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Trade Pathways Program

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The Year 9 Trade Pathways Program is aimed at providing greater success and engagement for students in Year 9. Students who are disengaged with school, prefer learning by doing and who require additional support with Literacy and Numeracy or are interested in soon moving to apprenticeships or employment are the target group for the program.


As part of the Year 9 Trade Pathways Program you will undertake 4 TAFE taster programs. Areas possibly covered include  Electrotechnology, Engineering, Community Services, Hair & Beauty, Building & Construction, Automotive, Agriculture, Electrical & Plumbing. You will also build work related skills and investigate career options beyond the program. Where possible the numeracy and literacy program will be based around those needed in a range of apprenticeship programs.  As part of the program you will also undertake training to discover and integrate values and principles that can bring positive change in all areas of life

Students are taken out of regular classes one day a week to undertake their Trade Pathways Studies. Majority of the studies are done at the Baw Baw Skills Centre or DSC.

Students who participate in the program undertake literacy as well as numeracy each week. These are studied in the regular school timetable but are together as the 9TPP class where the content is supported by examples used from workforce and scenarios from the workplace. Extra support and resources are given to the Pre Apprenticeship Program to support many on the students who are currently struggling in either Literacy or Numeracy.

The rest of the student’s timetable is made up of 2 periods a week of  Themes (Integrated unit) and  2 mainstream electives per semester that are chosen by students to help advance in their possible career paths. The program sets students up succeed in a Full Pre app VETis program in 2021.


There is a cost of $300 for the Year 9 Trade Pathway Program to cover the cost of the excursions, programs and accredited units of the course for the year.