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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)

If you are thinking of undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship whilst studying at school you may consider enrolling in a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship:
  • attend work part-time (usually one day per week and maybe for some days during the school holidays) 

  • attend school part-time (but are still considered full-time students); or

  • complete the off-the-job-training component of their apprenticeship/traineeship during school time

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow students to train and do paid work in a chosen traineeship or apprenticeship while still at school completing the Senior Phase of Learning.  Specific training related to the School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) may occur at the worksite, at school, TAFE or a private training college.  A School-based apprenticeship and traineeship represents one of the student’s six subjects.

Students can successfully complete either a Certificate II or III while still enrolled at Ormeau Woods State High School.  These certificates are nationally endorsed training package qualification endorsed by the National Training Quality Council (NTQC).  Assessment is competency based.  Once competency in a unit is demonstrated students move onto the next unit.

School-based apprenticeships/traineeships 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 competitive.

For more information on School-based apprenticeships and traineeships or 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 Linda Whyte – Industry Liaison Officer