Vocational Education

Redlands College has a successful and extensive Vocational Education and Training (VET) program which commenced in 1997.

The aim of Vocational Education and Training at Redlands College is to provide a purposeful and meaningful vocational experience which is customised for each individual student. A VET pathway provides students with a range of career and learning opportunities and is an excellent pathway into the world of work, further training or university entry.

As part of this VET pathway, we offer a number of opportunities: 
  • Work Experience Blocks
  • Certificate Qualifications
  • TAFE at School Courses
  • School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)
  • Try-A-Trade Excursions
  • Industry Speakers
  • Barista Training
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Training
  • First Aid/CPR Training
  • White Card – Construction Induction Training
  • Career Excursions
  • Interview Preparation
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Career Profiling

Redlands College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 30566) and we deliver a number of Certificates at the College. These Certificates are selected based on current research into industry trends regarding the workforce of the future. 

Certificates offered at the College 2020:
  • BSB20115 – Certificate II in Business
  • BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business
  • FSK20119 – Certificate II Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • ICT20115 – Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • 10741NAT – Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology

For further information and competencies regarding these Certificates please see page 12 of the Vocational Education and Training Student Information Handbook 2020.

Work Experience Blocks (Years 10, 11 and 12)

Work experience is an invaluable opportunity to get real-life, hands-on experience in the student’s desired industry OR to have a privileged sneak peek into what an industry is like before they commit their time and energy furthering their skills and knowledge in that area.

Work experience is an integral part of the VET program.

Students attend one week of work experience in October of Year 10. During Years 11 and 12, students continue with end of term blocks of work experience in terms one, two and three.

TAFE at School / Other RTOs

VET students are able to participate in the TAFE at School program and complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while still at school, or complete a Certificate through another Registered Training Organisation (RTO). They can choose from a variety of Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications. These Certificates, upon successful completion, count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Completing a “TAFE at School” course is also a great way to open up pathways to university.

Benefits of TAFE at School and other RTOs

Fits around high school studies

Certificate studies work in with the student’s existing high school studies. It can also count towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Certificates allow students to join the workforce sooner by giving them a nationally recognised qualification while at school. Students build practical skills and graduate job-ready, giving them a head start in the job market.

Direct entry to a TAFE Queensland course

Completing a TAFE at School qualification can give students direct entry into a related TAFE Queensland course. Plus, if they continue on to a diploma qualification they can take advantage of TAFE’s articulation arrangements with some of Australia’s top universities. If students decide to continue their studies at university, they can receive credit for study at TAFE Queensland, taking time off their degree.

Pathways to a trade qualification

Students considering a trade qualification can get a head start with their training while still at school. TAFE at School and other RTOs offer a variety of pre-apprenticeship qualifications.

To view the TAFE at School offerings for 2020 click here


Certificate courses are offered most days of the week and every effort is made to accommodate student choices. Students must be aware that they will be out of the College one day per week and will need to catch up on studies missed.

VET students, Ellie, Bella and Lucy completing a Certificate II in Health Assistant Services through Mater Education at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane.

It is important to note that we have no control over:

  • Selection of courses offered,
  • Days & times offered,
  • Venue,
  • Eligibility e.g. Year 11 or 12,
  • Costs.


VET student Ryley, completed a Certificate III in Beauty while in Senior School through the TAFE at school program.

VET student Tylah, completed a Certificate IV in Crime and Justice while in Senior School through the TAFE at School program.

VET student Sophia, completed a Certificate II in Tourism and Certificate III in Events, in Years 11 and 12, through the TAFE at School program.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs) 

SATs allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school. They combine paid work, training and school; as well as an industry recognised qualification and points towards the QCE. SATs help young people go places, whether that is a full-time job, a trade career, university, TAFE or other training.  

There are two main differences between a school-based apprentice and a school-based trainee.  

A school-based apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. For example: 

Cabinet MakingMarine Craft ConstructionElectricalPastry Chef

At the end of Year 12, SATs roll over into full-time apprenticeships.  

