Vocational Learning

There are a range of programs and activities available during years 9 and 10.  These programs prepare students for work and assist in making meaningful and considered decisions about their career pathways after high school.



Hospitality

Programs are offered in hospitality through The Café and Introduction to Hospitality classes as pre-vocational courses.  Students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to select each course for a semester of study.   The Café is run as a business and students gain experience in occupational health and safety; catering; coffee and food preparation; taking orders, waiting at tables and serving customers; as well as cash register usage and stock control.  Introduction to Hospitality exposes students to the skills and knowledge typically required for a career in the hospitality industry, and gives them opportunities to prepare and present food for café and restaurant style meals as well as refine customer relations.


Work Experience (WEX)

All students in Year 9 and 10 have the opportunity to experience the world of work through a work experience placement of usually five consecutive working days. Students are placed with an employer for one week and receive a work experience reference which may be useful when seeking work in the future.

Students wishing to work in any of the construction areas need to participate in a short course to obtain their White Card which is a health and safety construction induction certificate. It is also now a requirement that students complete an Asbestos Awareness Training Course before these placements. These courses are completed through outside training centres.


Careers Information

All students access information about future careers, study options at college or CIT and listen to guest speakers from a range of professions.  Students also participate in workshops to practice interview skills and CV writing.  Year 9 and 10 students visit the annual Careers Expo held during the first week of August.  The expo specialises in the provision of valuable career opportunities to secondary students throughout the ACT and surrounding NSW schools network. There are over 80 local and national exhibitors, including universities, colleges and career placement organisations providing a wide range of information to access further study or work.


Careers Information

All students in Year 9 participate in Careers Days as part of a school-wide events week program.  Students access information about future careers, study options at college or CIT and listen to guest speakers from a range of professions.  Students also participate in workshops to practice interview skills and CV writing.  Year 10 students visit the annual Careers Expo held during the first week of August.  The expo specialises in the provision of valuable career opportunities to secondary students throughout the ACT and surrounding NSW schools network. There are over 80 local and national exhibitors, including universities, colleges and career placement organisations providing a wide range of information to access further study or work.


C4 Building and Construction Program

The C4 program is conducted by the Master Builders Association Group Training Company, ACT Regional Building and Construction Industry Training Council, ACT Department of Education and Training and financially supported by the Training Fund Authority.  The C4 program is part of the 'Kids at Risk Initiative' therefore students who struggle to meet the requirements to receive their Year 10 Certificate are targeted to participate. Mount Stromlo is one of eight ACT high schools involved in this program.

This program provides support and encouragement to students to complete their Year 10 Certificate and then transition into college.  The C4 program supports the ACT Government's priority to encourage all young people to complete thirteen years of schooling and achieve a Year 12 Certificate or equivalent vocational qualification. On successful completion of the course students receive a nationally recognised qualification – Certificate II in Construction Pathways, and they will have on-the-job training recognised on their Year 12 Certificate.