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Vocational Education

It’s never too early to start thinking about your post school options.  You can attend Career and Tertiary Expos, University and College open days throughout the year to find out more information.  Most students start by doing personal research on the internet, experiencing a work placement & making an appointment with our Guidance Officer Mr Alan Fraser.

Career Planning

The State and Federal Government have a range of useful websites that can assist students in their career planning.  These sites offer career quizzes, information on specific jobs (including how much you can expect to be paid), tips in preparing resumes and how to handle those tough interviews for a job.

In Year 10 students undertake their Senior Education Training Plan (SETP) – OneSchool  

Tertiary Entrance


The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) in Queensland acts as a clearing house for applications for courses at Universities, Technical College of Advanced and Further Education (TAFE) and some private colleges.  Interstate applications go through the appropriate state admission centres.  Each application is unique and it is therefore advisable to see a Guidance Officer before applying for tertiary courses.

Please note that some private providers have a different application process and students need to contact the individual colleges for further advice. 

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)

School-based apprentices and trainees (SATs), typically for students in years 10, 11 and 12 are trained in the workplace and with a supervising registered training organisation (SRTO), in their chosen apprenticeship or traineeship while continuing to study towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
SATs are not automatic for all who want them - it is a competitive market and students will need to ensure that their school performance positions them to be selected.
Advantages of SATs
  • SATs allow flexibility and variety for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways. 1 day per week only off campus
  • Young people employed as SATs develop workplace skills, knowledge,  confidence and a competitive edge when applying for jobs 

  • SATs are paid for time spent working with their employer in adapting to a work environment

  • SATs must participate in vocational training to complete all theory components to complete their Certificate II or III

  • Receive a qualification that is recognised nationally and recorded as part of the QCE

  • SATs are funded under the User Choice program and are exempt from paying student contributions fees to the SRTO whilst they are at school

  • A student's work and/or training must impact on their school timetable for the arrangement to be considered as SATS

  • Complete a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) per 12 month period

  • Electrotechnology students must complete 600 hours (80 days) per 12 month period

  • Entry into Electrotechnology apprenticeships is limited to students in Years 11 and 12 only

  • Working during school holidays is mandatory for all SATs

Some students complete traineeships whilst they are at school, while others go onto finish their apprenticeship or traineeship either full-time or part-time after they have left school.  SATs must not complete in less than 12 months unless they have completed the minimum paid work requirement.

For more information on School-based apprenticeships and traineeships visit: or for work experience placement please contact Ms Linda Whyte our Industry Liaison Officer. 


School Contacts


Mrs Tricia Smits - Head of Department

Mr Alan Fraser - Guidance Officer

Ms Kylie Dann - Guidance Officer

Ms Linda Whyte - Industry Liaison Officer