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Vocational education

Some students undertake vocational education and training courses while they are still at school. Vocational education and training (VET) is learning which is directly related to work. Courses are developed by industry to give people the knowledge and skills they need to work in a particular job.

Students at Brisbane Bayside State College can undertake vocational education and training at school:

  • as part of their school studies

  • by enrolling in a course at a registered training organisation

  • as a school-based apprentice or trainee.

There is a range of programs available at Brisbane Bayside State College. Details of these are advertised to students via school notices, the student noticeboard and via the school Newsletter.

Enrolling in a course at a registered training organisation.

Students have opportunities to enrol in a VET course delivered by a registered training organisation during school time. Achievement in these courses can also be recorded on the senior certificate.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students — typically years 11 and 12 — to work with an employer as paid employees, while studying for their senior certificate. At the same time, students undertake a training qualification with a supervising registered training organisation chosen by both the employer and the student.

A school-based apprentice's or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school based.

The benefits of undertaking a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship include:

  • receiving both an education and a job
  • being a step ahead of the competition for jobs
  • learning the latest knowledge and skills
  • getting paid while you learn
  • working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification
  • gaining hands-on experience in a real job
  • gaining the skills and experience to help you go on to tertiary study
  • experiencing a great way to move from school to work
  • gaining a sense of achievement.
Doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is a great start to your career.

Students who wish to undertake VET studies whilst at school need to contact Mrs Sue Littman (Head Of Department Senior Schooling)​​​​.