Vocational education

An Industry Pathways Program with a Trade Focus
Your Future in Industry begins here
At Everton Park State High School we offer Year 11 and 12 students an Industry Pathways Program to complete their senior secondary education while also working towards a nationally certified qualification in a number of industry areas and / or a school-based traineeship / apprenticeship and part time employment in an industry. 

Our unique curriculum allows young people to study senior Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) courses for three days at school and study a qualification or a school-based traineeship / apprenticeship and / or part time employment in the real world of industry for the other two days of the week.

An Everton Park State High School Industry Pathways Program graduate will be:

  • Keen to work
  • Productive in the workplace
  • Educated to a senior level (receiving their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Experienced in the industry of their choice
  • Focused on a long-term career in the industry.
A dedicated case manager from Everton Park State High School will liaise with the business and training community to provide leadership and extensive industry support for each student as they commence the process of entering the workforce. This unique and flexible curriculum has been developed to meet the needs of Industry and provides the students with trade training and work placement.
Education and Opportunities
Everton Park State High School has developed an innovative senior educational program that meets the requirements of the QCAA and has the flexibility to respond to the needs of students' pathways to industry.
Students will attend school for three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and are placed in their selected Certificate course, work placement and / or a Vocational Program for the remainder of the week. Subjects offered at Everton Park State High School for students engaged in Industry Pathways Program include:
CORE SUBJECTSELECTIVES – (Choice of one only)

Essential English


Hospitality Practices

Furnishing Skills

Essential Mathematics


Certificate III in Volunteering



Certificate II in Construction is also offered on a Thursday for students studying in IPP.

Upon completion at a Sound Achievement or better, these subjects will give students 17 credit points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Four other credit points will be completed through a nationally recognised Certificate qualification.

Students will enrol in the 2019 Industry Pathways Program through an intensive interview process. Numbers will be limited to ensure quality teaching and learning and industry placements can support students.

How to find out more information?
Contact Cecilia Kovacic, on or 3354 0206 if you have any questions. 

The regional Pathways Officer, Kate Youitt can also assist with any questions you may have about the program. Contact Kate on 3869 7272 or by email at

Certificate III in Active Volunteering

Certificate III in Active Volunteering is a nationally recognised VET qualification.  Students learn in class about being an effective volunteer and put their knowledge into practice with volunteer placements at local non-profit organisations of their choice.

Through the Certificate III in Active Volunteering, students:

  • 5 QCE credit points
  • Develop real-world skills
  • Develop workplace networks and may gain personal references
  • Build personal skills and confidence
  • Experience the mutual benefits of being involved in their community and make connections for future community engagement activities
  • Make a difference in their community and develop their social consciousness
  • Develop pathways into a broad range of industry areas including community service, business/administration and child careo learn more

Teachers in your school with specialised VET trainer qualifications will deliver and assess your progress toward competency through a combination of direct school-based assessment plus evidence gathered from your hours of volunteering in not-for-profit organisations (30 hours).

Completion of the course may require extra outside school commitment, as you are required to complete 30 hours of volunteering.  However, students will receive guidance and support from the trainer and assessor to assist them to successfully complete this Certificate.

