FAQs

Who comes to the College?

Students who:
  • have a passion for a particular trade and want to enter an Apprenticeship/Traineeship while they study the HSC
  • who know they want to follow a trade, but are not sure which one
  • who want to study vocational subjects but who do not want to pursue an Apprenticeship/Traineeship
  • do not cope well with formal senior level examinations.
  • have been disengaged from  learning in a more formal school setting
  • are better suited to learing in a more adult-style of environment
  • would benefit from a mentoring approach to learning
 

Do you have to be Anglican to enrol in the College?

Trades Norwest is an Anglican Schools Corporation College which aims to provide a high quality education in a caring, Christian environment. All students are welcome, whether from Christian families or not, provided parents and students acknowledge that the Christian faith will be taught.
 

Is the College Co-ed?

The College encourages applications from boys and girls interested in a trade or vocational career. The variety of courses that are offered at the College as well as the options available through local TAFE or private colleges means that all students can make the choice to be part of our unique no-exam HSC program and start their future career in an environment that is friendly and supportive.
 

How can you get an HSC if you don’t do the HSC exams?

The NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has a group of subjects that will allow a program of study that meets their requirements for the award of an HSC, but which do not have an external exam or for which the exam is optional.  BOSTES has been consulted about the program at Trades Norwest and have confirmed that it is appropriate for the award of the HSC.
 

What HSC subjects are offered?

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 program will include English Studies, General Mathematics 1, Computing Applications, Work Studies, Sport Lifestyle and Recreation  and VET Business Services as well as their trade course. All students participate in the course Industry Based Learning once they have an apprenticeship. None of these subjects require students to sit for an external HSC exam. A Fitness program is an additional benefit for all students.
 
Students will only do internal assessments in order to complete their course.
 

What trades can you study?

At the College we have an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) TechWest Sydney which can offer accreditation for Carpentry and Electrotechnology and Business Services, White Card and First Aid.  The Motor Traders Association will provide trainers for Automotive.
 
All other trades can be studied through local private Colleges or TAFE Colleges. The Master Plumbers Association has a training facility at Auburn. Students interested in Beauty Therapy can study at the Australian Academy Beauty-Spa-Therapy at Bella Vista or at a local TAFE.
 
Students have studied:
Automotive, Carpentry, Electrotechnology, Bakery, Commercial Cookery, Landscaping, Educational Support(Teacher's Aide), Beauty, Hairdressing, Plumbing, Horticulture, Nursing, Graphic Design, Stonemasonry, Locksmithing, Bricklaying, Early Childhood Education, Meat Proccsing (Retail Butcher), Business, Logistics, Painting and Decorating, Metals Engineering
 

What training facilities does the College have?

The College has impressive facilities for training students in Carpentry, Electrotechnology and Automotive.
 

Are students guaranteed an apprenticeship?

Students are free to arrange their own apprenticeship.
However, the College has an Industry Liaison Officer who will assist students and their families with finding appropriate work experience, and this will hopefully lead to an offer of an apprenticeship.
 

How is this program different from a school-based apprenticeship at a traditional school?

At Trades Norwest, the main focus is on the student’s vocational and trade training and apprenticeship. The school program of study is fitted around the days of trade training and work. So there is no need to ‘catch up’ on lessons that were missed when students were out of the school training or working.
 
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. The teachers are in fact mentors for the students as well as teachers.
 
The benefit for employers is that Trades Norwest apprentices are available to work for 2 days each week in term time and full time in the holidays. This gives more exposure tot the workplace than may be possible in a mainstream school.

What are the College hours?

Classes start each day at 8.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm.  There is a morning break and a lunch break each day. The College runs on a 4 term year that aligns with terms at other schools.
 

How often do students train?

Training is usually held on one full day each week of the school term. The training day is usually from 8am to 4pm.
 

How often do students go to work when they have an apprenticeship?

Students work 2 days per week with their trade employer, and are paid for this work. Employment in the school holidays is at the discretion of the employer, but we find that most students have the opportunity to work full time in the holidays. 
 

What if a student cannot get an apprenticeship?

The College will continue to explore opportunities for work experience for students within their chosen trade area. As well, these students will receive extra support to develop work readiness skills that will make them more attractive to future employers. The College will work with students and parents to find the best outcome for each student. Even if it has not been possible to arrange for an apprenticeship, students will still be able to get their HSC, complete the Certificate II  or Certificate III in Business Services and most will be able to complete Certificate II in their trade area.
 
Some students will benefit from waiting until Year 12 to begin an apprenticeship and may decide to follow our PATHWAYS PROGRAM.
 

What are the advantages of the program at Trades Norwest?

Students at Trades Norwest will also gain valuable work readiness for the trade environment. They will receive training in First Aid and White Card. Many 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 environment.
 

Should I start in Year 10 or Year 11? Can I enrol in the College during the year?

There are two main entry points for the College - at the beginning of Year 10 or the beginning of Year 11. Students who enrol in Year 10 have the advantage of a range of trade taster experiences to help them find the most suitable trade career. Year 10 students will also have a head-start in getting used to our self-directed approach to senior studies. However, if you start in Year 10 and leave before the end of Year 12 you will not be eligible to receive a ROSA.
 
There is also the opportunity to start at Trades Norwest at the beginning of Year 11. If students are not completely sure of their trade career direction at that time, there is still time to make changes and to be advised by the caring staff at the College. 
 
It is possible for students to enrol during the year, especially in Year 10. It is preferable that students transfer to the College in Year 11 before the middle of Term 2 in order to meet the cut-offs for picking up a school-based apprenticeship.
 
Students who decide to transfer to the College late in Year 11 or at the beginning of Year 12 and have decided to start a school-based apprenticeship may benefit from the PATHWAYS PROGRAM. This allows students to begin a trade in Year 12, continue on to get their HSC and complete the 1st year of their apprenticship by the end of Year 13.

How can I find out more about Trades Norwest?

You can arrange an interview with the Principal and a tour of the College. Contact our Enrolment Registrar on 8008 1300 or email info@tradesnorwest.nsw.edu.au

 

Interested?

Contact the College for a tour or enrolment interview, or to have our helpful staff answer your questions.

Call (02) 8008 1300