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Packages of Learning

More than 200 Tasmanian students in Years 9-10 are aligning their learning program to a particular industry as part of the ‘Packages of Learning’ program which commenced this year.

A total of 12 schools are taking part, following a successful pilot of the program in 2019 which saw strong engagement from students and positive results.

Engaging in a Package of Learning means that students not only learn practical industry skills, but also undertake core curriculum subjects such as Maths, Science and English through an industry lens, for example, Agriculture, Hospitality or Manufacturing.

This approach provides our senior students with an integrated approach to learning, and allows them to see how their learning will apply to their work life, creating greater clarity and excitement about their future.

Montrose Bay High is one of the schools offering this program, with 24 students currently studying an Architecture and Construction focussed Package of Learning. As part of their learning, the students are building a pizza oven with input from the Heavy Metal Kitchen chefs at MONA. This will give the students experience at pouring concrete, bricklaying, rendering, iron work and laying mosaic.

The students are also working on building a greenhouse and have already welded garden beds to help grow vegetables used in their ‘Second Bite’ and Loaves and Fishes program, providing  300 meals a week to the elderly and disadvantaged.

Montrose Bay High students with Zabreena Manjerivic (Teacher Assistant) and Geoff Doig (Teacher).

The development of the teaching and learning resources for each Package of Learning is guided and supported by local industry partners, ensuring that students understand real-world problems facing industry and industry trends.

Every student is different, and we want to ensure that all students feel supported to learn in a way that is best suited to their unique style and circumstances.

Providing a number of different learning options for our students not only assists to keep our students engaged in their studies, but allows them to explore possible career pathways and make more informed decisions about their future.

Expressions of Interest to deliver Packages of Learning are now open for all Tasmanian schools. For more information, schools can contact VLCE@education.tas.gov.au.

For more information about how the program works see the Packages of Learning video.

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