CathWest Innovation College





CathWest Innovation College

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?

  • pursue your interests
  • enhance your skills
  • discover your passion
  • drive your own learning
  • set your own pace
  • take on real world learning projects
  • tackle real world problems
  • explore your entrepreneurial spirit
  • be supported, nurtured and mentored
  • connect with business and industry partners
  • reach out and make a difference.

How does it work?

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.





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





Information nights

Join us to hear more about how learning will work at our special information nights on Tuesday 20 August and 4 September at CathWest Innovation College, Loyola Campus, 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt.

There will be presentations at 6pm and 7:30pm. You can also drop in between 4pm and 8pm to meet staff and have your questions answered!






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!