Trainees build career foundations at school

  • Published on September 18, 2019
  • Year 11 student Zach at work.
    Indooroopilly SHS Year 11 student Zach is completing a Certificate II & III in Hospitality at TAFE Queensland.

    By Caitlin Rees-Smith

    Indooroopilly students can get a head start on their careers by completing Vocational Education and Training (VET) while at school.

    Indro has many students completing School-Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships, TAFE at School courses and other certificate courses with private providers.

    VET can provide students with practical environments they otherwise may not experience in a classroom. School-based certificates can offer study methods that are more suited to a student’s learning style, and introduce students to potential career pathways.

    Certificate courses can also contribute to a student’s final Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) results.

    TAFE at School enrolments are now open for a 2020 start.


    Year 11 student Zach is completing a Certificate II & III in Hospitality at TAFE Queensland. Zach spends one day each week at a TAFE campus learning in a practical environment.

    “At first, I just wanted to try something new, like making coffee, but soon enough, through the TAFE at School’s learning environment, hospitality has become my passion and is the career I plan to pursue after school” Zach said.

    The TAFE at School setting exposes Zach to various elements of the hospitality industry and prepares students to work in restaurants, cafes, and bars.

    So far, Zach has gained experience in waiting tables, making coffee and other beverages, running food, and cash handling.

    “I hope to be able to do TAFE’s Diploma in Hospitality Management as I very much enjoy their teaching methods and teaching staff,” Zach said.

    “Some of my favourite parts of the certificate are the theory of the course.”

    TAFE integrates theoretical and practical activities to nurture an engaging learning environment. Students interact with their peers and work together to build their understanding of the course units.

    “TAFE at School is an amazing way to get a head start in your career, to try something new, or to have some extra qualifications for when you enter the workforce.” Zach said.

    TAFE at School offers many certificate courses to students in Years 10, 11 and 12, including health, beauty, media studies, and various trades. Please see the 2020 course guide for the full list of certificate courses.

    Student Tahlia at her doggy daycare traineeship.
    Indooroopilly SHS Year 10 student Tahlia is completing a traineeship at a Brisbane doggy daycare centre to earn a Certificate III in Business.


    Another type of VET is School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs). SATs introduce students to the workforce one day each week while they complete a certificate.

    Year 10 student Tahlia is completing a traineeship at a Brisbane doggy daycare centre to earn a Certificate III in Business.

    “Completing a traineeship has been amazing so far. I love my workplace and everyone has been really friendly,” Tahlia said

    “I get to apply the knowledge that I learn in a classroom to the real world. Recently I had a training session on ensuring that tasks are completed quickly and properly; it was great to go to work and be more focused on checklist items.

    A day at Tahlia’s traineeship involves looking after the dogs, managing the reception desk and store maintenance.

    “Reception has taught me many skills. I am more confident on the phone, I understand how to use a POS (Point of Sale) system and the other various pieces of technology around the store.

    “There is also the extra bonus of earning money while working. I had been trying to find a job and I wanted to gain further qualifications, so the chance to begin a traineeship brought those two things together perfectly.

    “Completing a certificate gives me confidence that I will graduate high school with qualifications to help me gain entry to university and find a good job that I enjoy. I recommend that people do a traineeship; it has taught me so many things that will continue to help on into my adult life.”

    Tahlia will finish her Certificate III while she is in Year 11 at school, with the prospect of continued employed at the doggy daycare centre.

    Year 12 student Aneldi is doing a traineeship at an equestrian centre.
    Year 12 student Aneldi (standing at front) is doing a traineeship at an equestrian centre.



    Year 12 student Aneldi is another ambitious trainee. Aneldi has completed a Certificate II in Rural Operations and has moved on to the Cert III.  Aneldi is doing her traineeship at an Equestrian Centre, where she works with one of her passions: horses.

    Aneldi began a traineeship because she wanted to build her knowledge about the equestrian industry.

    “I wanted to learn more about horses than just riding them. Through my traineeship I have made industry connections all over Queensland and have even gained my own private clients.” Aneldi said.

    “[The RTO] provided a foundation of knowledge but a traineeship introduced the practical element to build my hands on experience”

    Aneldi’s role at her traineeship involves a diverse range of tasks from assessing the general health of horses, gives riding lessons, and maintaining the stables and the grounds of the centre.

    Student Denzel is doing a chef apprenticeship.
    Year 10 student Denzel has just commenced his Chef Apprenticeship at a popular bistro where he will gain a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.


    Year 10 student Denzel has just started his chef apprenticeship at a popular bistro where he will gain a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

    While Denzel won’t be able to finish the whole apprenticeship while at school, the goal is to transition students into the workforce, as they often become full-time apprentices when they graduate high school.

    Denzel has been enjoying his time in the kitchen so far.

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