CathWest Innovation College



Are you looking for school done differently!

Secondary students in Western Sydney will soon have the opportunity to complete their studies at a school with a new approach to learning.





With locations in Emu Plains and Mount Druitt, CathWest Innovation College will meet the needs of today’s students who will live and work in an ever-changing world.

From 2020, Loyola and McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centres will become part of CathWest Innovation College. Building on the achievements of both Trade Training Centres as well as Loyola Senior High, CathWest will offer exciting new options for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

With innovative pathways for students alongside the current trades training pathway, CathWest Innovation College will have a strong focus on developing skills for success. Professional mentoring, exciting industry partnerships, work placements and recognised qualifications will support this learning. 





What’s on offer?

As a student at CathWest Innovation College, you can:



get your NSW HSC


achieve credentials through an industry leader in Vocational Education and Training (VET)


undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship


transfer from an internship into full-time work and study


set up or consolidate your own business or enterprise


use your personalised learning folio to broker entry into university and post-school educational pathways





Western Sydney Aboriginal Student of the Year Andrew Hogan is completing an apprenticeship as part of his studies

Andrew Hogan

Student and keen boxer, Andrew Hogan, recently won the Aboriginal Student of the Year prize at the Western Sydney NSW Training Awards. A strong ambassador for the approach to learning at CathWest Innovation College, Andrew is undertaking a Certificate III in Engineering while he completes his studies.

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Isabella Dicenso enjoys her work at Holy Family Preschool Emerton as part of her studies

Isabella Dicenso

Student Isabella Dicenso recently won the School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year prize at the Western Sydney NSW Training Awards. A strong ambassador for the approach to learning at CathWest Innovation College, Isabella is completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work towards a career as a primary school teacher.

Western Sydney School VET in Schools Award winner Chloe Sparks is attributes her win to determination

Chloe Sparks

Student Chloe Sparks recently won the Vocational Education and Training in Schools prize at the Western Sydney NSW Training Awards. A strong ambassador for the approach to learning at CathWest Innovation College, Chloe is studying a Certificate III in Tourism and plans to study a Bachelor of International Tourism at University.








94% of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta trade training pathway students transition into employment straight after school!




74% of students gain access to university without an ATAR. Credentials gained through CathWest Innovation College can assist with seeking entry into university!




Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is a leader in VET. In 2019, 12 Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta students were nominated for regional NSW Training Awards. We’re also a finalist in the 2019 NSW Small Training Provider of the Year Award!




Both campuses are within walking distance to train stations and bus stops.




Why CathWest Innovation College?


Frequently Asked Questions

Innovation means to find new and better ways to do something. CathWest Innovation College aims to provide students with a new and different way to learn. Our students will develop transferable, employment focused skills through ongoing engagement with businesses. Imagine working with business partners on major projects where your ideas create a better future and your learning is relevant and valued now!

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • work both independently and through teamwork
  • engage in tutorials, workshops and lectures conducted by teachers, industry experts and peers
  • meet regularly with mentors and map out next steps
  • develop skills including problem-solving and communication
  • undertake your apprenticeship or traineeship
  • meet with experts to gain industry advice and experience, progressing to internships and cadetships
  • engage with the community through active volunteering
  • create your own start-up
  • learn and work both on and offsite through a flexible timetable
  • make the most of design spaces, maker spaces, and tinkering spaces filled with technology, tools and equipment to fuel your imagination.

Students will work together in flexible learning spaces that replicate contemporary workplaces. Our staff will work alongside students - no more old fashioned classes!


Students will work in partnership to decide what they learn, how they learn and where they learn. Our college hours will be more flexible too!


Every student will have a learning mentor who will help them to meet deadlines and achieve goals.


Students will showcase their learning in various formats to a range of audiences.


Our learning model is based on the latest research and is different from what you or your child may have experienced at school.

High school is done differently at CathWest:

  • Flexible Learning Spaces, online and virtual classrooms

  • A selection of workshops, tutorials, lectures mapped out by the students to suit their passion project and/or employment

  • Work alongside teachers, peers, learning mentors, industry partners, other training partners such as TAFE and universities
  • Outcomes are achieved through projects that are either school designed, co-constructed with students or relate to the specific business or passion project of the student.

  • Students’ work responds to real world problems and makes a difference that matters to themselves and others.
  • Parents will have continual access to their child’s online learning folio and be able to see progress and teacher feedback in real-time. Parents will be able to provide feedback to their child on their progress and communicate to teachers/mentors online

  • Learn at the college, but also on the job, ‘in the field’, online

  • Learn about the topics/projects/problems that interest you.

