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ERIC Number: ED479663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Beyond 'Kirby': Spotlight on the Youth Unit at Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT).
Haynes, Ann
ARIS Resources Bulletin, v14 n1 p1-4 Mar 2003
To address the findings of the Kirby Review (that early school leaving is motivated by a desire for work and lack of interest in school), a new qualification, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) was introduced on a trial basis in 2002. The Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT) Youth Unit offers programs at three northern Melbourne campuses to provide youth access to post-compulsory education and training. Two of NMIT's Youth Unit programs Young Adult Migrant Education Course (YAMEC) and Alternative Year 10 program transferred easily to VCAL requirements. Student selection interviews assessed whether a Youth Unit program would meet student needs. Followup interviews to monitor personal responses and course reflections occurred at least once a term. New staff were recruited who had qualities and strategies to deal with difficult behaviors; a relaxed, understanding attitude to working with youth; and a variety of teaching experiences and skills and literacy and numeracy expertise. Each group had a core teacher. Classes operated with a maximum of 15 students. Students with personal and behavioral issues were referred to and then monitored by a counselor. Program content included modules from Certificates I and II in vocational education and training; literacy education; and personal development. The Work Placement Officer attached to YAMEC helped students find work. Looking to the future, Youth Unit VCAL programs continued in 2003; NMIT conducted themed VCALS to provide vocational pathways for students interested in the areas of hospitality, engineering or building and construction; and the trial demonstrated a need to engage youth in courses with a strong vocational focus. (YLB)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Adult, Community, and Further Education Board, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Language Australia, Melbourne (Victoria). Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Note: For the Kirby Review, see