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Vocational Education & Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs provide an education that directly relates to getting a job. VET allows school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to achieve nationally recognised qualifications and may count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. It can be an alternate pathway for students to enter tertiary education, TAFE or the workplace. VET is suitable for all students but, particularly, appeals to those who enjoy learning in a practical and hands-on environment that has a clear purpose.

Catholic secondary colleges in the Diocese of Rockhampton offer a variety of VET options for students:

  • As part of their school studies, delivered and resourced by a school registered training organisation (RTO)
  • By enrolling in a qualification with an external RTO, such as Blue Dog or Binnacle
  • As a school-based apprentice or trainee (SAT), where students are employed and enrolled in a qualification while in secondary school.

Students are able to develop industry specific skills and employability capabilities and gain entry-level trade qualifications whilst still at school.

It is important to note that work placement is a mandatory component of some VET qualifications. This enables students to apply their classroom learning and further develop their skills in a workplace context. From 2020, Certificate III and above qualifications may contribute towards the calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Our Catholic colleges have contemporary facilities that replicate industry standards. In addition, our VET teachers hold industry qualifications and current industry experience in the vocational training area that they teach. 


No two people are the same, nor will they travel the same path. We all have different learning styles, interests and talents. With skills-based career development, young Australians can pursue an individual passion while gaining the knowledge and experience to build a rewarding career.
(Wyman, CEO Skilling Australia Foundation 2018)