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Vocational education

Students may choose other subjects to those offered at Albany Creek State High School. These alternate programs may include courses offered by TAFE organisations, courses from private providers, pre vocational course at BIGA or other options that students can investigate with the support of the HOD Senior Schooling and the Guidance Counsellor.


VET in schools is about gaining practical work-related skills to equip you for the world of work while you are at school.

Most Queensland secondary schools offer vet certificates within the Australian qualifications framework, Australia’s system of nationally accredited vocational education and training. Schools generally offer VET at Certificate I and II levels, and some schools also offer Certificate III qualifications.

VET in Years 11-12

Schools can offer VET through:

  • authority subjects with embedded VET, and some authority-registered subjects
  • stand-alone AQF qualifications
  • students may also access other qualifications through TAFE and private VET providers.

What are school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs)?

Doing a SAT can be a great start to a young person’s career. SATs allow students to work with an employer as a paid employee whilst studying for their QCE and working towards a nationally recognised vocational qualification. Students benefit from hands-on experience and on average work one day per week. They are paid for the time spent at work. SATs can be undertaken in a wide variety of occupations e.g. Hairdressing, fitness, aged care, automotive, hospitality, carpentry, tourism, business, cabinet making, information technology, child care etc.

A full range of students are selecting this option as part of their senior years. Students who are op eligible and planning for tertiary study, students who will be looking for employment on completion of Year 12 and students who would have left school without completing Year 12 are all finding SATs have benefits for them.

SATs can be sourced in a number of ways, often it is through word-of-mouth, part time employment and work experience.

We would also like to invite any parents who are able to offer any opportunities through their own business or place of employment to contact HOD Senior Schooling on (3325 6333). We are more than happy to supply further information or to meet with you to discuss what is involved.