to cooling systems, repairs and working on brakes, changing the clutch on a car, removing and refitting transmissions, changing front and rear springs, plus learning many basics and fundamentals of motor vehicle repair and service operation.

Automotive Technology enables you to:

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Remove, repair, or replace car parts.

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Troubleshoot issues and find a solution.

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Work with both mechanical and electrical systems.

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Change wheels and tyres.

The automotive trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a shift in industry demand. NCAT has worked closely with the automotive industry and local employers to meet their training needs. A purpose-built automotive workshop encourages sustainable practices; state-of-the-art equipment and a practical, project-based curriculum simulate real world scenarios for hands-on student learning.

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I've grown since I've been here. I’m more confident and career-focused and generally happier because I actually see myself going somewhere.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I was considering it for a year and a half and now I don't know what took me so long. Don’t look back and just do it; honestly, it's changed my life.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Pre-apprenticeship Student)

“I have a real passion for cars. We learn basic mechanics including the brakes, head gaskets and engines. We learn how to repair all cars.”

TestimonialsMitchell Seath (Automotive Technology Student)

“We do have work experience coming up of which I’ll be going to a local workshop to spend two weeks there - I'll basically be an apprentice during that time.”

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NCAT Automotive Vocational Preparation workshop
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The Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation provides students with knowledge, skills and competency to increase their employment prospects and future training pathways in the automotive industry. Students receive a nationally recognised certificate and the course helps them make an informed choice entering the automotive industry. This Pre-apprenticeship level course covers competencies at work entry level including basic safety and basic skills and knowledge for work in the automotive sector.

Activities & Tasks

During the course students perform a large variety of the basic repairs employers ask an auto apprentice to carry out.

The course is very hands on but there is some theory and written work for the knowledge component of the qualification. How to complete various types of workplace documentation and how to apply safe work practices are covered.

Assessment

Practical repairs and maintenance tasks assessed by observation and questioning, and written tasks are all assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended students have a minimum achievement level of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs please contact the college to discuss.

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Electrotechnology

Prepare yourself to gain an apprenticeship or employment by completing a range of project-based tasks. Work in a realistic simulated environment to give you the skills and knowledge, thereby giving you an advantage to get an offer for an apprenticeship; learn to use basic hand and power tools and read circuit diagrams, take electrical measurements and perform electrical calculations. Undertake theoretical and practical tasks linked directly to work done by electricians and technicians.


The electrotechnology trade is in high demand. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable energy, producing a need for skilled workers across electrical, data communications and similar electrotechnology related fields. NCAT Certificate II in Electrotechnology trainers consult with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. A practical project-based curriculum simulates real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and purpose built facilities that demonstrate sustainable practices.

Electrotechnology enables you to:

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Put electrical/electronic theory into practice via projects.

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Conduct safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment.

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Carry out basic network cabling.

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Solve problems in ELV single path circuits.

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Fix and secure Electrotechnology equipment.

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Use a range of hand and power tools.

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Practice wiring and basic installation skills.

Learn to read circuit diagrams. Build electrical devices. Explore alternative energy generation and storage. Work with NCAT ’s wind turbines and solar panel farm.

TestimonialsCarina Gauci (Electrotechnology Student)

“I'm studying to be an electrician. A lot of people would think, “Oh you're a girl, you can't do that.” but then when I show them that I can do it, they second-guess themselves.”

TestimonialsDaniel Knott (Head of Department, Technology)

“It’s our objective, that young people enjoy their education. Then they enjoy their occupation afterwards because whatever they enjoy, whatever they love, they're going to be successful.”

TestimonialsCarina Gauci (Electrotechnology Student)

“I'm studying to be an Electrician and then on Wednesdays, I'm doing an art course. It's both things that I’m really passionate about.”

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NCAT Certificate II In Electrotechnology Student
NCAT's Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) workshop
NCAT Certificate II in Electrotechnology Trainer
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Course Structure

The 22499VIC Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational) prepares students to gain an apprenticeship or other employment in the electrotechnology industry. It covers the fundamentals of electrical, telecommunication, refrigeration and air conditioning systems as well as workshop experience in fabrication and assembly techniques, wiring, cabling, basic installation skills and use of test equipment. Workplace safety and first aid training are also included.

It provides an overview of the industry, employment opportunities and training pathways. The training is mainly project based and gives industry relevant hands-on experience in a realistic simulated environment. The course gives you the basic skills to make you job ready. You will learn to use basic hand and power tools and equipment an electrician/technician uses and how to read circuit diagrams, take electrical measurements and perform electrical calculations.

