About the Program
The Pathway of Excellence Apprenticeships Program has been designed to provide a pathway for students to pursue an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, rather than a university qualification after graduating from Secondary School. This program allows students to gain valuable work experience in their industry of choice, aiming to secure them an Apprenticeship or Traineeship whilst still at College. Students can choose from over 600 Queensland Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and receive a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) upon graduating from College.
POE Apprenticeships is a unique and specialised program of excellence. Unlike many other School-based Apprenticeship (SbA) and School-based Traineeship (SbT) programs, which operate on one day a week of work experience, the POE Apprenticeships Program is structured to give students significant blocks of time in the workplace. This allows students to have much more in-depth and realistic industry experiences. The program works on a four-week per term out on work placement basis. During this period, they are actively seeking work experience with prospective employers. During their time at the College, students engage in intensive learning, studying the following core subjects: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Industrial Technology Skills (ITS) and Business Studies. They also complete two Cert ll courses over the two year period. One year it will be Hospitality based and the alternate year it will be Community Services based. Both these certificates are part of the college program, allowing students to use their VETiS funding to complete an additional certificate of their choice.
The aim for students doing work experience is to learn skills and gain experiences that will help them decide on their career choice. The ultimate goal for students is to obtain a School-based Apprenticeship or a School-based Traineeship, which they will complete during work experience rotation blocks. On successful completion of the two-year course, students will earn a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). When students complete their Apprenticeship or Traineeship, they will qualify for an ATAR ranking and will still be able to enter university to further their chosen field, if desired.
What Makes Our Program Unique?
- Get a head start in the workforce while graduating from secondary school with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
- Intensive program compared to other offerings, giving students four weeks of real-life experience every term.
- Individual support based on your child’s gifts and talents.
- Gain valuable work experience and receive feedback from industry professionals.
- Gain a School-based Apprenticeship (SbA) or School-based Traineeship (SbT) and get paid while you work.
Joseph did work experience in our very own IT Department. Impressed by his skills and work ethic, Joseph is now employed by the College and will complete his Apprenticeship in Computers at our Middle and Secondary Campus.
Adam Sganzerla is an Apprentice electrician. ‘Having achieved my goal to get this job, I feel a huge amount of stress has been lifted from my shoulders, and knowing I have a job feels incredibly rewarding!’
Aiden’s journey began by making contact with the company and seeking work experience. Through his passion and desire to achieve excellence, Aiden’s supervisor saw his potential. An offer of a School-based Apprenticeship was presented to Aiden, which he enthusiastically accepted.
From the Head of Program
What an exciting opportunity to kick start your career while still at school! By joining our programme you have the opportunity to still obtain your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and start building your career. If successful in obtaining an apprenticeship or traineeship, you can start earning money while completing your schooling and take time off your qualification. In the workplace you will experience real life expectations that could help set you up for success in years to come and equip you with skills that are vital for growth in your career pathway.
Whilst at the College you will be cared for and nurtured by our passionate team. Each team member brings their unique skill set and will work collaboratively with every student to ensure that they are set up for success. All we ask of our students is to come with an expectation to achieve success and to do everything they do as if for God.
I look forward to partnering with you and your child through our Pathway of Excellence Apprenticeships Program.
Mr Gerrie Labuschagne
Head of POE-A