Vocational Education Pathways

Redlands College has a successful and extensive Vocational Education and Training (VET) program which commenced in 1997. 

The aim of Vocational Education Pathways at Redlands College is to provide a purposeful and meaningful vocational experience which is customised for each individual student. A VET pathway provides students with a range of career and learning opportunities and is an excellent pathway into the world of work, further training or university entry. 

As part of this VET pathway, we offer a number of opportunities: 

  • Work Experience Blocks
  • TAFE at School Courses
  • School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)
  • Try-A-Trade Experiences
  • Industry Experiences
  • Barista Training
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Training
  • First Aid/CPR Training
  • White Card – Construction Induction Training
  • Career Excursions
  • Interview Preparation
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Career Profiling 

Barista Training, Team Building, Certificate III in Business and Try-A-Trade are just some of the opportunities available!

Redlands College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 30566) and we deliver a number of Certificates at the College. These Certificates are selected based on current research into industry trends regarding the workforce of the future. 

Certificates offered at the College 2019:

  • BSB20115 – Certificate II in Business
  • BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business
  • FSK20113 – Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • ICT20115 – Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

For further information and competencies regarding these Certificates please see page 85 of the Pathways Information Booklet (Year 10 to Years 11 and 12).

2020 Yr 11 and 12 Pathways Information Booklet

Work Experience Blocks (Years 10, 11 and 12)

VET students participate in a Workplace Induction Workshop in Year 10 before starting their first work experience placement. They are given the opportunity to complete a Senior First Aid and CPR Certificate as well as a Construction Industry White Card course, if required. These qualifications are well received by employers and enhance each student’s opportunity to find work experience. 

During the Induction, students participate in workshops:
  • What can I expect in the workplace?
  • The value of work experience & business etiquette
  • Job reflection booklet and timesheets
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • How to secure that school-based apprenticeship/traineeship 

Work experience opportunities

TAFE at School 

VET students are able to participate in the TAFE at School program and complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while still at school. They can choose from a variety of Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications from a range of study areas ranging from hospitality to horticulture, engineering to crime and justice. TAFE courses are offered most days of the week (Mon-Fri). 

S Bucci Graduation
VET student Sophia, completed a Certificate II in Tourism and Certificate III in Events in Years 11 and 12, through the TAFE at School program. 

Tylah Gray Graduation2

VET student Tylah, completed a Certificate IV in Crime and Justice while in Senior School through the TAFE at School program. 

Benefits of TAFE at School  

Fits around high school studies: TAFE at School courses work in with students existing high school studies. They can also count towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). TAFE at School allows students to join the workforce sooner by giving them a nationally recognised qualification while still at school. Students build practical skills and graduate job ready, giving them a head start in the job market.  

Direct entry to a TAFE Queensland course: Completing a TAFE at School qualification gives students direct entry into any related TAFE Queensland course. Plus, if they continue on to a diploma qualification they can take advantage of TAFE’s articulation arrangements with some of Australia’s top universities. If students decide to continue their studies at university they receive credit for study at TAFE Queensland, taking time off their degree. 

Pathways to a trade qualification: Students considering a trade qualification can get a head start with their training while still at school. TAFE at School offers a variety of pre-apprenticeship qualifications in Plumbing, Electrical, Automotive, Hairdressing, Construction, Furniture Making, Engineering, Cheffing.  

Click here to see current TAFE at School offerings. 

Brooke and Holly both successfully gained school-based traineeships with Redlands Hospital working in the surgical, renal and medical wards. The girls are well on their way in their chosen career pathway of Nursing.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs) 

SATs allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school. They combine paid work, training and school; as well as an industry recognised qualification and points towards the QCE. SATs help young people go places, whether that is a full-time job, a trade career, university, TAFE or other training.  

There are two main differences between a school-based apprentice and a school-based trainee.  

A school-based apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. For example: 

Cabinet MakingMarine Craft ConstructionElectricalPastry Chef

At the end of Year 12, SATs roll over into full-time apprenticeships.  

School-based trainees are trained in a vocational area, such as:

Early ChildhoodSports and FitnessHorticultureDental Assistant
Education SupportAllied Health AssistantHospitalityTravel Agent 

Traineeships are usually completed by the end of Year 12. A highly successful work experience placement can often lead to an offer of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  

Benefits of SATs  

More flexibility and variety in learning: The variety provided by SATs can have enormous benefits for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways.

Head start in a career: Young people employed in SATs develop workplace skills, knowledge and confidence and have a competitive edge when applying for jobs. A SAT can lead directly to full-time employment once a student has left school. They give students realistic exposure to the workplace.  

Nationally recognised qualification: All SATs participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher vocational qualification which can count towards the student’s QCE.  

An opportunity to learn and earn: Students are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence, and adapt to a work environment. It gives the student the opportunity to put skills learnt into practice in a real work environment.

Click here for more information about SATs. 


Mc Manus A SATAfter a very successful work experience placement with K9 Chic Pet Grooming in Raby Bay, Alysa has been signed up into a school-based traineeship with them.  This traineeship will complement the TAFE Certificates Alysa is currently undertaking in Rural Operations and Animal Studies. 
R Schmidt Cruise CraftedAfter a successful work experience placement in Year 10, Ryan started a school-based apprenticeship in Year 11 in Marine Craft Construction with Cruise Craft Boats at Tingalpa. Ryan is also studying engineering at TAFE while completing his senior studies.
Butcher L SAT SunnydaleLuke started his Production Nursery Traineeship with Sunnydale Green Solutions in Year 11 after a successful work experience placement with them.  When Luke finishes Year 12 he will leave with a Certificate III in Production Nursery, Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Skills for Work, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, First Aid and Construction White Card.


Our Vocational Education Pathways students have a long history of successful outcomes, resulting from highly individualised planning and a team of staff that are committed to helping students achieve.

Amanda CochraneAmanda Cochrane | Winner - Queensland Training Awards 2014 | School-based Apprentice of the Year

Having always been interested in cooking, Amanda decided to participate in the VET program at Redlands College. She completed a Certificate II in Hospitality Kitchen Operations, through the TAFE at School Program in Year 11, as well as many other qualifications such as Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Workplace Practices and Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology. 

The combination of qualifications and work experience at the Grand View Hotel led to Amanda working as a school-based apprentice studying under internationally renowned French chef Gilles De Beze and winning South East Qld School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Alex McHugh 2014 graduateAlex McHugh - Class of 2014

After completing Certificate III in Hospitality in Year 12, Alex went on to study a Diploma of Hospitality at Southbank TAFE before being selected to study an internship at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, the world’s leading hospitality school.

Alex is currently studying a dual degree at Griffith University, Bachelor in International Tourism and Hotel Management and a Bachelor in Business.

T Cochrane WE T4 2018 2Tom Cochrane - Class of 2018

Not to be outdone by his sister Amanda, Tom joined vocational pathways looking for an alternative to traditional studies.

Tom completed a Certificate I in Construction and Certificate II in Electrotechnology through the TAFE at School Program.

Tom also completed Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology and Certificate II in Skills for Work as part of the VET Program.

Tom participated in work experience placements in Year 10, 11 and 12. He received terrific feedback from employers and because of this feedback was offered a full-time apprenticeship with Whatalec Pty Ltd Electrical and Communications when he finished Year 12.

As a school RTO, Redlands College has a complaints and appeals policy specific to the RTO operations.

Read more about our complaints and appeals process here.

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