Activities & Tasks

The theoretical and practical training is linked directly to the work electrotechnology related technicians undertake. The course includes: basic electrical/electronic theory; renewable energy concepts and projects (solar and wind); electricmotor theory and practice (motor control); data and network cabling; testing instruments; air-conditioning basics.

Assesment

A combination of project based practical tasks and job briefs assessed by observation and questioning and written tasks and theory tests are all assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended students have a minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs, please contact us to discuss these.

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Engineering Studies

Immerse yourself in a project based, hands on course in engineering. Start your career in an area which has so many specialties for you to choose from.

Balance the design and planning elements with learning how to use industry standard tools in a purpose-built engineering workshop created for this exact purpose. Manage engineering based projects, undertake processes and learn the industry you are about to enter, inside and out.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in engineering. Students can integrate a VET Certificate II in Engineering within a VCE or VCAL syllabus. Develop skills in machining, fabrication and the safe use of power tools. Use computer controlled lathes (CNC), lasers, and computer aided drafting (CAD) to create projects and your own equipment for use in the trade. A major project is completed at the end of the units 3+ 4.

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here.

Engineering Studies enables you to:

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Develop the skills to work with a range of equipment and tools.

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Produce engineering components.

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Undertake a major product and document the process.

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Make vice soft jaws, a sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet or an engineer’s square.

Recent years have seen a shift in industry demand for fields such as engineering, manufacturing, automation, control technologies, mechatronics, electrotechnology, robotics, and energy management.

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“I want to do architecture when I'm older. At the end of the two-year course, we get a certificate saying that we've completed our engineering studies and it's just something else to add to my portfolio for university or entering the workforce.”

TestimonialsMichael Stapmanns (Engineering Student)

“Thanks to my experience at NCAT I was finally able to decide what direction to take and that engineering was what I wanted to do. My results in this course, thanks to the terrific teachers and learning environment at NCAT, gave my ATAR score a big boost…there was a clear link between theory and practice.”

TestimonialsDaniel Knot (Head of Department, Technology)

“A student can come here for three years: years 10, 11 and 12. They can do between four and five different certificates so that by the end of it they will definitely know what they want to do.”

TestimonialsAnh (Kitty) Chau (Engineering Student)

“Our engineering teacher used to help build and design planes for Boeing and when we found out we asked, “What are you doing here”? He replied, “I come here just for you guys.”

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Student working in NCAT Certificate II in Engineering workshop
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Course Structure

NCAT's Certificate II in Engineering is a project-based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in the NCAT Engineering workshop. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue an apprenticeship in the engineering trades or with a foundation for professional engineering roles. Units 1 & 2 cover areas in computer technology and using hand and power tools.

We deliver a general course including some elective units from fabrication, machining and engineering technical pathways. Units 3 & 4 offers scored assessment and incorporates units such as producing basic engineering sketches and drawings, handling engineering materials, performing computations (for the VCE stream only).

You can read about two NCAT student Certificate II Engineering projects completed here. https://ncat.vic.edu.au/ncat-engineering-studies-student-work/

Activities & Task

Projects made in Engineering Units 1 & 2 include vice soft jaws, sheet metal tool caddy, centre punch, soft face mallet and an engineer’s square. Students doing Engineering Units 3 & 4 are required to construct a major project and document the project in a portfolio.

Assessment

Students wanting a study score for the Certificate II in Engineering can undertake scored assessment. Practical project work is assessed by observation and questioning, written tasks and tests are assessed using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process with multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency. Students must attend 80% of all classes and successfully complete all units of competency to obtain their certificate II qualification.

Students are recommended to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Year 9 – 10 basic language, literacy and numeracy levels are desired. If you have any individual needs please contact us to discuss the options available to you.

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Furniture Making

Build beautiful pieces of furniture and gain satisfaction from your work. Work with the industry tools to develop the skills you need to become a Furniture or Cabinet Maker. Across the two years you will gain knowledge in constructing timber products and joints, how to use the hand tools woodworking machines and read plans and job specifications. Develop an eye for design in making a piece of furniture you can be proud of.

The furniture making trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a shift in industry and consumer demand for sustainable practices. The use of new technologies, materials and equipment in the industry has created employment opportunities across many areas, from high volume manufacturing to artistic expression and creativity.

NCAT consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our furniture making curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Practical project-based curriculums simulate real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

Furniture Making enables you to:

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Develop your critical eye to make a range of products.

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Work with hand, power and static tools.

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Learn the basics before you decide which direction you would like to take your idea.

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Immerse yourself in the design process of making furniture.

