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 Vocational Education and Training

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are offered opportunities to access school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. This allows students to use a portion of their school time 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 registered training organisation. Saint Mary's is an Registered Training Organisation and currently offers Certificate I in Wood Furnishing and Metal Engineering.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Students are offered opportunities to access school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. This allows students to use a portion of their school time to work with an employer as paid employees while studying for their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education). At the same time, students undertake a training qualification with a registered training organisation.
 
 
 
 
 

Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre 

Background

Our Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre was developed as part of a Federal Government initiative for a South Burnett cluster of schools (including Kingaroy, Murgon and Nanango SHSs).
 
The Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre was named in the honour of Saint Mary’s first secondary Principal who fought a hard battle in the early years to have Trade Training offered as part of the curriculum.

Facilities

The Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre is a state-of-the-art technology education facility.  Its wood work and metal workshops are both equipped with modern, up to date equipment that meets all current Occupational, Health and Safety requirements.
 
Along with traditional tools and equipment, students have access to state-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) and 3D Printing equipment. This modern equipment helps students prepare for work in current and emerging industries. Graphics and design elements are incorporated into the programme to enable students to take their ideas from conception through the design and the manufacture process then on to the testing and evaluation stage.
 
Traditional skills are also catered for at the Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre.  Our Year 11 students manufacture beautifully handcrafted cabriole legs for their bedside cabinet projects.  Some students painted these cabinets while others chose to use the traditional French Polishing technique to achieve a professional finish.
 
Students from Year 7 to 10 develop their skills working on a variety of projects. They progress from basic hand skills through to more advanced levels. This culminates with Year 11 and 12 students being able to undertake a Certificate I in Furnishing or a Certificate I in Engineering.
 
The College also offers a school based subject: Trade Skills. This covers a range of trade areas including; Construction, Metal, Wood and Mechanical.

Community Connections

From Billy Carts to F1 Racers and everything in between, you will find it being designed and manufactured at the Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre at Saint Mary’s Catholic College. All learning styles are catered for from Grade 7 school students to seventy year olds.
 
The Motors in Motion Show at the Kingaroy Airport in November provided a good example of how our process works. Students used computer aided drafting programs to design their CO² powered Formula 1 Race Cars. The cars were then manufactured using the Trade Training Centres CNC milling machine.  After testing the cars in the wind and smoke tunnels, students then raced them against many local dignitaries and Rotary Club members at the Motors in Motion Show. The cars were raced on the electronically timed 25m long racetrack.
 
Along with catering for our College students, the Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre has recently opened up to the wider community. A rural women’s art group were the first outside community group to utilise the centre.