Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Career Development

At St John’s School we believe that career development and vocational education training pathways are an integral part of the learning curriculum.  Students are guided as they explore the many academic pathways through University, TAFE, SBATs (school-based apprenticeship, traineeship), work experience to employment.

Today, career development incorporates everything we do, it is an important step in preparing students through participation in education, work experience, sports, hobbies, voluntary work and paid employment, steps to successfully transition students from school to further education, training and employment.

With the support of the school and teaching staff, St John’s has a Careers Development Practitioner and Careers Support Officer who are available to assist students and parents navigate their way through. The Career Development team provide activities and programs throughout the year, using up to date information which enables students to make informed decisions about their future, through career guidance, counselling, subject selection and alternative pathways through Vocational Education Training (VET).

VET – Vocational Education and Training

VET can provide students the practical skills and knowledge they need to enter the workforce, undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship (including SBAT) or go onto tertiary study.

School-based apprenticeship and traineeship combines study, work and training to provide students with a head start on their career.

The Student must be

    • Enrolled at, and attending a registered school
    • Undertaking Year 10, 11 or 12 studies

VET qualifications include a Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma, with a Certificate III or higher contributing to a student’s ATAR when studied alongside four general subjects. VET allows students the option to leave school with both a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and a nationally recognised vocational qualification on finishing school.

VET can provide students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to

    • Provide work placement in the industry
    • Gain employment for the first time
    • Commence an apprenticeship or traineeship
    • Continue on to University courses

In 2020, 18.4% of our St John’s Year 10 cohort are studying a VET subject, 83.3% of Year 11s are studying a Certificate I – III whilst at school, and 55.6% of our Year 12 students are working towards a Certificate II or III.

SBAT – School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeships

How does School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Work?

    • Students must gain support and approval from their school to undertake a SBAT, this is done by completing a SBA Information and Expression of Interest form
    • Students will continue to attend school, however, some of their paid employment and training will become part of their school timetable
    • The school, student, parent or guardian, employer and training organisation will sit down and work out a schedule which outlines when the student is at school, work and training. The schedule must indicate how the SBAT will impact on the school timetable.  The school has a role in providing support to the student throughout the SBAT.
    • The student enters a training contract with the employer, the training contract legally binds the employer and the student for the duration of the SBAT.
    • Employers are required to providing the student with a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) – 600 hours (80 days) of paid employment over each 12 month period of the training contract. Over each 3 month period, the student must work an average of 7.5 hours per week as a minimum.
    • Student undertaking an apprenticeship in the Electrotechnology industry, the minimum work requirement is 600 hours (80) days over each 12 months period.
    • To complete a school-based training contact, a student must have completed 50 days of paid employment for each year of the equivalent full-time nominal term.
    • The student and the employer will select a register training organisation (RTO) who will provide all the training and assessment for the SBAT. The RTO will work with the school, employer, student and parents to develop a training plan which outlines the training needs, how and when the training will take place and who will provide the training and how training will be assessed.
    • The qualification or competencies completed during the SBAT are contributing to Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
    • Students may access a maximum of two (2) government funded SBATs. It is important that students and parents/guardians consider if the chosen SBAT is appropriate and relates to the student’s future chosen career as future funding will be limited.
    • A school-based traineeship will be completed whilst the student is still an enrolled school student and will graduate with this qualification.
    • A school-based apprenticeship is unlikely to be completed whilst the student is still an enrolled school student. In signing up to complete a school-based apprenticeship the parties have agreed that once the student completes school that the training contract is converted from part-time to full-time. This will be an automatic process which is completed by DESBT (Department of Employment, Small Business and Training), students who would like to continue part-time will have an opportunity to advise the department.
    • Once converted to full-time the student will be required to pay student contribution fees to the RTO.

School-based Traineeship (SBT)

 School-based traineeship are intended for students in Year 10,11 and 12, traineeships are completed while the student is enrolled at school, you will participate in a structured program with an employer for around 800 hours throughout the year. To commence a traineeship, students must be a least 15 years of age and currently enrolled at school.

Students will complete their traineeship part-time as well as their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). To achieve this, the student will work with a host employer for 5 – 7 hours per week, plus allocated time during the school holidays with an industry training wage that will see them achieve 50 hours of paid work with 12 months duration.

Under the User Choice program, school-based traineeship students are exempt and are offered at no cost to the student. On completion, the student has achieved a nationally recognised qualification, received a training wage and the skills and experience required to continue with employment.

School-based Apprenticeships (SBA)

School-based apprenticeship are intended for students in Year 10,11 and 12. Apprenticeships are completed while the student is enrolled at school, the student will participate in a structured program with an employer for around 375 hours (50 days), of paid employment over 48 month period of the training contract.

School-based apprenticeships duration is from 36 – 48 months, on completion of their apprenticeship they will have achieved 50 – 75 days paid employment, complete two years of industry training, achieve their Queensland Certificate Education with the industry skills and experience to continue into the work force on completion of Year 12.

St John’s is very supportive of the pathway programs available for senior students, recognising the advantages, flexibility and variety it offers. VET pathways allow students to get a head start in a career, a nationally recognised qualification, as well as the opportunity to learn and earn, and contribute to the community.

Work Experience

Work experience provides a formal arrangement whereby students participate in activities at a place of work. This is a short-term placement consisting of 30 days per calendar year with the program commencing for senior students from Years 10, 11 and 12. Students commit to catching up on all schoolwork missed due to their Work Experience placement. It is for this reason that we recommend that students choose to complete their Work Experience in the last week of the school term (post exams) or during their school holidays.

Work experience provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located, and is unpaid, students will observe different aspects of work within their chosen industry and may assist with tasks allocated by their supervisor, it provides students with the valuable opportunity to;

    • Assist a student to make informed career decisions
    • Gives the student exposure to the industry
    • Prepare students for the demands and expectations of employment

St John’s have a direct relationship with local businesses that support the work experience program. Before commencing a Work Experience placement, a formal arrangement is made between the school, student, parents and the business for students to participate in activities in a workplace. St John’s encourages students to complete five days of Work Experience per business, however, this can be negotiated upon application.

Insurance is provided through public liability insurance and is the responsibility of the Department of Education in all Queensland schools. Workers compensation is the responsibility of the individual schooling sector.

For information on Careers and the many opportunities and links to resources please click on the Careers@StJohns link on our website.