Vocational options

Are you leaving school and want to move into a career?

Or maybe you’ve been out of school for a while but you’re interested in further developing your skills?

We offer accredited courses that will help you find the right career path and build your skills, ready for the workplace.

Step 1 - School, Step 2 - Our courses, Step 3 - Help finding a career, Step 4 - Your career

We know that many people with disability want to work and can work.

Being able to work gives people with disability:

  • financial independence
  • the opportunity to take part in their community
  • better physical and mental health outcomes.

It also helps to create a sense of identity and can improve self-worth.

We provide a supportive and nurturing environment to help students achieve their career and professional development goals through a range of accredited courses.

22301VIC Certificate I in Transition EducationNRT logo

This qualification is an introduction course and covers making personal goals, independent living skills, finding information about everyday activities such as travel and understanding your rights and responsibilities when taking part in the community.

Course length: 18 months.

Award: When you successfully complete all the units of competency in this course, you will receive a Certificate I in Transition Education. If you don’t complete the whole course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units you successfully completed.

Read about Anderson, one of our graduates, and what he achieved during this course.

22302VIC Certificate I in Work EducationNRT logo

This qualification is an introduction to work and follows on from the Certificate I Transition Education.

It covers workplace health and safety, information on different industries, how to look for a job, work related goals and education/training requirements for specific jobs.

Course length: 18 months.

Award: When you successfully complete all the units of competency in this course, you will receive a Certificate I in Work Education. If you don’t complete the whole course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units you successfully completed.

Our short courses vary in length, but usually go for 5, 10 or 20 weeks.

You’ll receive a statement of attainment for each unit you complete.

Our short course options include:

  • taking part in the community
  • recognising safety signs
  • improving your self-development
  • being a good volunteer
  • preparing basic food
  • making and serving expresso coffee.

We work with Disability Employment Providers to help our graduates find and keep a job. We do this through onsite support and training with one of our trainers.

You can find more detailed information about our courses, including the cost, length and units in our Vocational Training Course Information Booklet (PDF).

How to apply

Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to do, fill out our enrolment form (PDF) and send it to us.

To apply, you’ll need:

  • your Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • proof that you live in Australia permanently
  • one type of identification (ID)
  • your concession card (if you’re applying for a concession).

You’ll also need to show us that you have a permanent cognitive impairment or intellectual disability. For example, a letter from your doctor.

Unique Student Identifier

A USI is a ten-digit code. Any nationally recognised training you do with us, or another training organisation, will be recorded with your code.

If you don’t already have a USI, you can apply for it online.

Proof that you live in Australia permanently

You’ll need to show us one of the following:

  • your Australian birth certificate (not an extract)
  • your Medicare card
  • a current Australian or New Zealand passport
  • a naturalisation certificate
  • a Department of Immigration and Border Protection document confirming you have permanent residency.

Identification

If the above document you show us doesn’t include your date of birth, you’ll need to show us one of the following:

  • your driver licence or learner permit
  • your proof of age card
  • a Keypass ID card (from Australia Post).

Concessions

If you are applying for a concession, you’ll need to show us one of the following:

  • Health Care Card
  • Veterans Gold Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card.

Pre-enrolment meeting

After we receive your enrolment form, we’ll arrange a pre-enrolment meeting with you.

At the meeting, we’ll talk about the course you’ve applied for.

We want to make sure:

  • it's the right course for you
  • the course is tailored to your needs and capabilities.

We can also talk about whether you have any skills or previous study that could count towards your course.

Language, literacy and numeracy

You may need to do a language, literacy and numeracy test. We’ll talk to you about this at our pre-enrolment meeting.

Your skills and other training

We will give you the opportunity to have your skills and other training/qualifications recognised if they are relevant to the course you want to enrol in.

For example, you may have:

  • paid or volunteer work experience
  • formal training
  • skills and knowledge from other jobs
  • trade skills
  • life experience.

You will need to submit a recognition of prior learning (RPL) application along with evidence to show how you meet the performance criteria of each unit you want to apply for RPL.

Evidence might include:

  • job descriptions
  • photos or samples of your work
  • work appraisals or eye witness testimonies

It will cost extra money to apply for RPL and you need pay for it before we can assess your application.

We will recognise Qualifications or Units of Competency you have completed with another Registered Training Organisation. This is called ‘credit transfer’. If you have already completed study that is relevant to the course you will need to show us the original Certificate.

Enrolment meeting

At our final meeting we’ll finish off your enrolment.

This includes taking your payment and making sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable starting your chosen course.

Anderson

Anderson

Anderson, one of our students who completed our Certificate I in Transition Education, achieved a big personal goal during the course.

Once a much quieter man who was afraid of dogs, Anderson has dramatically improved his confidence and practical skills during the course.

He can now demonstrate excellent road safety skills, has the tools to deal with his fears and is able to handle changes to his plans.

However, his biggest achievement is that he now happily travels independently between NSS and his home each week using public transport.

Anderson’s achievements are a huge credit to our trainer and assessor, Katherine Saheed, who works with our students to make sure they receive practical outcomes from our accredited courses.

Interested? Fill in an enrolment form (PDF) or call us on (03) 9486 5077.

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