Post School Options

​​University and Other Institutions

The College works with a number of Queensland Universities. We regularly update our students regarding open days, career opportunities, work experience, traineeships and apprenticeship opportunities.

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University Open Days
Australian Catholic University
University of Southern Queensland
University of Queensland
Bond University
Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
James Cook University Cairns
James Cook University Townsville

Central Queensland University (Sydney)
University of New Castle
Macquarie University
Charles Sturt University
University of Notre Dame
Southern Cross University
La Trobe University (Sydney)
University of Sydney
University of New England
University of New South Wales
Australian Catholic University
University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong
Western Sydney University

​​​​​​Aviation Australia Flight Attendant Training

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Aviation Australia is now delivering this training at its Brisbane campus.  The course is available for people wishing to learn more about this career.  It is like the Cabin Crew Training delivered by Aviation Australia in the past.  The Flight Attendant Career Training course is a non-accredited course that can be completed in five weeks.  Upon graduation, graduates receive a portfolio of completion certificates and access to Employment Services.  For further general course information including course modules click on the image above

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​​QTAC and Tertiary Entry

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Tafe after school

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Some pre-apprenticeship courses can be undertaken while you are at school.  Visit your VET Coordinator or Guidance Counsellor/Officer for information about this option.


What is an Australian apprenticeship and traineeship?

Australian apprenticeships are simply referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships and offer opportunities for people to train, study and earn income at a variety of qualification levels, in a huge range of occupations including the traditional trades.  An Australian apprenticeship combines structured training (e.g. through TAFE or another Registered Training Organisation) with practical on-the-job training with an employer.  As an apprentice or trainee, you enter a training contract with your employer.  You are paid for your work and, when you complete your training, you receive a nationally accredited qualification.

Apprenticeships are required for skilled trade areas such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, cabinet-making, automotive, hairdressing, etc.  Traineeships are undertaken in vocational areas such as office administration, information technology, tourism, hospitality, beauty therapy, etc.  Traineeships can take from one to three years to complete, while apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based.  A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to start your training while you are still at school.  It will contribute credit towards your Queensland Certificate of Education.  You can find out about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships on the Apprenticeships Info website.

There are over 500 jobs that offer Australian apprenticeships in over 30 different industries.  Read about the different types of apprenticeships and traineeships that are available in Queensland on the Queensland Trai​ning Information Service website.


Ever wondered what 'on-the-job' and 'off-the-job' training means?

To complete an apprenticeship or traineeship, you are required to have an employer who you work with and who teachers you ‘on-the-job’.  You also complete a Vocational and Education Training (VET) qualification (for an apprenticeship it is usually a Certificate III).  This qualification is usually gained at a TAFE college or at another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  This is what ‘off-the-job’ training means.  Sometimes the RTO comes to your place of work to undertake the training.  Find out more about apprenticeship training on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

 ​Pathways to Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships

If you are interested in an Australian apprenticeship or traineeship and don’t know where to start, the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways is a useful website to visit.  It contains information for people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment and those providing support and advice.  The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website is an Australia wide information hub for students providing tools and resources to assist students researching apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways.​

Defence Force

ADFA – Australian Defence Force Academy

ADFA is a unique partnership between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) which provides training and education for the future leaders of the Navy,​​ Army and Air Force.

Approximately 800 Navy Midshipmen and Army and Air Force Officer Cadets are currently enrolled in the three year training program at ADFA. Another 300 are currently completing a fourth year of academic studies through UNSW. These cadets come from around Australia and, through military exchange programs, from 16 other Defence Forces around the world.

The three year training program at ADFA is designed to provide officer cadets and midshipmen with the fundamental knowledge, skills and attributes required of junior Officers in the Australian Defence Force.

Officer cadets and midshipmen at ADFA study both an undergraduate degree program through the University of New South Wales, and a military education and training program through the Australian Defence Force. These programs include theory as well as practical subjects.

The military education and training combined with a balanced and liberal university education equips cadets to meet the many interesting and varied challenges of their future careers.

To graduate from ADFA, officer cadets and midshipmen must complete all four components of the training program.

·         Common Military Training

·         Single Service Training

·         Undergraduate Degree

·         Officer Qualities

The first step in the application process is to call 13 19 01.


Police Force

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is a state-wide organisation responsible for providing policing​ services to the Queensland community.

A career with the QPS offers daily variety, meaningful challenges, the ability to help ​people, and a broad range of opportunities to select a specialised​ vocational pathway.

​ ​ Officers provide operational policing services to the community by protecting life and property, preserving peace and safety, preventing crime and upholding laws in a manner that has reg​ard for the public good and the rights of the individual.

Police are confronted by incidents that require maturity, life experience, social awareness and strength of character. During patrols, for example, officers face many challenges and are expected to manage a wide range of people and situations that include burglaries, stolen vehicle offences, noise complaints, fires, street demonstrations, traffic crashes, assaults, homicides, domestic violence incidents​ and armed offenders.

​On graduation from the academy, police officers receive powers that are given to very few people in the community.

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply to join the QPS. A number of pre-application requirements must be m​et before you are eligible to submit an application. 

 ​Interested in being a police officer?  

Visit the Queensland Police Recruiting website to begin your exploration.  Click on ‘Recruit’ for information about the entry requirements and how to prepare yourself for a police career.  Attending a seminar is also very useful (click on ‘Seminars’) as you get an opportunity to ask questions about the job.  The ‘Academy Life’ section of the site will give you information on the Queensland Police Service Academy.  

​​Gap Year/Volunteering

A "Gap Year" is where you take a "year off" after your secondary schooling to do something else before you undertake further education and training (or full time employment).

Normally, people travel, work part time or do volunteer work, or a combination of these.

It is now a common practice to defer university for a year and undertake these activities before commencing university the following year. Students often use this time to work to gain "independent status" before going to university, however, you should visit the Centrelink website to check on the current guidelines for this.

Volunteering is a really common Gap Year activity. It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures and develop a broad range of skills - all while helping other people.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • Explore a range of jobs (gain work experience)
  • Help you make new friends and contacts (expand your network)
  • Improve your social, relationship and communication skills
  • Increase your confidence and boost your self-esteem
  • Keep you healthy, physically and mentally
  • Add to your resume
  • Help you learn new skills
  • Connect to your community
  • Develop effective team skills
  • Gain a sense of well-being and fulfilment.


​​​​​Youth Allowance

Financial help if you’re 24 or younger and studying, an Australian Apprentice, looking for work or sick.

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​​​​Study Assist


​​​​​Financial Assistance/Scholarships

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​Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) Student Scholarship

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ANU National University Scholarship
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The Pekol Family Scholarship for Women in Engineering and the Pekol Family Scholarship for Women in Maths and Science
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 Defence University Sponsorship


​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Go to the website for more information on Defence University Sponsorship​