Vocational Education and Training (VET)

What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides students with nationally recognised qualifications that focus on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to complete qualifications at Certificate II and III level, either at school or outside of school (e.g. TAFE). VET also includes school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Benefits of VET

Participating in VET provides students with:

  • nationally recognised qualifications
  • credit points towards the attainment of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • hands-on work experience in the industry
  • work-ready knowledge and skills
  • support in their transition to employment, vocational and higher education pathways

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) combine school, training and paid employment to give students in Year 10, 11 and 12 an industry-recognised national qualification and points towards their QCE. Our students are able to complete SATs in a large variety of industry areas, including vet nursing, childcare, automotive, tourism and hospitality, engineering, beauty, hairdressing, retail, electrotechnology, building and construction, health and many more. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships can be a lead into full-time employment on completion of Year 12.

Currently, our senior timetabling accommodates students undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships on a Friday.

VET Qualifications

St Catherine’s Catholic College offers students the opportunity to study certificate courses as an external subject. Students may choose whatever qualification they wish to complete and the school provides flexibility and support. Students may choose to undertake courses as an extra study load or in place of an elective subject.

As the school continues to grow, incorporation of VET subjects into the curriculum is being developed. Like any elective subject, numbers will determine if the class is run or not.  Examples of courses which will be on the options list for 2019 include: Fitness, Health and Community Services, Hospitality, Business.

VET success stories

Jessie McAlpin

Jessie was very proactive in seeking work experience.  She has always been interested in a career involving animals.  After a very successful work experience stint at Orchid Valley Vet Surgery in Cannonvale she was offered a school-based traineeship.  She is currently studying a Certificate II in Animal Handling, which is the first step in becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. Jessie works at the clinic on Fridays and studies her course in place of an elective subject at school.

Oliver Jones

Ollie was always a very practical learner and was interested in pursuing a mechanical trade.  Ollie also was very proactive in seeking work experience and spent many a school holidays undertaking several placements.  He was offered a school-based apprenticeship at Fraser Ford in Proserpine as they were very impressed with his attitude and work ethic.  Ollie finished Year 12 in 2017 and is now a full-time apprentice.

Brooke Draper

Brooke is a success story for both herself and St Catherine’s as an employer.  Brooke completed a Certificate III in Education Support in less than 12 months.  She was employed by St Catherine’s at Mercy Campus as a school-based trainee. She spent many of her own hours volunteering her time to complete the required placement hours and studying to complete the bookwork before she completed Year 12.  She received St Catherine’s Trainee of the Year Award in 2017. She is now employed by St Catherine’s Catholic Kindergarten.

Please contact Melissa Pepper if you have any questions relating to the VET or Careers at the College. mpepper@prspne.catholic.edu.au

Mercy Campus

69 Marathon Street
Proserpine QLD 4800
P:  (07) 4945 1176  F: (07) 4945 2075

Loyola Campus

96 Renwick Road
Proserpine QLD 4800
P: (07) 4945 1414  F: (07) 4945 1415

Manresa Campus

114 Renwick Road
Proserpine QLD 4800
P: (07) 4945 1630  F: (07) 4945 1415