The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, has addressed the first ever graduates of Trinity Grammar School’s pioneering Certificate II Leadership Through Cadets Course at the inaugural graduation ceremony held on Tuesday evening, 19 September 2017.
In 2015 Trinity Grammar School embarked on an academic initiative offering new learning opportunities for boys, by extending and rewarding their leadership qualities through the Australian Army Cadets. Last night saw the first participants graduate with Trinity’s Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets qualification, with 19 students receiving their certificate.
Unable to attend in person, Minister Karen Andrews prepared a video presentation which was aired at the graduation ceremony. In it she said, “I’m honoured to welcome you to Trinity Grammar School’s inaugural graduation dinner for students graduating through the Leadership Through Cadets Course … You’ve spent 3 years working towards this qualification, and tonight you’ll receive some well-deserved recognition for all your hard work. This course has allowed you to develop skills valued by employers, in leadership, collaboration, problem-solving, enterprise, self-management, and the use of technology. These are skills for work, but they’re also skills for life.”
“Whilst vocational education is often associated with trades, it’s a valuable option to consider if you want to develop the skills required for Australia’s future workforce needs. It provides opportunities to pursue careers in, for example, science, technology, engineering and maths, as well as health and ageing, and hospitality and tourism,” continued Minister Andrews.
Special guest, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Simadas from the Australian Army Cadets attended the evening and distributed awards assisted by Major George Stefanovic.
The ground-breaking leadership course, owned and delivered by Trinity Grammar School, accredits students with a nationally recognised Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets qualification – the only one of its kind offered in Australia. The course is delivered to boys from Years 8 to 10 who are enrolled in Cadets, and is taught and assessed as a supplement to normal Cadet activities. To achieve the qualification, Trinity Cadets must demonstrate competency in 12 core units and eight elective units.
Leadership Through Cadets is designed to enable boys to acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills associated with leadership. Trinity Grammar School’s Director of Vocational Education and RTO Manager (Careers Education) Dr Frederick Osman said, “The skills associated with leadership are highly valued in the workplace and in society in general. The course has the potential to afford Trinity boys an advantage in the competitive quest for scholarships and jobs, but more importantly, it equips them with vital life skills.”
Year 10 student James Bednaic reflected on his time in the course: “Joining this course, has been one of the best opportunities I have had at this school. In the past three years I have done so much, learnt so much, and experienced so much. This course has taught me so much more than just what it takes to be a leader, but it also has developed me into a fine student and taught me skills that I will use in any work environment in the future … and in turn has prepared me far better than most, for the world outside Trinity Grammar School.”
The Leadership Through Cadets course includes the following qualifications:
Year 8 – Working towards a Statement of Attainment
Year 9 – Statement of Attainment in Leadership Through Cadets
Year 10 – Certificate II in Leadership Through Cadets.
The Minister spoke of raising the status of vocational education and training (VET), and of the Government’s investment of $1.5 billion in a new Skilling Australians Fund. The fund will be matched by States and Territories to support 300,000 more apprenticeships, traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, and higher apprenticeships over the next four years.
“We want all young people to have the information they need to make informed choices about their study options and develop the skills needed to navigate their future careers. And that’s why we’ve committed $3 million dollars towards a new National Career Education Strategy,” said Minister Andrews.
Ms Andrews concluded her address by saying: “As the first group of students to receive this qualification and gain new leadership skills, you’re well placed to be on a path to success. To you, as future leaders and as future innovators, I wish you every success for your transition from school into your professional lives and all the adventures you’ll have along the way.”
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 91644), Trinity offers a unique vocational pathway, with Certificate II VET courses in Construction Pathways, Electrotechnology and Hospitality, and Certificate III courses in Information Digital Media Technology and Entertainment.