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Year 10 students engage in a Work Experience Program with VPG and Career Connect pastoral care program with embedded units from CareerCEO leading to a Certificate I.

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Australian Defence Force Recruitment Process
  • Can apply at 16 ½ but can’t join until 17 years old
  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • 3- Step Process as follows;
1.      YOU (Your Opportunities Unlimited) Session
·         Relaxed and informal
·         Bring birth certificate (preferable)
Consists of Career counselling (3/4 hour), Aptitude test (computer based – 1 hour), Medical questionnaire with nurse
A list of jobs for which you can apply are generated from the aptitude test.
Can be booked via:
·         Phone: 131901
·         Online:
·         In Person: Defence Recruiting – 118 Macleod Street, Cairns
2.      Assessment Day
·       Interview with psychologist
·       Medical Officer – go through questionnaire and physical test
·       Job Interview
·       If applying for an officer level, there will be leadership questions and further interview with Officer Selection Board including oral presentation.
3.      Fitness Test
·       Occurs one month prior to joining – can do practices
Different standards for female/male and between Navy/Army/Air Force
Minimum Educational Requirements:
General Entry
Non-Technical – Year 10 Maths and English (exceptions may apply)
Technical (Trades/Apprentices) – Year 10 Maths, English and Science (exceptions may apply)
Officer Entry
Officer – Year 12 Maths, English and 3 other Authority/General subjects
ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy)
Student to be on an OP/ATAR pathway
Apply through both Defence Force (can start process at 16 years) and UAC (University Admissions Centre – UNSW)
Year 11 students,
There is an excellent career opportunity for Indigenous students at QANTAS for a School Based Trainee in Customer Service.  Check out the LINK right.
Students can apply online or forward your resume to Mr Harland at
Qantas have a strict police/security check that is required for the successful candidate. These candidates will need to ensure they have the below documents:
-          Birth Certificate
-          School Photo ID
-          Medicare Card
-          Bank Card
-          Bank Statement
Interested applicants to apply by COB 15th February 2019.


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Jobs on offer

Year 11 and 12 students, if you are considering leaving school early, here are some great fulltime opportunities.  If you want to talk further, dont hesitate to book a meeting with Mrs Garrone ( or visit A12a for info on the jobs.
Job Type
Job Title
First-Year Apprentice
Cairns Ever Cool
We are seeking an apprentice to join our team must have current drivers license .
Please send resume to
First-Year Apprentice
Private Advertiser
required for ongoing work.
Good rates. Must have own transport.
Phone: 0439 401 832
First-Year Apprentice
PARTS INTERPRETING APPRENTICESHIP Jayco is an Australian owned and renowned company commanding approximately 48% of todays RV market.
This Apprenticeship involves the sales, stock control and administration in relation to Caravan replacement parts and accessories. Located in Edmonton. This is a 3 year Apprenticeship.
Applications close Tuesday 29th Jan 2019
Please email resumes to: Admin Manager
First-Year Apprentice
Penske Power Systems
Are you passionate about diesel engines? Do you want to learn in an environment with world class technicians, while working for a globally respected brand? If so, make the change and join Team Penske!  Your New Opportunity
We have a great opportunity for an Apprentice to join the Penske team in 2019! As an Apprentice you will diagnose and repair diesel engines and electronic compression ignition engine management systems and assist in completing appropriate job reports to ensure accurate record management. You will utilise resources to ensure maximum efficiency for the ultimate benefit of customers and clients.
About you:
Have a passion about vehicles, mechanics or the motor industry
Working knowledge of the operation of appropriate machinery, tools and equipment, and a willingness to work and learn on the job.  We offer great training programs in our products!
Strong customer service focus and good communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work in a team environment
Has completed Year 12 with passes in English and Mathematics, and willing to commit to the full term of the apprenticeship of four years.
Why choose Team Penske? We are part of the Penske Group with worldwide operations, employing over 50,000 employees across a range of businesses such as; Automotive & Truck Dealerships, Motor Racing, Truck Leasing and Logistics Management.
At Penske we know that it's our people at the heart of our success and we want to make sure you have everything you need to do a great job. That's why as well as a great work environment, we offer the following benefits:

Accredited Training & Development Programs
Competitive Remuneration
Reward and Recognition Programs
Family Friendly Benefits including Paid Parental Leave

About us
Penske Power Systems (PPS) is a leading distributor of premium diesel and gas engines and power systems from MTU, Detroit and Allison.  Also an authorized dealer of heavy-duty Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle trucks, we operate across some of the most dynamic on- and off-highway markets in the country. Our purpose is: We Power Your Success, through our attitudes, actions and the delivery of industry leading customer service.  Find out more about us by viewing the video below.