Vocational Training and Education (VET)
VET in schools helps students in their transition from school to work and provides many students with added skills and abilities which help them gain employment or further education upon leaving school.
At Everton Park State High School, we offer the following VET pathways in Years 11 – 12.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT's)
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow students to train and do paid work in a chosen traineeship or apprenticeship while still at school completing the Senior Phase of Learning.
The School to Work Transition Programs developed under SVETE (School plus Vocational Education and Training leads to Employment) is an initiative of DET. These programs aim to improve opportunities for successful transitions of students from school to work through the creation of stronger links between industry, schools, students and vocational education and training.
School Partnerships - Stand-Alone AQF 
The school partners with private VET providers such as Training Direct and Volunteering Queensland to provide current industry training.
Short Courses
Each year short courses occur within the school relevant to the student's interests and needs. These courses include RSA, the Blue card for childcare and the White card course for trade industries.
Students you complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while still at school from a range of study areas including horticulture to early childhood education to engineering, and everything in between.
Benefits of TAFE at School
Fits around your high school studies
The great thing about TAFE at School courses is they work in with your existing high school studies. They can also count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). TAFE at School allows you to join the workforce sooner by giving you a nationally-recognised qualification while you're still at school. You'll build practical skills and graduate job ready, giving you a head start in the job market.
Direct entry to a TAFE Queensland course
Completing a TAFE at School qualification gives you direct entry into any related TAFE Queensland course. Plus, if you continue on to a diploma qualification you can take advantage of our articulation arrangements with some of Australia's top universities. So if you decide to continue your studies at university you'll receive credit for your study at TAFE Queensland, shaving time off your degree. 
University pathways
Completing a TAFE Queensland diploma will also give you guaranteed entry into a related University of Canberra bachelor degree, offered in partnership with TAFE Queensland. You can receive a diploma and a degree in the same amount of time it usually takes to complete degree alone, giving your career a head start and putting you ahead of the pack.
Earn credit toward the QCE
Vocational Education and Training (VET) can contribute points toward a student's Queensland Certificate Education (QCE) via completion of certificate units. TAFE at School programs are designed to contribute the maximum credit possible, whilst providing a solid underpinning knowledge of the field of study. By studying a qualification as part of school studies, students are able to accelerate completion of a qualification. In most cases, study in the TAFE at School program will offer credit toward a higher qualification.
Be 'work ready' sooner
TAFE qualifications are industry recognised and what industry wants! Our qualifications have been built in conjunction with industry to deliver the skills they are seeking in the workplace. All TAFE qualifications offer practical application of skills to build the confidence of our students.
Pay less for a higher qualification
Students undertaking a qualification with TAFE Queensland Brisbane as part of their senior studies may pay substantially reduced or, in some cases, no tuition fees at all. Once students transition to full-time they are then required to pay both tuition and materials. By completing a qualification whilst at school, students will spend less time in full-time studies and reduce the overall cost of their higher qualification.
TAFE at School is available to students beginning Year 11 and 12 in 2019.
All students who would like to participate in TAFE at School must have both parental and school consent.
Due to government funding arrangements for high school students, the subsidised TAFE at School programs are only available to Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents.
TAFE COURSESTime to CompleteFeesQCE Points
Certificate 1 in Construction4 TermsNil3
Certificate 1 in Construction (Wet Trades)4 TermsNil3
Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Automotive Cylinder Head Reconditioning4 Terms Nil4
Certificate II in Automotive Electrical Technology4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation Motorcycles4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Baking4 Terms$4
Certificate II in Community Services4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Engineering Pathways4 Terms$4
Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Health Support Services4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in HospitalityUp to 4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Kitchen Operations Up to 4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Plumbing4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics4 Terms$4
Certificate II in Rural Operations (Horticulture Stream) 4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Rural Operations & Certificate II in Animal Studies 4 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate II in Salon Assistant4 TermsPartly Funded4
Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement2 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Sport and Recreation6 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Telecommunications Technology (Networking)4 TermsNil4
Certificate II in Tourism4 TermsNil4

Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology /

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

8 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate III in Beauty Services6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Business Administration 4 Terms$8

Certificate III in Catering Operations/

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

4 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate III in Dental Assisting   Traineeship Nil 
Certificate III in Design Fundamentals  (Photo Imaging)Up to 6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (Graphics)Up To 6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care8 Terms$8
Certificate II in Electro technology4 TermsNil4
Certificate III in Engineering Technical4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Events  /   Certificate II in Tourism6 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate III in Fitness & Certificate II in Sport and Recreation6 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance 4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Hospitality / Certificate II in Kitchen Operations8 TermsPartly Funded8

Certificate III in Hospitality/Certificate II in Hospitality 

Front of House

6 TermsPartly Funded8

Certificate III in Hospitality / Certificate II in Hospitality 

Café Barista

6 Terms$8

Certificate III in Information and Digital Media Technology


6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Information and Digital Media Technology (Network Administration)6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Information and Digital Media Technology (Website Development)6 Terms$8
Certificate III in Laboratory Skills2  Terms 8
Certificate III in Make Up5 Terms$8
Certificate III in Media   Film & TV4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Media   Multimedia4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Music Industry (Music Performance)4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Music Industry (Business)4 Terms$8
Certificate III in Retail4 Terms$8

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation  and

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation Coaching   

6 TermsPartly Funded8
Certificate III in Visual Arts4 Terms$8
Certificate IV in Accounting6 Terms$8
Certificate IV in Business4 Terms$8
Certificate IV in Crime and Justice Studies4 Terms$8
Certificate IV in Library and Information Services4 Terms$8
Accelerate to Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration4 Terms$8
Diploma of Dental TechnologyNew course details coming
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) help young people to go places, whether that's a full-time job, a trade career, university, TAFE or other training. The workplace skills and confidence they gain during their SAT provide a solid foundation for any career. SATs allow students to work as paid employees and obtain nationally recognised qualifications, all while at school.

Advantages of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships include:
More flexibility and variety
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 as school-based apprentices and trainees 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.
Nationally recognised qualifications
All school-based apprentices and trainees participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher vocational qualification which can count towards the student's Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
An opportunity to learn and earn
School-based apprentices and trainees 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 at school into practice in a real work environment.
SATs are advertised in the school notices. Students who know which area they want to obtain a SAT in, should speak with Mrs​ Kovacic, the VET Coordinator, who will help look for opportunities if they are available.
Last reviewed 28 October 2021
Last updated 28 October 2021