Rainbow P-12 offers a wide range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities to Year 10 and above in skill based subjects such as : Agriculture, Automotive, Beauty & Hairdressing, Building & Construction, Community Services, Dance, Drama, Electrotechnology, Health, Hospitality, Music, Plumbing & Visual Arts.
These and other courses (depending on demand) are provided in pathways with the Wimmera Trade Training Centre, Federation Univeristy, Centre for Participation, Skillinvest and Horsham College. Students undertake courses, not subjects and are taught by industry trainers not teachers. Nobody follows up on homework and competencies are strictly adhered to. VET is a practical, but not easy option for many students that can lead onto employment, school based apprenticeships or full apprenticeships.
Students spend one day a week (usually a Wednesday, travelling to Horsham) at these sites gaining competencies in predominantly Certificate II subjects. VET has had all the travel costs funded for the first time in 2022.
There is also a “Try-a-VET” day in third term for Year 9 students to investigate whether they want to enroll in VET in Year 10.