01 April 2021

Year 11 VCAL furthering their skills

Article by Ms Kirsty Allan

Year 11 VCAL furthering their skills

Over the past term on every Thursday the Year 11 VCAL students have been furthering their skills through Short Courses Australia (SCA). The students now have 6 certificates they can now add to their resumes giving them more opportunities for jobs.


Responsible Service of Alcohol; we have learnt strategies and skills to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking as well as how to serve alcohol.

Food handling:

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to handle food safely during the storage, preparation, display, service and disposal of food. It requires the ability to follow predetermined procedures as outlined in a food safety program.


This course focused on understanding espresso theory, executing the correct technique and learning how to steam and pour a beautiful milk beverage. We left this session knowing the correct way to make great coffee at home or even to enable us to begin a career as a barista.

First aid:

We were taught a mixture of both practical and theory and learnt how to examine a casualty and familiarise ourselves with basic life support and learn how to control bleeding and trauma.


We learnt about the different signs of choking as well as the different ways of responding to such situations. The basic CPR training also teaches students what the proper position is for a victim who is in recovery as well as what the symptoms are for cardiac arrest. As a part of this course we learnt how to use a defibrillator.


This hands on course was lots of fun. We learnt about mocktails within the hospitality industry. We also learnt about suitable garnishes, flavour profiles and we got to taste them.

Kirsty Allan  VCAL Coordinator