Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College
Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College is a co-educational senior trade College which offers an alternative model to traditional schools. Students can learn in an innovative project based environment in Year 11 and 12, start their trade career, complete the first year of an Apprenticeship/traineeship by the time they finish Year 12 and get their HSC with no external HSC exams.
We also take enrolments for students in Year 10. Students are offered an opportunity to consider trade careers through our 'Trade Taster' program. This program assists students to decide on the best trade career by the end of Term 4 each year.
Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College aims to equip students with the skills they need to start a successful trade career. All students will do a common HSC program of study that is designed to enrich their understanding and skills in literacy, numeracy, work readiness, computing and business. This project-based learning covers English Studies, General Mathematics 1, Computing Applications, Work Studies and VET Business Services as well as their trade course. None of these subjects require students to sit for an external HSC exam. Our classroom program is based on a flexible delivery model, with teachers working with individuals to meet their needs as they study at the pace that is appropriate for good progress.
Students at Trades Norwest will also gain valuable work readiness for the trade environment. They will receive training in First Aid and White Card. Most of our teachers and trainers have extensive industry experience and a trade background and so are able to mentor the students as they prepare for working in a trade. Students work with an employer as an apprentice or trainee part time (usually 2 days per week in term time and full time during school holidays) then rotate back to the College for trade training and HSC study for the rest of the week during term time. Upon graduation, Year 12 students are awarded an HSC, should have qualified for Certificate II in Business Services and will have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.
Students in Carpentry and Electrotechnology are accredited through our RTO (Registered Training Organisation) TechWest Sydney taking advantage of the outstanding specialist facilities at the College and then continue at the College to complete their Certificate III qualification after finishing Year 12.
Other trade training courses operating at the College are Automotive (trained by Motor Traders Association) in our well-equipped Auto workshop and Early Childhood Education (trained by Futurum). All other trades can be studied through local TAFE Colleges.
Students are free to arrange their own apprenticeship. However, the College will assist students with finding appropriate work experience, and this will hopefully lead to an offer of an apprenticeship.
The College caters for:
• Students who have a passion for a particular trade and want to enter an Apprenticeship/Traineeship while they study the HSC.
• Students who know they want to follow a trade, but are not sure which one.
• Students who want to study vocational subjects but who do not want to pursue an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.
The College is a Christian school in the Anglican tradition. The College program will therefore provide students with the opportunity to explore Christianity and to gain an understanding of how the Christian faith can provide them with a strong basis for their life after College and in the trade environment. The College Chaplain also has a trade background.