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Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to education and training that focuses on delivering skills and knowledge required for specific industries.
It is a learning option for young people in the senior phase of learning.

Thuringowa State High Schools offers our senior students a wide variety of nationally recognised Certificate II and III level qualifications through our VET Program, in partnership with other service providers. 


Vocational courses on offer at Thuringowa State High School are:

Certificate II in Foundation Skills for Work
Certificate II in Business
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care
Certificate II in Electrotechnology
Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
Certificate III in Fitness
Certificate II in Information Digital Media & Technology
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
Course information is available in our
2018 Senior Subject Handbook

Certificate and Issuing of Certificates and Statements of Attainment; Re-issuing of Statement of Attainment and Certificates


TAFE VET in Schools Program


This year a number of our students continue their training in nationally recognised qualifications in the VET in Schools Program delivered at Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE at Pimlico or Bohle campus. 

These include Certificate II in Electrotechnology, Certificate I in Construction, etc  Completed VET certificates will attract the following credit towards their QCE:

  VET Certificate I: 2 points

  VET Certificate II: 4 points
  VET Certificate III or IV: 8 points

The VET in Schools Program can lead students into traineeships, apprenticeships and enhance student’s employment opportunities. The options are flexible and meant to increase student skills, and opportunities to gain a rewarding career path.


For further information please visit the following web site


Building Industry Transition Program


In 2017 the Housing Industry Association (HIA) will be working with high schools to offer work experience in construction for eligible Year 11  indigenous, female or financially disadvantaged students.


The work experience program will run for a period of five (5) weeks.  In order to gain real-life experience in the building industry students will be placed with an experienced employer one (1) day per week over the five week period. 


The goal of the program is to transition successful students into school based apprenticeship in their preferred field.


The completed application form is to be given to the Head of Department Senior School.

Work Experience     


Aims of Work Experience Placements


Work Experience placements assist students in their transition from school to work and aim to:

  •  provide students with an opportunity to relate school studies with workplace contexts
  • prepare students for the demands and expectations of the working world
  •  help students make informed career decisions by assessing their aptitudes and interests, and exploring potential careers
  •  acquaint students with non-gender stereotyped occupations
  •  give students insights into the nature of diversity of employees in the workplace
  •  improve students’ maturity, confidence and self reliance
  •  provide a link between school and local community 
  •  provide opportunities for students to become more informed about the current labour market issues
  •  provide opportunities for students to learn about family care, household management and other unpaid work options in community activities
  •  provide students with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning both paid and unpaid work
  •  provide an opportunity to extend the theoretical learnings of the classroom into practical applications in the workplace
  •  provide schools with an initiative to forge stronger links between education and industry.
Finding an employer for work experience
Thuringowa State High School over the years has developed a strong relationship with employers providing work experience for our students. 
Students are encouraged to apply for work experience positions that are of interest to them, and take into consideration the location of their employer (will transport be a problem), the special requirements (safety boots, etc) and the hours of work the employer requires. 
Students are welcome to find their own employer if they have a career placement in mind, or they can peruse our list of employers and positions.  This is available to students on the school network.  Work experience positions are allocated on a first in basis. 
The Defence Department provides placements throughout the year for students considering joining the Defence Department on completion of their schooling.
Students apply online at the Defence Department Work Experience website.  Should they require assistance they can call and see Mrs Bergman in GS2.  Defence Department 1 day visits are advertised in student notices when they become available.
McDonalds require an online application and a personal interview prior to being accepted for the work experience positions.  The Body Shop, Coles stores and most hairdressers ask for a personal interview by students. 
All student are to contact their employer once they have been accepted for work experience.  This is to introduce themselves, and it is an opportunity for students to ask their employer any questions or concerns they have about attending work experience.
Construction Induction Card (White Card)
This training is required by law, for workers, including work experience students, who are working in any type of construction work or on a construction site.
This course is offered locally by HIA – Housing Industry Australia in Kirwan.  Students intending on doing this course must register online and make payment to HIA for the course. It is recommended that you register your child to complete the course as soon as possible.
Students who have completed this course need to provide evidence of successful completion before work experience will be organised in any construction type workplace.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is about the skills and knowledge gained through work and life experiences.
Many of our students have part time employment, and this can be used as part of a Recognition of Prior Learning application, towards the course requirement for such evidence. 
Leanne Knight-Smith
Head of Senior School, VET