Applicants must be willing to commit to undertaking an apprenticeship. This includes participation in both practical training and completion of theory based study modules at TAFE

To apply, submit your application via the APPLY NOW button.
We reserve the right to remove job postings prior to the stated closing date, therefore, if you are interested in applying for this vacancy please submit your application as soon as possible.
First-Year Apprentice
McLeod Engineering
Seeking a first year apprentice looking for a career as a Diesel Fitter in the marine industry. Must be a team player with a keen interest in learning and ideally have completed pre-vocational training.
Please send resumes to
First-Year Apprentice
Long run of work ahead with reputable company. Must have own tools and transport.
0439 703 533
First-Year Apprentice
BUSY At Work
Local Cairns based business is seeking to employ a motivated person to join their team and embark upon a Certificate III in Carpentry.
You will be required to assist this employer working on new houses. In addition there is some high rise work available. There is a possibility also that you will be required to work in more remote areas, which will give you some additional really worthwhile experience.
We need a person who is committed to the completion of their carpentry qualification.
We need a person who will show reliability, flexibility in working hours, persistence and endurance. You know it's hot in northern Queensland, so be prepared to work outdoors and embark upon this incredible trade qualification.
Please apply today for an immediate start
First-Year Apprentice
DTB Floors
Required for floor, covering installations
Immediate start.  Apprenticeship for the   right person.
First-Year Apprentice
Apprentice Electrician and Trade Assistants
Above Award Wages
  Contact Josh on 0488 157 143 or email resumes to
First-Year Apprentice
Westco Motors Cair
estco Motors is an automotive dealership operating within the Nissan, Mazda, Volkswagen and BMW Franchises. We are a family owned business whom employ over 100 staff and currently have a fantastic opportunity for a trainee parts salesperson / interpreter to join our team.
If you are a dynamic person with great communication skills, outstanding customer service and an eye for detail, as well as a passion for the motor industry, we would like to hear from you!

Working as part of our Parts team, you will be an important part of the daily operations and be exposed to all aspects of warehousing and interpreting parts.  To be considered for this position you will need:
To be well presented
Basic computer skills
The ability to work within a close team
Some knowledge or interest in the mechanical aspects of vehicles
Understand and be able to develop strong customer service skills
Be self-motivated and reliable individual
Willingness to learn
Have excellent organisational skills
On the job training will be offered, and you will have the opportunity to work in a stable and team orientated work environment. 
Please forward all resumes or queries via email to - Applications close Wednesday 6th February. Only applicants meeting the above criteria will be responded to and all applications will be held in the strictest of confidence.
First-Year Apprentice
Private Advertiser
Must have own transport & tools
Must have drivers license
Must be junior
PHONE 0408 062 484
First-Year Apprentice
Blenners Transpor
nners Transport is a family owned and operated company specialising in the transportation of bananas from North Queensland to Southern Markets, with seven depots throughout Queensland and a growing fleet of 200 trucks and 220 refrigerated vans.  We are a well established business working with many well known and reputable brands for the last twenty five years.
We are currently seeking to engage an Apprentice Transport Refrigeration Mechanic to join our team.  Based in Tully, North Queensland, you will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of an extensive fleet of modern   trailer-mounted refrigeration units and tasks will include
Thermo-King and Carrier fridge unit diagnosis and repairs
Fridge unit servicing and preventative maintenance
Leak detection, repairs and re-gassing
Truck Air Conditioner Repairs and Servicing
Industry leading rates with a great working environment. Immediate start available.
To apply, please forward a covering letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this opportunity and copy of your resume to the Fleet Maintenance Manager, Cassidy Waina on email -