Connecting school to career transitions
Vocational Education and Training
(VET) plays an important role at Cairns State High School helping students move from school to further
education, training and employment. VET qualifications are recognised
nationally and are industry endorsed.
These courses combine relevant knowledge and practical skills that
reflect current industry standards. The VET Student Handbook has more information and also check updates on the Cairns SHS Careers website throughout the year.
As a Registered Training Organisation
(RTO Code 30248), Cairns Highis able to deliver a range of nationally recognised training
packages at Certificate I and II levels. Students are also able to obtain VET qualifications
(Cert III or Diploma) offered by external RTO’s. These courses can be studied
as part of their timetable in a flexible mode.
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 30248), Cairns
State High School is able to deliver a range of nationally recognised training
packages at Certificate I and II levels. Policies and procedures at Cairns State High School for VET programs meet the Standards for RTO's 2015.
Students are also able to obtain VET qualifications
(Certificate I – IV and Diploma) offered by external RTO’s. Some of the School-Based VET
programs offered at Cairns High include:
- Certificate II in Business
- Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways
- Certificate II in Tourism
- Certificate II in Work and Vocational Pathways
- Certificate II in Visual Arts
Students enrolled in VET programs
have access the to the VET Student Handbook. This handbook highlights important
information for students and in particular refers to the complaints policy.
Flexible timetable for Year 11 and 12
To assist students in developing their skills for career pathways, Period 1 and 4 on Wednesdays are flexible timetables periods. The options are:
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Structured Work Learning
Courses and Certificates as required e.g. construction white card, dive course, boat licence etc
One or a combination of the following:
Structured Work Learning
The following courses are available:
QCS Preparation Lessons
Multi-Arts Studies (Tech Theatre)
Multi- Media Arts in Practice(Euroka - school magazine)
Work experience during school holidays
CISSA sport (Semester 1 only)
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
All students enrolled in a VET program must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI number is issued by the federal government and without a USI students cannot be issued with their qualifications. Please refer to the USI factsheet for more information.
Third party courses
Cairns State High School utilises the following RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) to deliver Certificate courses to our students. The RTOs are all ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) approved and comply with the Australian Quality Training Framework.
Lesley De Faveri | RTO Manager (Head of Enterprise Technologies) | T 4050 3068 | E firstname.lastname@example.org
Work experience placement assists students in their
transition from school to work. It provides a formal arrangement whereby
school students who are at least 14 years old participate in activities at
a place of paid or voluntary work. Students in Years 10 to 12 can participate
in this program and placements occur during school holidays.
School-based Apprentices/Traineeships (SATs)
Students in Years 11 and 12 are offered opportunities to become School Based Apprentices/Trainees (SATs). SATs are proving to be a valuable way for students to start their career by combining school with work and training (at Certificate II or III level). Please visit the Queensland Government School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship website for more information.
A-Z List of Apprenticeships and Traineeships (PDF, 77kb)
Suzy Taylor | Head of Senior Pathways | T 4050 3060 | E email@example.com