Vocational Education Co-ordinators: Mrs Angela Masters

At St Joseph’s College we understand that today’s dynamic labour market demands that workers be more highly skilled than ever. Qualifications often determine an individual’s chances of obtaining a job and their earning potential.

VET - Vocational education and training @ Joeys focuses on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries. Students that undertake VET in school can successfully transition into employment, vocational and higher education pathways. All VET certificates include employability skills.

VET is a vital element in the Queensland Education and Training system and students gain credit points towards their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) from their VET certificates.

VET Student Information Handbook (2018)

Compliants and Appeals Policy


VET Certificates 

Certificate II in Business / Certificate III in Business
Certificate I and II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Certifacte II in Kitchen Operations
Certificate II in Engineering (Pathways)
Certificate I in Construction

Students can also undertake VET certificates through other registered training providers.
TAFE Queensland has a number of courses available for School students to undertake whilst completing senior, from Certificate II up to Diploma level.

TAFE at School 2019 Handbook


Structured Workplace Learning

One of the major differences about this program to work experience is that the students are gaining competencies at school in a VET Certificate and undertaking work placement in a similar field.

This means that students are developing skills in an area of interest at school and in the workforce. Students can change their placement each semester (sampling four different placements over two years). Teachers may use students Employer Feedback forms as evidence towards Competency in their Certificate studies.

Benefits to students:

  • Test your career choices before leaving school
  • Gain confidence and improved communication skills
  • The experience may lead to casual, part time, school based or even full time work
  • Development of skills in a classroom and workplace environment
  • Confirm goals to study or gain employment in a particular area.

Students undertake 10 days per year in SWL

SBAs- School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships


SBAs are primarily designed for students in Years 11 and 12 to get a head start on their career or education training.

SBAs allow students to complete their senior schooling, whilst starting paid work in their chosen industry and training towards a Certificate II or III qualification. SBA students attend a combination of school, off-the-job training and paid employment – usually one day per week.

You can participate in an SBA and still obtain an OP.

You are required to attend work for a minimum of 50 days (1 day = 7.6 hours) paid employment during each 12 month period. Electrical apprentices are required to attend paid employment for a minimum of 80days.

A student undertaking a SBA needs to use good time management and communication skills to balance all three components – School, Work & Training.

Collect an SBA information pack from the VET room.

For more information on VET, SWL, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and TAFE in School Programs please make an appointment with the Vocational Education Coordinators.

VET. It’s Right Now. Industry Perspectives

"The world of work is changing faster than ever. It’s not that we haven’t had change before, it’s just that the pace has really ramped up. As we go through the rapid change that’s happening at the moment, we’re going to need to keep reskilling and upskilling throughout our lives and VET is the main way of doing that. That’s what VET is all about." - Sara Caplan, CEO, PwC Skills for Australia.

Contributors (in order of appearance):

  • Sara Caplan, CEO, PwC Skills for Australia
  • Mick Anstey, General Manager of People, Health Safety and Environment, Roy Hill
  • Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Lori Tyrrell, Head of People and Culture, Health Engine
  • David Fyfe, Executive Manager, Western Power

VET. It’s Right Now.

The world of work is complex and changing. We need to equip our students with skills for tomorrow and provide the training they need to succeed today.