Federation College’s VCAL program and partnership with IBM Australia recently saw the school win the 2016 Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Association VCAL Partner Achievement Award.
Federation’s program focuses on P-TECH to address STEM-related future employment opportunities and to enrich the VCAL experience for students. Students have opportunities to connect and build relationships with industry partners and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace.
As part of the partnership, IBM provides a coordinator to work with the P-TECH team to develop teaching and learning experiences; allows the use of its workplace resources to support the delivery of all VCAL strands with real-world applications; and develops a mentoring program to support young people in their understanding of workplace culture, employability skills and pathway planning. And with students and staff, IBM employees brainstorm projects to support the development of workplace learning and soft skills.