Specialist Programs


DFES is a dynamic and challenging youth development program. It assists them to develop practical life skills, leadership, team work and initiative.

Cadets learn about the diverse nature of Western Australia’s emergency services and develop qualities of community responsibility and service.

The Benefits:

  • Develop new skills and knowledge
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun
  • Accredited training
  • Apply existing skills and knowledge to different situations
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improve interpersonal, communication and team work skills
  • Support your community.

Students are taught knot tying, first aid and fire management (where they can gain a certificate). Camps are conducted for both year groups and are a great success.

Camps are designed to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate skills associated with independent living, leisure, recreation and communication, while developing and strengthening positive relationships with peers through participation in team and confidence building activities.

All cadet units have a unit coordinator and instructors to provide leadership.


Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of material properties – wood, metal and plastics, whilst undertaking a variety of projects in our fully equipped workshop. Through this they gain positive experiences in the safe handling and use of electrical machinery and hand tools.

Our dedicated workshop staff promote and encourage participation for students of all abilities.

CPC20211 – Certificate 11 in Construction Pathways (Education Support Partial Completion)

This course has an emphasis on Occupational Health and Safety and the practical aspects of construction. Students learn basic bricklaying, rendering, tiling, brick paving and general construction skills.

Skills learnt such as using hand tools, working in a team, work place communication and cleaning up after making a mess are all transferable to a vast number of future employment possibilities.

This course is offered under a third party arrangement with South Metropolitan TAFE (RTO Code 52787). South Metropolitan TAFE is responsible for the quality assurance of the training and assessment and the issue of certificates on successful completion.

Creative Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a program that looks at the needs of the community. Once the needs are identified the students develop and create handmade items which are donated to their selected non-profit community organisations.

Examples of these products: Joey pouches, bird stands and perches (Mandurah Just Joeys and Marsupial Care Wildlife Centre) and Personal chemo and homeless duffle bags (HALO)

SIR10116 – Certificate 1 in Retail Services

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a variety of industry sectors and business contexts. Individuals with this qualification are able to perform roles such as frontline team member.

Students in this class learn first-hand how to work in a service environment via a weekly sausage sizzle within the campus learning essential skills associated within the retail industry. Skills learnt in this course can also be applied at their workplace learning centre.

Various excursions to retail outlets throughout the year enable students to associate their units of study within the course to everyday tasks in customer service roles.

52824WA – Certificate 11 Painting and Decorating

This course has an emphasis on the practical aspects of painting and decorating including learning to prepare surfaces and a variety of painting techniques. Students will work on practical painting and decorating projects to solidify their skills.

Students will also look at communication methods and develop knowledge of the occupational health and safety requirements. Painting and Decorating is a finishing trade with applications in new buildings and restorations.

SIT20316 – Certificate 11 Hospitality

This course provides training for people interested in pursuing a career associated with the Hospitality industry. This course will be of interest to students who wish to gain skills and knowledge about working in coffee shops and cafes.

ACM20117 – Certificate 11 Animal Studies

This course aims to provide an introduction for the care and maintenance of animals. You will learn about the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors.

Work Place Learning

As part of their program the majority of students are required to do 1 day per week of Workplace Learning (WPL) for 10 weeks during Terms 2 and 3. Their work right log book is a necessary component of their course and will be checked weekly by the WPL team and the students’ teachers.

We will be checking the logging of hours as well as the information about their tasks completed during the day. Doing work place learning is an opportunity for the year 11 and 12 students to put into practice the skills learnt during their VET courses and the 9 Employability skills.

The information obtained through their log book also assists in the preparation of a resume. Our school is very privileged to have the support of many local Mandurah and surrounding areas businesses who kindly give our students a chance to gain experience – all of which will put them in good stead for post school transition/employment.


John Tonkin College Education Support Centre is very fortunate to have a full time Transition Officer to help students transition into post school life. The key objectives of the Transition Officer are:

  • Facilitate information sessions with outside agencies
  • Connect parents/carers and students with Centrelink and external agencies
  • Network with various therapy organisations relevant to individual students
  • Create information packs of community sporting and leisure activities in line with the students’ interests and future goals which support and encourage community engagement and relationship building enhancing students independence in social settings.
  • Providing future enrolling year 11 students to JTCESC information on supports and events within the community. Establish relationships with parents/carers and help to support the development of post school options.
  • Be a part of working group to support the running of the City of Mandurah community event.
  • Organising with feeder schools to participate in designed programs with JTCESC i.e. Meadow Springs Primary School ESC, Riverside Primary School ESC and Halls Head College ESC students come over to JTCESC for 6 week blocks to give the students a taste of what it would be like to come to JTCESC. They gain experience in Cooking and Workshop activities. These partnerships have shown positive results for the transitioning of students for future years.