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J J Cahill Memorial High School

J J Cahill Memorial High School

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Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) partners with industry and government to provide people with workplace skills and technical knowledge to help them advance their career now and into the future.

VET courses for students are developed by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and are based on nationally recognised qualifications.

Students have the option of studying VET courses at school, or through TAFE NSW.

VET courses offered at the school include:

  • Information and Digital Technology
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Sport Coaching

See our our Hospitality students in action

The school also supports students accessing TAFE-delivered VET (TVET) as well as undertaking School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

Information and Digital Technology

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is a complex and comprehensive industry. It is an important contributor to business activities in all industries. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) studies estimate that 50 per cent of all Australian business productivity can be attributed to the application of information and communication technologies.

The ICT industry incorporates a range of different businesses and industry sectors including ICT service providers, purchasers and users of ICT goods and services, technical support providers, multimedia and web development specialists, desktop publishers, graphic designers, programmers and help desk operators.

Workforce development needs in the ICT industry are driven by factors including the business cycle, new technologies and applications and the Australian Government's digital economy strategy. A skilled future workforce is needed to address challenges including maximising National Broadband Network (NBN) capability, managing risks associated with network and information security, addressing the wide divergence of skills needed to meet workplace requirements and adopting sustainable ICT practices.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation. 


Learning in each HSC course within the Construction Curriculum Framework provides opportunities for students to develop relevant technical, vocational and interpersonal competencies suitable for employment and further training in the construction industry. It also provides for the development of employability skills such as communication and teamwork which are transferable to other industry areas and are a key feature of each qualification available through the Framework.

With an employment base of more than 895,000 people, the construction industry is a significant employer of full-time (approximately 85%) and part-time (approximately 15%) employees. In the past ten years, the size of enterprises has reduced, but the number of enterprises has doubled. The construction industry has a low representation of women in the industry and female recruitment and skilling is a strategy being implemented to address labour needs in the construction industry.

A diverse range of occupations exists across the construction industry, such as carpenters, joiners, roof tilers, plasterers, bricklayers, painters and decorators, floor finishers and plumbers.

The industry is adapting to new technology, building systems, products and practices. This highlights the need to develop new skills sets. The industry is currently experiencing a range of skills shortages both in the trades and professional sectors.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation. 


With an employment base of more than 1.3 million people, the hospitality and associated industries are preparing for an additional 325,000 new jobs across all sectors. Dominated by a mix of interdependent small to medium businesses, the industry employs a large number of young people, many in part-time as well as full-time positions and with a growing trend of casualisation of the workforce.

A diverse range of occupations exists across the hospitality industry, such as customer service and sales, commercial cookery and catering, food and beverage service, accommodation service, product development and marketing and promotion.

The hospitality industry is an important part of the Australian economy, contributing significantly to the gross domestic product (GDP).

Identified as an industry area with significant skills shortages, the hospitality industry has an ongoing commitment to training in not only the technical areas but those also related to customer service and employability (such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork). Employers value multiskilled workers whose skills can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual business.

The course structure at JJ Cahill Memorial High follows a Training and Assessment Strategy mandated by the regional Registered Training Organisation.

Sport Coaching

Students are involved in face to face lessons, assessments, project and assignments, including additional prescribed reading and other structured activities. 

All learners will have access to a range of school technology and resources where these are necessary for the completion of the theory and/or practical components of the course. For example, Technology laboratory time will emphasise practical work that requires specialist hardware. Class time will emphasise the consolidation of practical skills development and practice. Sports and sports coaching related activities will emphasise skill acquisition and practice of skills. 

Students also participate in team activities and work with others, use technology, plan and organise activities, apply problem solving skills, collect, analyse and organise information, communicate ideas and information, across all curriculum areas. In the school environment there is a very strong emphasis on Work Health and Safety of self and others within and outside the classroom. 

The topics studied in Sport Coaching are: 

  • Organise daily work

  • Introduction to coaching 

  • Sports injury

  • Teach the skills of rugby league for modified games

  • Athletics 

  • Basketball

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