Katherine High School enjoys a working partnership with Charles Darwin University (CDU) to deliver the VET in Secondary Schools program for our students aged 14 years and over. The courses include- Certificate II in Business and Engineering Pathways, Certificate 1 in Food Processing (Bakery) and Auto, and skill sets in Cooking for the Food Industry, Hairdressing Salon Assistant and the very popular Stock and Station Skills which include welding and horse work.

Students have the opportunity to learn at the CDU rural and town campuses with the majority of the training and assessing completed in two two week blocks delivered at the end of each semester when formal school assessment has finished. Each of these courses enables the students to learn practical trade skills and theory which are recognised nationwide in the form of national VET qualifications. Additionally successful achievement in the Certificate I and II courses accumulate NTCET credits for Stage 1 and 2 which helps the students to graduate in Year 12.
Most of the courses start around June each year .Certificate II in Business runs each Thursday for the year however. Students from KHS and St Joseph’s College meet each week for instruction by trainer and assessor Chris Dixon at the town campus. These students, along with the Cert II in Engineering Pathways, will complete structured work placements in local businesses throughout the course of the year.

At Katherine High School we have plans to expand this program to ensure our students have education choices and the opportunity to gain needed skills and build successful careers in industry.

School Based Apprenticeships

The School Based Apprenticeships Program here at Katherine High School allows students to attend school part time whilst completing apprenticeships in local businesses.

The students complete their Literacy, (expand acronym) PLP and Numeracy requirements at school on a modified timetable which allows them to work and complete their on the job training and trade school requirements.

We recognise and promote this flexible learning arrangement which allows students to achieve in both the education sector (gaining their NTCET) and in the workforce (trade and work qualifications) which is a win/win for all concerned.