Vocational education


​Students can complete:

  • school-based apprenticeship or traineeships (SAT)
  • external certificate course
  • work experience.

These are available to all Year 11 and 12 students, and Year 10 students in certain cases.​

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

Students can enrol in a Certificate III study program as a trainee or apprentice in an area of interest to them. This involves attending 1 day of paid work per week and completing the appropriate training, usually Certificate III level, in most areas of employment.

Students can commence their career path by combining school, paid work and on-the-job training. A SBA or SBT is negotiated between the student, parent/carer, employer, supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) and school to ensure it provides a genuine school-based learning opportunity and forms an appropriate component of an overall school program. On completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship, students are eligible to receive a nationally recognised qualification. Any competencies that are completed prior to leaving at the end of Year 12 can contribute to the Queensland Certificate of Education.

The student's timetable may be adjusted to help them complete their study obligations. Most training takes between 1–2 years to complete. School based apprentices and trainees can also do paid work for 8 hours during school time.

More information:

Structured work placement / work experience

Structured Work Placement is unpaid work that provides students with the opportunity to experience the workplace in an area that they feel they may be interested in pursuing in the future. The experience allows students to explore career paths, gain knowledge, skills and values relevant to the workplace, increase their confidence and make contacts that could lead to future jobs. Students may go out on Structured Work Placement one day per week or for a week at a time. These programs are managed by the Pathways team and all enquiries should be directed to the office.

External certificate courses

Senior students may enrol in Certificate III, or IV level programs at various Institutes of TAFE or other providers. There are 1 and 2 year courses which start at the beginning of Year 11—with some 1 year courses available in Year 12. The student's timetable may be adjusted to help them complete their study obligations.

Students who are interested in certificate training need to:

  • commit to completing the program
  • pay all course costs directly to the training organisation
  • arrange their own transport to and from the external training organisation.

More information:

Internal certificate courses

 More information coming soon.

Work experience

Work experience is available for students in Years 10–12 as a one-week block at the end of each semester, after all assessment has been completed. It allows students to:

  • obtain regular paid casual work for a maximum of 12 hours a week after school hours

  • explore their career options:

    • helps Year 10 students decide on senior school subjects

    • provides Year 11 and 12 students’ time to consider their career options before applying to university.

Students submit an expression of interest form to the Vocational Education Department. They will finalise the placement contract and organise the necessary Education Queensland insurance documentation. Students must be covered by insurance or they will not be allowed to attend the workplace.

Information about work experience opportunities are emailed to students and through school assemblies—generally around Week 4 of Terms 2 and 4. It is an advantage if parents and students are able to provide possible work placements.

Contact the Pathways Team for more information​​.

Last reviewed 13 September 2021
Last updated 13 September 2021