Vocational Education and Training

What is VET?

VET refers to Vocational Education and Training. VET focuses on offering students optional pathways through their senior schooling while gaining credits towards their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education).

VET students gain knowledge and experience hands on skills training which are directly applied in an adult work environment to enhance their learning. Saint Mary's is a Registered Training Organisation and currently offers Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways and Certificate II in Engineering Pathways for students in Years 11 and 12. These qualifications are nationally recognized and develop skills for employment.

Students have the opportunity to access school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT). In SBAT, Students use a portion of their school time to work with an employer, as a paid employee, while still completing their senior certificate and gaining a training qualification with an external Registered Training Organisation.

Benefits of VET


  • develop employability skills;
  • Students demonstrate hands on work skills that improve confidence and capabilities and builds a foundation for students to explore potential employment pathways post Year 12.
  • Develop and improve communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills; In a supported environment, build confidence, communicating with peers and adults.
  • Attainment of QCE; Each completed Certificate II contributes 4 credit towards a QCE. Other VET pathways can also provide credits towards QCE.
  • Experience practical work through work placement; Develop emotional intelligence and an appreciation of different viewpoints in team environments.
  • Earning while learning; Supports students transition from school to employment, vocational and higher educational pathways. 


The Sister Dolores Carroll Trade Training Centre is a state-of-the-art technology education facility.  Its woodwork and metal workshops are both equipped with modern, up to date equipment that meets all current Workplace, 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 program 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 allowing students in Years 9 and 10 to develop their skills working on a variety of projects. This culminates with students in Years 11 and 12 being able to undertake a Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways or a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.