2015 saw the beginning of a trial where students could undertake a Certificate 3 Traineeship as part of the AGCAP program. This new initiative will continue into 2016 and will be evaluated to see if the trial was successful. If so, the Certificate III Traineeship will become a mainstream aspect of the AGCAP program from 2017 onwards.
The following provides a snapshot of the Certificate II program as it was conducted in 2015.
Pathway from School to Work
The recommended AGCAP pathway consists of a series of linked stages starting as a Certificate II course within the Primary Industries Framework or a School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT). The pathway is built on a partnership from school to Vocational Educational Training (VET) to onto University. Students may choose to exit and re-enter the program at any stage.
Students undertaking the SBAT pathway have a training plan that identifies industry-specific competencies some of which are delivered by Tocal College, a partner Registered Training Organisation.
AGCAP in Partnership with Tocal College and the University of New England
Tocal College (Post School)
Students may enter Tocal at Certificate III level following Certificate II school studies. However, direct entry to Certificate IV level at Tocal is possible for students with significant farm experience and satisfactory performance in HSC Agriculture or Primary Industries.
Entry into the Certificate IV at Tocal is supported through the Direct Entry program offered in Orientation Week. This includes general assessment of basic skill level and experience in a number of areas of farm work. The Diploma/Advanced Diploma, which is fully online, can be commenced while completing the Certificate IV. Click on this link to see more about this exciting pathway: http://www.tocal.nsw.edu.au/courses/degree-pathway
University of New England
Credit gained from studying the Diploma/Advanced Diploma at Tocal may account for up to 50% of a Bachelor of Agrifood Systems at the University of New England (UNE).
Articulation into a Bachelor of Agrifood Systems, studied full time or part time, results in the graduate incurring a lower HECS debt than through conventional pathways. Progression from Tocal to UNE is outlined on the Tocal website.