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic, curious and courageous young adults who are willing to work towards solving real world problems. Our students will need to have a willingness to be leaders in changing the world one step at a time. We are enrolling students to commence in Year 10 and Year 11 from 2020.

What you will learn

CathWest Innovation College is school done differently. This means that students will be working to solve relevant and current problems that exist in our communities.

Each student will be supported throughout these exciting projects by learning mentors as well as their peers and industry experts. Learning mentors will help students throughout their studies and parents will be key partners.

Every student will work with learning mentors to develop a career pathway that is supported by their learning journey at CathWest. Students will also create a learning portfolio to showcase their achievements.

All New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) course requirements for Years 10 and 11 will be mapped according to these projects.


2020 Proposed Projects Outline


Term 1

School constructed project - Problem posed by Sydney Water

  • Sydney Water will present a current problem that students can help to solve
  • All Year 10 and 11 students will collaborate on this problem/project with their peers and teachers
  • Students will work with employees of Sydney Water and CSIRO to solve this problem
  • This project will address a significant portion of the mandatory NESA course requirements that students are enrolled in
  • Through this project, students will be building a range of skills which will allow them to commence working on their own projects and businesses from Term 3.



Term 2

Student/Teacher constructed project - Local Government

  • Using a researched problem that exists in their Local Government Area, students will work on solving the problem alongside a Council and/or industry partner
  • Students will seek out opportunities to make a real difference in an area of need in their local community in line with an area that interests them
  • Students will continue to develop and demonstrate skills and NESA course requirements will be embedded within this project
  • Students will be assessed on their ability to research the problem, work towards solving the problem for industry and present their findings to stakeholders, peers and teachers
  • There will be links with local and broader community agencies and industry stakeholders so that the learning undertaken is relevant and appropriate for students.



Terms 3 & 4

Student constructed project - Student passion project

  • Students will work individually and collaboratively to develop, plan and implement their own passion project while being supported by CathWest mentors and industry partners
  • Students will be able to use all their skills and knowledge from their work on previous projects to design and implement their own passion project
  • Students may commence engagement with external training organisations to build credentials that are relevant and appropriate to their career pathway
  • It is anticipated that students will have developed and demonstrated all the skills they need to autonomously work within the variety of learning spaces around the campus to complete their projects, products or research investigations


CathWest Innovation College is school done differently. The learning program for students in 2020 will see a series of projects undertaken with all New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) course requirements for Years 10 and 11 mapped according to these projects. An example of the subjects offered for Year 10 and 11 are detailed below.

Example of the learning program for Year 10 students Example of the learning program for Year 11 students

These subjects will be embedded within the projects that each student will undertake over the year:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society & its Environment (HSIE)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Religion

Core subjects that students will undertake:

  • English
  • Business Services (Cert II)
  • Religion (Catholic Studies/Active Volunteering)

Additional courses may include the following according to the student’s pathway:

  • Mathematics (Standard/Standard 1)
  • Business Services (Cert III)
  • Information & Digital Technology (SOA* Cert III)
  • Live Production and Services -Entertainment (Cert III)
  • Work Studies
  • Skills for Work
  • Industry-Based Learning
  • Retail (Cert III)
  • Tourism (Cert III)
  • Hospitality (Cert II)
  • Photography, Video and Digital Imaging
  • Visual Design
  • Computer Applications
Electives will be chosen in consultation with each student according to their individual learning needs, their passion project area/s and/or career ambitions.
Courses will be chosen in consultation with each student according to their individual learning needs, their passion project area/s and/or career ambitions.
*SOA = Statement of Attainment - Some units of competency will be completed out of the full qualification.
  • Foundation skills
  • Employability skills
  • WHS Skills
  • General capabilities
  • magination & creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Project Management skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership skills






There's more

CathWest Innovation College will have:



more flexible hours


a dress code, rather than a formal uniform


a family playgroup, hairdressing facility and student-run café open to the community


short courses and try-a-trade courses





How to Enrol

If you are interested to learn more, please complete this short ‘Expression of Interest’ form





Contact CathWest Innovation College to learn more

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Become a partner

Building on the strong partnerships we’ve established in VET, we’re looking for businesses, organisations and individuals to partner with CathWest Innovation College. Opportunities include work placement, mentoring and much more!

Please contact Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Partnerships Manager John Elliot to discuss how we can work together or learn more.

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A word from our
leaders of learning


Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

Executive Director
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

Greg Whitby

We’ll offer learning and teaching that reflects the way we live and work now. This will be a school where students can learn to think, solve real-world problems and be supported to follow their interests.

Cathy Larkin

Cathy Larkin

CathWest Innovation College

Cathy Larkin

CathWest Students will be motivated in their learning through real-world experiences. They’ll go on to change the world!