The WA College of Agriculture-Denmark delivers on its maxim “Excellence and innovation in agricultural education”.
Darren Scahill, Vocational Education Training Co-ordinator for the Certificate II and Certificate III in Agriculture, has introduced innovations into the training program at the College.
A new website, developed purely for students to help them to achieve their competencies, was launched earlier this year and is proving its worth as we progress through the school year. This advanced training tool takes students through the skills and knowledge required for each unit of competency step-by-step; and clearly outlines the components of each unit. It provides written and visual media such as video demonstrations, all geared towards student training and skills development. ”It certainly was a distinct advantage during the COVID19 restrictions, providing on-line training at home.” Said, Mr. Scahill.
Whether a student is learning to muster and move livestock, plant horticultural crops, drive a tractor or operate basic machinery and equipment they can log into the training App and access training information specific to their course of study.
“Students will also be able to complete questions that test their knowledge of competencies on-line, something that up until now, they have had to provide in writing,” said Principal Steve Swallow, about the new learning initiative. “Responses are provided in real-time so a student can easily track how they are performing in any one area.”
Students studying for the Certificate II or Certificate III in Agriculture are attaining a qualification that provides an entry level occupational outcome in agriculture, putting students from the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark ahead in the employment stakes.
Pictured: Year 11 student, Jack Wellstead using the software during class.