Wyndham and Hobsons Bay Clusters
The Vocational Education and Training (VET) program has been developed through partnerships between 16 schools within the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay council areas and WynBay LLEN. These area partnerships are referred to as “Clusters”.
WynBay VETiS cluster is a single entity run by the WynBay LLEN that ensures young people have access to a broad range of affordable and local VET programs within the community. It has been running for over 8 years in partnership with secondary education providers within Wyndham and Hobsons Bay regions. Currently, there are two separate clusters for each region.
The WynBay Local Learning and Employment Network (WynBay LLEN) oversees the administration of the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay VETiS Clusters. In 2009 WynBay LLEN re-established the Hobsons Bay VETiS Cluster. In 2010 WynBay LLEN provided joint administration and coordination of both Wyndham and Hobsons Bay VET Clusters.
WynBay VETiS Cluster is based on the Home-Host School Model.
The Home-Host School Model
The Home-Host School Model of VET Delivered to Secondary Schools is an administrative agreement developed through partnerships between government and catholic schools in the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay areas.
· The ‘Host’ school is the school or provider who opens their VET subjects to any students in the region, ‘hosting’ the students, who are enrolled at another school or agency.
· The ‘Home’ school is the school or agency at which the student is enrolled for the bulk of their secondary studies.
The Home-Host Model relies on VET programs being offered by providers (mostly schools who are either Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in their own right, or are auspiced by local RTO’s to deliver VET programs to any student in the region.
The Home-Host Model was set up in response to high demand for VET programs and the huge cost to schools providing VET courses. For the students in the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay region can access 38 different VET courses. For the schools, this model allows them to be able to cover the costs of developing, providing and resourcing these programs.
The new Web Portal – JobReady will be a paperless system that will streamline the VETDSS application and administration procedures in the WynBay regions. The new VETDSS portal is expected to be operational in early 2017.