St Joseph's School, Stanthorpe | Living Mercy since 1875

Vocational education

The Queensland Government’s Education and Training Reforms for the Future – a White Paper acknowledges the importance of education to prepare young people for the world today and in the future. This means educating and skilling people so they can compete for and create jobs, in emerging industries and also revitalise traditional industries.

Through these reforms:

  • more students will exit with recognised VET qualifications
  • qualifications obtained through VET in Schools programs will receive better recognition from industry
  • QSA will have sustainable processes in syllabus development, support and advice to schools to ensure qualifications are current, and pathways through VET to further education and employment will be stronger than at present there will be increased recognition of VET for tertiary entrance more VET study options will be available to students.

St Joseph’s School actively promotes vocational education by offering the following:

VET Senior Subjects

Senior students have the opportunity to undertake a number of VET Competency Based subjects in year 11 and 12.  These subjects offer both in school and work based components to ensure students reach completion of the desired qualification.  Students exiting the subject at the end of year 12 should expect to have obtained a Nationally Recognised Qualification at Cert II level.

Work Experience

Students need to be prepared beyond traditional vocational knowledge and skills. Experience in the workplace provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge within the context and environment of the workplace and to understand the attributes sought by employers Work Experience is a valuable part of education. There are benefits for all involved in the program:

  • STUDENTS realise what is expected of them when they leave school and are better equipped to make career choices. They often see greater motivation to do school work and sometimes obtain permanent or part-time work as a direct result of their Work Experience placements.
  • PARENTS know that their sons and daughters have some experience on which to base their career choices.
  • PROVIDERS have an opportunity to influence the attitudes of future employees.
  • TEACHERS often see a marked change in students’ attitudes as students realise the importance of their school results.

Work Experience also allows students to test their confidence as people – as contributing members of the community and to have a taste of “real life”. Year 10 Work Experience usually occurs in Week 1 of Term 3.

Students in year 11 or 12 who wish to undertake Work Experience either in holiday time or, occasionally, during term time) will be supported in the organisation and facilitation of Work Experience

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

SAT’s – School Based Apprenticeships and traineeships combine on-the-job training and work experience while in paid employment with formal off-the-job training. St Joseph’s School has a strong commitment to assisting students who take on a School-based Traineeship or Apprenticeship while completing their Senior Studies. Students are monitored as to their progression of school subjects as well as their SAT’s. Students are given specific time within the school week to complete their additional activities (Book work) associated with their SAT or with extra help with school work.

Additional Vocational programs:

Programs such as the Young Winemakers Program and the Trade Ability programme are two vocational tasters offered by St Josephs to students from year 10 to year 12. These courses provide students with hands on experiences in a real work environment and can attract credit towards a student’s QCE.

School Based Flight Training Program

For more information see the School Based Flight Training Program document.