School-based trainees are trained in a vocational area, such as:

Early ChildhoodSports and FitnessHorticultureDental Assistant
Education SupportAllied Health AssistantHospitalityBusiness

Traineeships are usually completed by the end of Year 12. A highly successful work experience placement can often lead to an offer of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  

Benefits of SATs  

More flexibility and variety in learning: The variety provided by SATs can have enormous benefits for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways.

Head start in a career: Young people employed in SATs develop workplace skills, knowledge and confidence and have a competitive edge when applying for jobs. A SAT can lead directly to full-time employment once a student has left school. They give students realistic exposure to the workplace.  

Nationally recognised qualification: All SATs participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher vocational qualification which can count towards the student’s QCE.  

An opportunity to learn and earn: Students are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence, and adapt to a work environment. It gives the student the opportunity to put skills learnt into practice in a real work environment.

Click here for more information about SATs. 


Our Vocational students have a long history of successful outcomes, resulting from highly individualised planning and a team of staff that are committed to helping students achieve.

Amanda Cochrane | Winner – Queensland Training Awards 2014 | School-based Apprentice of the Year

Having always been interested in cooking, Amanda decided to participate in the VET program at Redlands College. She completed a Certificate II in Hospitality Kitchen Operations, through the TAFE at School program in Year 11, as well as many other qualifications such as Certificate III in BusinessCertificate II in Workplace Practices and Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

The combination of qualifications and work experience at the Grand View Hotel led to Amanda working as a school-based apprentice studying under internationally renowned French chef Gilles De Beze and winning South East Qld School-based Apprentice of the Year.

Tom Cochrane – Past Student

Not to be outdone by his sister Amanda, Tom joined vocational pathways looking for an alternative to traditional studies.

Tom completed a Certificate I in Construction and Certificate II in Electrotechnology through the TAFE at School program.

Tom also completed Certificate III in BusinessCertificate II in InformationDigital Media and Technology and Certificate II in Skills for Work as part of the VET program.

Tom participated in work experience placements in Year 10, 11 and 12. He received terrific feedback from employers and because of this feedback was offered a full-time apprenticeship with Whatalec Pty Ltd Electrical and Communications when he finished Year 12.

Alex McHugh – Past Student

Alex completed Certificate II and III in Hospitality (Years 11 and 12) then went on to study a Diploma of Hospitality at TAFE Queensland where she was selected for an internship at École Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland (the world’s leading hospitality school). Alex is currently studying a dual degree at Griffith University (Bachelor in International Tourism/Hotel Management and a Bachelor in Business) and currently works at Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane.

Casey Bridgland  – Past Student

Casey completed Certificate III in Design Fundamentals through the TAFE at school program in Years 11 and 12 as well as Certificate III in Business and Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. Casey was accepted into a dual degree Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and commenced studying this year.

Rhys – Current Student

After a very successful work experience placement with Stradbroke Flyer Rhys was offered a school-based traineeship with them. Rhys is studying a Certificate III in Maritime Operations as he works towards becoming a Ship’s Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres. Rhys is also studying a Certificate III in Screen and Media through the TAFE at School program.
Rhys attends Redlands College 3 day per week, is at TAFE one day and at work (SAT) the other day.

Maya – Current Student

Maya successfully gained a school-based traineeship with the Redlands Hospital, working one day per week at the hospital in the surgical, renal and medical wards. Maya is well on her way in her chosen career pathway of Nursing and she will get to experience what it is like to work in a hospital environment with on the job training from industry professionals.

At the completion of this traineeship, Maya will be a qualified Assistant In Nursing and will be able to gain employment in the health industry or go on to further studies.

Ethan – Current Student

Ethan started his school-based traineeship with Superformance in Capalaba in Year 11 after a successful work experience placement. He is completing a Certificate III in Business as his traineeship whilst gaining lots of valuable exposure to the automotive industry. Ethan’s dream is to become an Automotive Vehicle Broker. Ethan is also studying a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation through the College’s Access program.
Ethan works 2 days a week and attends Redlands College for the other 3 days.

As a school RTO, Redlands College has a complaints and appeals policy specific to the RTO operations.

Read more about our complaints and appeals process here.

Complaints or appeals should be directed to the Principal as CEO of the school RTO at: Email the Principal

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