As with all good design and creativity, this craft begins with drawing and identifying construction methods and working within constraints. Master the art of hand-cut timber joints using industry standard hand-tools, power-tools and multi-cam computer controlled cutters.

TestimonialsJarman Lawrence (Furniture Making Student)

“My grandpa was a carpenter for a long time. He used to take me out into the shed and go come have a look at this thing I made from then on I kind of wanted to do something like that.”

TestimonialsTony Nanngerd (Furniture Making Student)

“You have to get a white card to be able to use equipment and get into a workforce.”

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Course Structure

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways is designed for people interested in a career in furnishing, cabinet making or related working environment. Students learn and develop a range of skills and knowledge including furniture assembly, joinery and preparation of surfaces which can help get entry into an apprenticeship. This is a project- based, hand-on course delivered in a simulated workplace environment in a fully-equipped workshop.

Activities & Tasks

The Certificate II In Furniture Making Pathways course covers construction of furniture products using a variety of materials, a range of hand and power tools, surface preparation, general joinery techniques and assembly of various components such as drawers, leg and rail, tops or carcass. Safety, industry standards, job specifications, reading plans, measurements and calculations are competencies relating to communication and teamwork skills and are vital to produce a successful product.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly by observation of skills and some written work and assignments. The assessment of your overall competence at this certificate level will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and your competence judged using the criteria stated in the qualification.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

A minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work is recommended. If you have individual needs, please contact the college to discuss.

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Integrated Technologies

Integrated Technology is linked directly to electronics. Learn basic electrical and electronics theory. Understand robotics concepts and create projects. Undertake computer and wireless networking and telecommunications cabling.

Early career starts are available for VCE and VCE VM students seeking a career in integrated technology. Students can include a VET Certificate II in Integrated Technology within a VCE or VCE VM syllabus.

The integrated technology trade is in high demand. Recent years have seen an increase in industry demand for employees skilled across the electrical, data communications, and engineering fields. It provides skills and knowledge in Digital Broadband, IT security systems, Cabling, Information & Communications Technology, and Telecommunications.

Integrated Technologies enables you to:

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Learn computer networking theory and practical tasks.

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Learning coding, automation and robotics (Arduino, C++, VEX).

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Use CAD, programming of microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printing and process automation to develop products from conceptualisation to working prototypes.

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Develop an understanding in solar powered energy systems.

The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. A practical project-based curriculum simulates real world scenarios for hands-on student learning. Purpose built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

TestimonialsXavier (Integrated Technology Student)

“I came to NCAT specifically because they offered integrated technology. We work on a single project for many weeks at a time, for example, we have to make a board that can charge a battery from a solar panel and then we do theory on that such as electricity and renewable energy to back up those practical applications.”

TestimonialsXavier (Integrated Technology Student)

“During our first year we do a lot of networking and we get part of the CCNA CISCO Certificate which can be a good starting point to get a job directly after school.”

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Course Structure

The 22527VIC Certificate II in Integrated Technologies covers the knowledge and skills to increase job prospects in the Electrotechnology, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Industries. It is an introduction to the electrotechnology, computer networking, automation and advanced manufacturing industries. Students engage with multiple technologies and emerging techniques in the field of 3D printing, CAD, coding, automation and robotics.

Activities & Tasks

The NCAT Integrated Technology program covers theoretical and practical training linked directly to the work of the Integrated Technology industries and includes: computer networking theory and practical tasks; coding, automation and robotics (Arduino, C++, VEX); use of CAD, programming of microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printing and process automation to develop products from conceptualisation to working prototypes and solar powered energy systems.

Assessment

Practical project based tasks and design briefs are assessed by observation and questioning, and theory tests and written assessments using set criteria. Students are given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

It is recommended participants have a minimum sound achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work. If you have any individual needs, please contact the college.

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Music (Sound Production)

Write and perform songs. Collaborate on music. Organise shows. Practice and perform in a solo and group environment by taking part in the Certificate III in Music Performance. This two-year course will help you to being to establish your personal brand as a musician. Learn the music language and performance skills to develop your stagecraft, promotions and song writing.

The music industry and sound production trade is in high demand nationwide. Recent years have seen a growth in industry demand for sound engineers, producers, mixers and Foley artists skilled in digital technology. Beyond the music industry, employment is also possible across film, television, gaming and digital device sectors. The course strongly focuses on providing students with a broad skill set that will enable them a wide range of employment opportunities within the music industry.

Students are able to record using some of the finest equipment that you would normally only find in professional recording studios. This includes:


  • Music recital room with a Kawai grand piano.

  • Ten music rehearsal rooms.

