Vocational Education

VET training options at St Mary's College


In Years 10, 11 and 12, students can apply to undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBA) allowing them to work for an employer and undertake training towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary school studies. SBAs can offer great benefits to many students and help them to explore career options.

St Mary's College uses the services of the Catholic Education SBA Program to facilitate opportunities for SBAs. The Senior Project Officer of the Catholic Education SBA Program organises, negotiates and monitors SBAs on behalf of St Mary's College. The Vocational Education Co-ordinator works closely with the SBA Program Officer to monitor students’ progress and welfare.

SBA placements have spanned a breadth of industries including the automotive, baker chef, carpentry, commercial cookery, engineering, retail, hair dressing, information technology and plumbing sectors.

Generally, students are required to attend work for a minimum of 50 days (or an equal amount of hours) paid employment during each 12 month period. When deciding on workday/s, the student’s school timetable will need to be discussed with the Vocational Education Co-ordinator.


If you are interested in pursuing a SBA at St Mary's College, please complete the Expression of Interest form below and return to Miss Smeed.

Click here to download the SBA Expression of Interest Form


If you are interested in applying for a SBA vacancy that has been advertised (in the newsletter, morning notices, SBA noticeboard or by email), you are required to:

  • Write a simple resume
  • Write a short application letter to the potential employer, and
  • Complete the SBA Vacancy Application Form below

Click here to download the SBA Vacancy Application Form



In years 10, 11 and 12 additional vocational education qualifications may be studied by accessing the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (SQIT). In most circumstances, students can access these qualifications during school hours. The students’ school timetable will need to be amended and discussed with the Assistant Principal Curriculum and the Vocational Education Co-ordinator. St Mary's College students have studied the following qualifications at TAFE: Information Technology, Hospitality, Retail, Media Studies, Engineering and Electro-technology.

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