Vocational Education and Training (VET)



V​ocational Education and Training (VET) provides pathways for all students, particularly those seeking further education and training, and those seeking employment-specific skills. Students should consider VET when developing their senior education and training (SET) Plan or equivalent. This planning helps students structure their learning around their abilities, interests and ambitions, and map out what, where and how they will study during their senior schooling.

The benefits VET offers to students include:

  • development of work-related skills that enhance employability
  • access to learning opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum, including work-based learning
  • competency-based assessment that meets industry standards
  • pathways to further training, education and tertiary learning.

At Kedron SHS students can participate in a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities including; Internal VET subjects studied on campus and a number of External Programs where students study off campus (e.g. TAFE and Other RTO's.) to participate in, that provide students with a Nationally Recognised Qualification. There is also opportunities for students to secure School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT's) in a broad range of industry areas.

External courses

External Courses offered at Kedron State High School via External Training Organisations include the following:-

  • Diploma of Business
  • Trade Taster
  • Certificates in Fitness, Business, Retail, Allied Heath, Health, Nursing, Engineering, Animal Health, Trade Qualifications.

The process for VET applications is enclosed:

  • Offered by Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) such as: TAFE Qld etc. offering Nationally Recognised Qualifications.
  • Applications must align to future career and study pathways
  • Available to Year 10, 11 & 12 students only
  • Applications and Positions advertised all year round (depending on RTO)
  • All applications are administered by Kedron SHS and student attendance and academic reports are sent to RTO for consideration.
  • Principal KSHS gives final approval of applicants

School-based apprenticeship or traineeship

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is organised in partnership with the student, parent/carer, school, employer and RTO. It is the RTO that is responsible for recording student information.  A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship that is not completed by the end of Year 12 may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship or traineeship through formal contract negotiations with the student, RTO and employer.

The Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Benefits of School based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATS)

  • A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Gain new skills, learn about workplaces, and develop confidence
  • Put skills learnt at school into practice in a real work environment
  • Fast-track students to where they want to be when they finish school - whether that's a job or further training.

Suitability for students to participate in VET Courses and SAT's

  • Whichever program your Student chooses the focus should be, that it aligns with future career or study pathway. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students to work for an employer, train towards a recognised qualification and complete their secondary school studies.
  • A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  • Following our great school ethos "The Kedron Way" – students wishing to represent KSHS must adhere strictly to our attendance, behaviour and academic policies and must also ensure they are responsible to catch up on any missed work due to work and study commitments.
  • The school supports students by providing educational advice and guidance about VET qualifications and VET contribution to the QCE.


KSHS VET 2022 - Student Handbook.pdf​​


Other ways the VET Department can help students  

White Card – Construction Industry

The White Card course is a requirement for anyone who wants to work in the construction industry.  The White Card can be delivered a number of ways.  Search for your local provider or see Kedron SHS VET staff for companies who deliver it in person or in a school group setting.

Blue card – Working Children Check

This assesses a person's eligibility to hold a blue card or exemption card based on their known past police and disciplinary information. This process also disqualifies certain people upfront and prevents people from working with children whose past behaviour indicates they are not eligible to enter regulated child-related employment.

Students can apply through the Kedron SHS VET office and will need two forms of identification (one being a signature document – passport, learners/drivers licence, bank account card).

First Aid Certification

The First Aid Course is available to all students in year 10-12 and allows students to gain Nationally Recognised qualifications in First Aid and CPR along side the qualifications students receive QCE points for the course completion.

Tax File Numbers & USI Numbers

The Kedron SHS VET Team can assist with getting Tax File Numbers and USI Numbers for students who need to acquire them.   


Work Experience 

Kedron SHS offers the chance for students to be involved in a Work Experience program in year 10 and year 11. The work experience program is an important opportunity for students to engage in the world of work. We know that many young people have part-time jobs, but work experience can provide an insight into occupations that students generally have limited opportunity to access.

Please email should you have general questions or enquiries about work experience.


Students' Own Placement 

If you're keen to find a placement for your student there are a couple of bits of information that you might find useful. If you find a business who agrees to place a student, simply forward their details to the VET Team. The school will liaise between them and home to complete the necessary paperwork.


If you need more assistance with Vocational Education and Training enquiries, please contact:

HOD - Manual Arts and VET, Bob Baker

Industry Liaison Officer – Kymberley Sant                  

Telephone: (07)3630 3375

Email: or​​

Last reviewed 31 May 2022
Last updated 31 May 2022