  • Two computer labs, each equipped with twenty-five music workstations comprising Arturia keyboards, Arrow audio interfaces, Apple iMacs with Pro Tools, Ableton Live and other audio & music programs installed.

  • Two purpose built dance studios with sprung floors.

  • Purpose built Theatre Studies room with sprung floor and theatre lighting.

Music (Sound Production) enables you to:

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Collaborate with like-minded people.

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Develop yourself as a musical artist.

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Better understand the current music industry landscape.

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Perform and produce a range of music in a range of contexts.

NCAT music trainers work in and consult with industry. Trainers participate in reference groups to ensure our curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends. Purpose-built facilities demonstrate sustainable practices, furnished with a fully equipped recording studio, digital audio workstations and multimedia labs.

TestimonialsPeter Myers (Former Head of Department, Music)

“The equipment we've got is industry standard. We've got a recording studio that is as good as any commercial recording studio that you would find.”

TestimonialsMonique Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“You can do Sound Production here, which is what I did. It really opened up a new world to me, being able to be my own producer.”

TestimonialsBianca Hirschfeld (Music Student)

“They also have really great MIDI keyboards which can enable you to play around with digital music software."

TestimonialsZac Lister (Head of Music and Sound Production Teacher)

“I see us as the first level, where they need to be gaining the skills that they will need to step into some part of the industry.”

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Course Structure

Recording and mixing live sound are the major focus areas of the course. Students are given multiple opportunities to set up and operate live audio for concerts and other events. Multiple digital audio workstations are available for students to develop skills in recording programs. Students gain skills required to work creatively and effectively in the music industry. This course has a scored assessment for ATAR purposes at units 3 & 4 level.

Activities & Tasks

Students complete a broad range of activities including but not limited to: setting up and operating live sound equipment and mixing for events such as the annual music festival and school musical; setting up, recording and mixing music in an industry standard recording studio; recording, mixing, mastering and producing for a range of bands and artists; installing and programming of lighting systems; investigating methods and techniques used in recording bands and artists; planning, preparing and promoting music and other events.

Assessment

Units of competency are assessed using a variety of methods including practical observation, written and research tasks and case studies.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

If you have any individual needs, please contact NCAT to discuss these needs.

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Musical Instrument Making & Maintenance

There are opportunities in the guitar making industry in Victoria and with independent makers nationally. NCAT consults with industry and has established relationships with Maton Guitars, Cole Clark Guitars & many independent instrument makers. The college also has a relationship the Australian Music Association (the National Retailer’s Association).

The Certificate III Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance is an introductory course delivered as part of VET in Schools and is only available to secondary schools students. This is delivered one day a week (Wednesdays) over two years, incorporating a range of woodcraft skills necessary for building percussion instruments, ukuleles, slide guitars, as well as an introduction to basic woodwind repair.

Musical Instrument Making & Maintenance enables you to:

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.

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Work collaboratively with like-minded people.

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Use furniture making sector hand and power tools.

Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance student working on a guitar neck.

The program is delivered as a “hands on” model, with an emphasis on experiential learning.

TestimonialsMark Russel (Folio Preparation & Guitar Making Teacher)

“NCAT is known for its equality and giving everybody a fair chance at succeeding at what their love is. If you give people the chance to pursue a passion they're going to naturally succeed in it.”

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Certificate IV Musical Instrument Making and Repair student making an electric guitar

Course Structure

The Certificate III Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance is an introductory course that is delivered as part of VET in Schools and is only available to secondary schools students. This is delivered one day a week (Wednesdays) over two years, incorporating a range of woodcraft skills necessary for building percussion instruments, ukuleles, slide guitars, as well as an introduction to basic woodwind repair. If enrolled as a fulltime secondary students at NCAT the Certificate III can be integrated with the VCE or VCAL syllabus.

Activities & Tasks

After an extensive OH&S program, combining theory and workshop induction, students will build an electric guitar neck, percussion instrument(stomp box, cajonand xylophone), make basic woodwind instruments and an electric slide guitar. In second year the students build a tenor ukulele, a travel mandolin and a solid body electric guitar. Students learn to repair a drum kit and a clarinet. After completing all assigned tasks students are encouraged to bring in personal projects and learn the basics of guitar set up and repair.

Assessment

The course runs over two years. In first year you complete two instruments and an introductory piece. In second year you complete two instruments and various instrument repairs.The applied nature of the course requires 98% attendance to successfully complete. The assessment of your overall competence is undertaken by a qualified assessor and competence judged using all of these completed tasks. Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course however an interest in woodworking skills is an advantage.

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Screen & Media (Video)

Take your first step into the media industry as you immerse yourself in the production process of planning, creating and editing a range of media products.

