Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to welcome you to Harvester Technical College.  We are a highly specialised senior secondary college, delivering fully integrated courses that are relevant, focused and effective in providing technology, and vocational education and training (VET) courses for young people in Years 10, 11 & 12.

Today’s Harvester is a highly engaging, supportive and positive learning institution that provides young people the opportunity to gain and develop the knowledge and skills that will help them to achieve success in the world of work and adulthood.

The Harvester community is a diverse one that supports a culture that is aspirational, inclusive and collaborative.  The College is proudly serving students from all over the North and North West of Melbourne who want a secondary education that gears their learning to vocational pathways, particularly those in the trade areas of Building & Construction, Electotechnology, Engineering and Plumbing.

The College operates a World Class facility for integrated Senior Secondary Education and pre-apprenticeship Trade Training. Where possible, all courses integrate the Learning Outcomes for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with the students’ chosen Certificate II pre-apprenticeship trade course.  The centralised delivery of our programs allows students to complete their Certificate II course in one year rather than two.  And our compulsory Structured Workplace Learning program means students gain ‘hands on’ experience in a real world and highly relevant setting.

Our popular Tech Ten (Year 10) program includes technology courses in the areas of wood, metal, plastics and electronics which equips students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make an informed choice when selecting their pre-apprenticeship course for Year 11.

The combination of the high quality programs, with the strong student health and wellbeing and career counselling support provided by the Harvester team, sets our students in good stead when transitioning into the world of work, both as highly skilled and well-rounded individuals.

Our students’ high success rate in achieving offers for apprenticeships continues to rise each year.  We pride ourselves on our destination data which shows our graduates are experiencing high success in their chosen pathways with retention rates well above both state and federal averages.  The strong relationships built with our graduates and their families sees many returning to inform us of their continued success – a true testament to both them and the College.

If you are ready for an industry relevant, trade based pathway whilst completing your secondary education, we invite you to explore our offerings.  Our comprehensive information evenings held throughout the year are a great place to start.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Trudy Whiteside
Principal