Graduation of a different kind

The overall purpose of the VCAL pathway is to supply entry level employees for Industry.
Marcus Lobosco is the latest Penola student to Graduate to the ranks of employment,
Marcus commenced in our VCAL program this year. Marcus combined his VCAL studies with Certificate II in Building and Construction, and commenced a workplacement in February. Over the year Marcus has demonstrated a positive attitude, willingness to learn and impressed his employer with his work ethic.
Marcus will commence his Carpentry apprenticeship immediately, although a touch reluctant to exit Penola he is looking forward to the next phase. Marcus joins Senior VCAL pair Christian Geraci (Plumbing) and Ricky Gorgis (Carpentry) in those who have gained employment this year.
We congratulate all boys!

Embracing the pathway of discovery

Zachary Milanese commenced his journey in the Vocational program in 2017. The period has been one of true self discovery, Zachary has utilised the program the way it was intended to be used. Zach has held placements in Automotive (which remains a great passion), carpentry and plumbing.
Zachary decided to become a plumber after deliberating and has worked as a School based apprentice in the plumbing industry. Zach’s performance has seen him offered a position at the conclusion of his Senior VCAL.
Zachary studies Certificate III in Plumbing at RMIT as part of his apprenticeship.

A three pronged experience with an extension

Anthony Kottaridis wants to be an electrician, so much so he even managed to source a placement on the job in Year 10 which was impressive. Anthony’s enthusiasm was not lost on the employer, however due to unforeseen circumstances the employer could not host him this year.
As a result Anthony who had also previously completed a brief placement at Middendorp electrical parts opted to attend a much bigger electrical wholesaler. Anthony travelled to Knox to work with Rexel, with a desire to learn more about electrical parts, fittings and other product. This resulted in him furthering his knowledge in this area, however his ambition to be back on the tools has seen that happen.
Anthony has recommenced life on the tools and his new employer is impressed. Anthony demonstrates initiative and just gets it, Anthony will continue to ply his craft over the next year with the goal of gaining a full time apprenticeship.
Anthony studies the Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-Apprenticeship)


Arnel Davis VCAL Liaison