Become a media maker from the moment you begin the Certificate III in Screen and Media (Video). Create short films, podcasts, whole class projects in the television genre, short stories and social media profiles all whilst become familiar with the media industry. Work with others, develop your technical skills and cultivate your critical eye.

Screen & Media (Video) enables you to:

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Collaborate with like-minded people to develop your skills in the different production stages of creating a media product.

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Develop technical skills of video making.

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Better understand the current media industry landscape.

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Produce media in a range of forms to discover where your interests lie.

Certificate III in Screen and Media - Video students working on a video

Collaborate with like-minded people to develop your skills in the different production stages of creating a media product.

TestimonialsMason Peart (Multimedia Student)

“In multimedia we're given the opportunity to experiment with various concepts within the multimedia realm this includes podcasting, web design, animation and games design.”

TestimonialsNatasha Stamos (Media Teacher)

“There's a respect and acknowledgement of those traditional media forms and then we're just consistently looking for ways to push those boundaries.”

TestimonialsAnthony Stevens (Media Student)

“So we've got our usual film and animation and we've also got things like magazine covers, posters and we can even do apps now.”

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Certificate III in Screen and Media - Video students working on a video
Course
Level(s)
Qualification(s)

Course Structure

In the Video stream of the Certificate III in Screen and Media students develop skills in the area of film, audio and online. Students undertake practices to create creative individual and collaborative media products.

Activities & Tasks

Units 1 & 2 (First Year)
Students complete varied tasks to cover the qualification criteria which may include: planning and recording of a short film; sound and audio editing leading to the production of podcasts; research on the industry and current trends, careers and professional development; collecting and organising content to create a media product for screen or audio.

Units 3 & 4 (Second Year)
Students complete varied tasks to cover the qualification criteria which may include: writing content in response to a pitch; social media strategy for a person or product; develop skills of presentation and production techniques; planning and recording of a television show; creating a short film –how to, tutorial genre.

Assessment

The assessment involves a variety of methods including product assessment, observation and evidence of planning and production, like storyboards.It may also involve written responses. The assessment of overall competence will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and students’ competence judged using all of the qualification’s criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

Basic language literacy and computer competency levels are pre-requisites.It is necessary to have completed first year to enrol in second year. If you have individual needs, please contact the College.

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Sport & Recreation

Jump into your career as a coach or fitness instructor within your favourite area of sport by enrolling in Certificate III in Sport and Recreation. Train, coach and instruct others in a variety of sports and develop your own fitness as you participate in a range of sports as you are trained by fellow students.

Students develop their leadership skills and knowledge to safely and effectively plan, conduct, officiate, coach and participate in a range of sport and recreation sessions. These may include volleyball, Australian Rules football, soccer, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, netball, basketball, fitness circuits etc. Learn about current First Aid and OHS practices so you are ready to enter the industry as soon as you are done.

Sport & Recreation enables you to:

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Assist in preparing and conducting sport and recreation sessions.

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Undertake additional training and experience to pursue a range of career opportunities such as fitness instructor, sports masseuse and leisure/recreation officer.

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Apply first aid.

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Instruct and monitor fitness programs.

The Sport Leadership program is suited to students who enjoy an applied learning context. Students in this program will participate in active, hands-on sports education, wholly focussed around Sport. Within the program students cover all of their numeracy skills and literacy skills by reading, writing and speaking to sport related themes.

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Qualification(s)

Course Structure

The Certificate III in Sport and Recreation is for year 10-12 students aspiring to study and work in the sport and recreation industry. Students develop the leadership skills and knowledge to safely and effectively plan, conduct, officiate, coach and participate in a range of sport and recreation sessions. These may include: volleyball, Australian Rules football, soccer, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, netball, basketball, fitness circuits etc.

All new first year enrolments for Sport and Recreation in 2024 will be for the new SIS30122 Certificate III in Sport Aquatics and Recreation unless we receive advice otherwise from the VCAA.

Activities & Tasks

Planning, coaching and officiating a range of sport and recreation sessions. Instructing a group fitness workout to improve individuals' fitness levels. Plan and conduct educational programs. Participating in strength and conditioning programs for specific sports and general fitness. First aid certificate.

Assessment

The assessment involves a variety of methods including practical observations of work performance and evidencing written questions. The assessment of overall competence will be undertaken by a qualified assessor and students’ competence judged using all of the qualification’s criteria.

Students will be given a fair and adequate assessment process that includes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competency.

This certificate offers a study score in Year 12 through scored assessment. The score can contribute directly to the ATAR as one of a student's primary four scaled studies or as the fifth or sixth study.

Eligibility & Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.