Vocational Education and Training (VET) enables students to receive workplace skills and knowledge through nationally-recognised qualifications from industry-developed training packages or accredited courses. VET Delivered to Secondary School Students (VETDSSS) allows students to mix general and vocational education, working towards achieving competencies as part of a full or partial VET qualification as they complete their secondary school studies.
The delivery of VET qualifications must be done through an RTO (Registered Training Organisation), and whilst many schools also hold registration as a RTO, most VETDSSS programs are undertaken in partnership with another provider as part of an third-party auspicing arrangement.
Since 2009 COSAMP has been designing partnerships specifically for secondary schools, combining all the necessary components of an RTO Auspice Agreement with the provision of an extensive library of fully compliant assessment tools, as well as media-rich delivery resources and ongoing support throughout each year.
Our approach is defined by our commitment to support, and to continuously improving our teaching and learning resources to always ensure they remain relevant to current music industry trends and technology. Plus, with dynamic integrated platforms, step-by-step compliance systems and each partner school assigned their own School Partnership Consultant (SPC), we’ve taken the hard work out of managing and delivering your VET program(s).
Whether your school has delivered a VET Music program before or not, we can assist you in tailoring a unique, engaging and industry-relevant program for your students that will result in nationally recognised outcomes and lay the foundation for their successful pathway into the creative industries.
WHAT WE PROVIDE, FOR
Teachers and Students
Here’s what to expect, when your school partners with COSAMP
- Fully audited and compliant Assessment Tools for over 70 Units of Competency
- Access to our media-rich interactive Student Site, packed with over 160 learner resource lessons, self-marking quizzes, keywords PDFs, audio/video tutorials and more
- Access to our Data Resources, over 350GB of pre-formatted, downloadable music technology sessions, in a range of software platforms, as a companion to the online systems
- Structured online compliance and support meetings
- Access to VET Moderation & Validation PD Workshops and the chance to connect and collaborate with COSAMP’s national network of schools
- Your own School Partnership Consultant (SPC) contact, for ongoing advice and planning support throughout the year
- Plus, the security of partnering with Australia’s largest specialist VETDSSS Music & Creative Industries RTO and resource provider
WHAT YOU’LL NEED, TO DELIVER
VET Music at Your School
If you’re looking to partner with COSAMP to deliver VET Music, here’s what you’ll need
- An approved Certificate IV in Training and Assessment credential
- Vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed. COSAMP does not require teachers to hold the qualification they deliver. Ask us about our Staff Matrix process
- Current (music) industry skills relevant to the training and assessment being provided in the program
- Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs training and assessment
- Access to the physical resources and equipment required for each Unit of Competency. This could be a school-based recording setup, PA & performance system, classroom computer lab or music production software
Many RTOs and resource providers charge a base level auspice/admin fee, then add on various other fees for parchment processing/delivery, PD workshops/events or per-student fees. COSAMP’s fee structure largely involves one ‘all inclusive’ Auspice Fee, with additional fees for each extra program beyond the first. For a full outline of pricing and details, please click through to our Schedule of Fees.
The physical resources and equipment required will be largely dependent on the individual units and inherent focus (or ‘specialisation’) in the program. Broadly, Performance based programs usually require access to rehearsal/performance spaces, live sound (PA) equipment and instruments/amps, whereas Sound Production based programs require simulated recording studio spaces with music production equipment and software. Click through to our Expression of Interest form to speak to us further.
The Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authority in each state or territory recognises VET in the context of its own education framework. Students can undertake VET as part of a Senior Secondary Certificate with its completion providing credit towards both a recognised VET qualification and a senior secondary school certificate within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). For more information, visit the ACACA website.
With the exception of the VCE VET Certificate III in Music (in Vic), where the 2nd year (Units 3&4) units are prescribed, COSAMP always aims to provide as much flexibility as possible to schools wanting to establish a VET Music program. Our aim is to assist in creating unique unit selections and, in turn, programs that fit each school’s needs, cohort, equipment and circumstances. Click through to view our 2022 Course Guide.
VET Music provides a complementary skillset to ‘traditional’ theory and performance studies, preparing students for work and life as a musician/producer in the contemporary music industry. It’s a practical, skills-based learning approach that reflects the ongoing evolution of trends and technologies, employer expectations and real working conditions in a range of music and sound production professions in the industry.