Trades & Technologies

The Northern College of the Arts and Technology provides industry-standard training to technology students.
Through our purpose built, 17 million dollar facilities the Northern College of the Arts and Technology provides industry standard training to Year 10 students via a technologies stream, and 11 and 12 students seeking to integrate VET technology certificates within VCE or VCAL qualifications.
With a strong focus on sustainable energies, the College has been designated a ‘Leading School’ by the Victorian Department of Education for innovation and leadership in technologies. Real connections with industry and TAFE open pathways for students seeking entry into apprenticeships, traineeships or further education.

Links to careers in Trades & Technologies


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The College boasts a progressive technologies curriculum. Connections with industry, TAFE, Job Pathway and Pre-Apprenticeship programs support apprenticeship applications on graduation.

Sustainability practices are a central focus of the College’s approach toward a greener future. Our technologies curriculum embodies this focus with state-of-the-art facilities to develop education in sustainable practices.

Pre-Apprenticeships & Trades

The College’s full-time Pre-Apprenticeships & Trades Program gives Year 11 & 12 students a proven pathway into a broad range of trades.
The Pre-apprenticeship & trades program is available as a two year program over Year 11 and 12, or as a one year program for students enrolling in Year 12.
The program is integrated within an Intermediate and/or Senior VCAL qualification, which embeds the literacy and numeracy skills required for a student’s chosen industry specialisation. Structured Work Placements with industry are secured for one day per week, giving NCAT graduates a real edge in the workforce. Students also gain an OH&S White Card and a Level 1 First Aid Certificate on graduation.
The program provides year 11 and 12 students with hands-on experience, access to industry level equipment,  and a unique package of qualifications that employers will appreciate. Students elect one of four streams;
Plumbing & Engineering,
Electrical & Engineering,
Auto & Engineering,
Building Construction & Furnishing.

Students gain a minimum of two Certificate II qualifications based on their chosen specialisation. 
This provides students with exposure to a broad range of skills to enable an informed decision regarding their preferred industry specialisation. Students completing the program over Years 11 & 12 complete additional streams.
These VET certificates are in addition to the completion of a Year 11 VCAL Intermediate and / or Year 12 VCAL Senior Certificate which are recognised state-wide qualifications.

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Contact the College for current information about possible Apprenticeships and pathways.