Vocational education


​Career Planning and Post school options

Students in Year 10 receive detailed information about senior subjects. Information sharing regarding course availability and choices are held frequently and are formalized during Senior Education and Training Plan (SETP) meetings each year with Year 10 students and their parents/carers.

Additional opportunities are advertised by the Senior Schooling department throughout the Senior phase of learning and students are encouraged to visit Senior Schooling to find out more.

Our team can also help coordinate Work Experience, School Based Apprenticeships, Traineeships and offer assistance with Part Time Jobs and Full Time Jobs or Training opportunities for students and school leavers.

Our range of services include:

  • Assistance with enrolling in VET courses
  • Assistance to create USI numbers
  • Help to identify and apply for potential apprenticeships, traineeships and work placement opportunities
  • Resumes, Job Applications advice
  • Interview techniques and tips
  • Provide career advice, planning and goal setting
  • Access to our job search facilities 
  • Assessment of your skills and career interests
  • Facilitate Work experience opportunities
  • Coordinate short courses and accredited training
  • Personalised ongoing support and training


    Unique Student Identifier (USI)

    All students at Kingston State College are required to have a verified Unique Student Identifier (USI) number prior to enrolment in in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course.  A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia. Without a verified USI number, your qualifications cannot be issued.

    Students may create a USI number independently and provide it to the school office or Industry Liaison Officer in Senior Schooling.

    Alternatively, parents/carers may give permission for Kingston State College to assist students to apply for this number.


    VET Courses studied on campus

    At Kingston State College

    Kingston State College is a small RTO (RTO 30386). Students may choose these courses as part of the normal school subject selection processes.  Kingston State College VET Policies and Procedures apply.
  • Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways
  • Certificate I in Manufacturing (Pathways)
  • Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
  • Certificate II in Creative Industries
  • Certificate III in Music Industry

At Kingston Learning College

Several RTOs deliver courses on the Kingston Learning College site each Friday. This may vary semester to semester. Students from Kingston State College are eligible to enrol in these courses and attend the KLC campus each Friday.  Courses offered regularly include:

  • Certificate II in Supply Chain (formerly Logistics)
  • Certificate II in Health Support

Third Party Arrangements

Kingston State College can also offer additional VET qualifications through Partnership Arrangements with other Registered Training Organisations.  These courses may be offered in the normal senior subject selection process or as additional courses.  Courses offered regularly include:

  • Certificate I in Construction (Construction Industry White Card included)
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways.
  • Certificate III in Fitness (with embedded Cert II in Sport and Recreation)
  • Cert I in Basic Financial Services

Please refer to the Senior Subject Selection Handbook for the current offerings and RTO information.

Additional Skill Sets and Short courses

Vocational Skill sets and Short courses are sourced annually and provided by external RTOs at student's cost. On completion of a course, students receive a Statement of Attainment in addition to gaining valuable skills and knowledge that will make them more employable.  Courses may include:

  • First aid
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Responsible Gaming Service
  • Construction Industry White Card


TAFE at School and External RTOs

TAFE Queensland offers a range of courses that students in Years 10, 11 and 12 may complete while still enrolled at school. These are advertised in Semester 2 for various TAFE campuses including SkillsTech and starting the following year.

Popular courses include:

  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology
  • Certificate II in Automotive
  • Certificate II in Salon Assist
  • Certificate II in Health Support


These courses require a student to attend a TAFE/SkillsTech campus, usually one day a week for 12 months and complete their Certificate. These qualifications contribute to QCE attainment.  A full list of TAFE at School offerings is available through Senior Schooling and at SETP Interviews.  Expressions of Interest must be submitted to TAFE prior to an offer being made.  These courses are in high demand so early applications are recommended and waitlists often occur.  Students submit their Expressions of Interest via  and students must have an Application code and USI number prior to application.


The Senior Schooling team will assist with all Expressions of Interest requirements and application deadlines.


At times other RTOs may also offer courses to students and these are advertised using school communication channels.


School based Traineeships and Apprenticeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow students to undertake paid work with an

employer and train towards completing a recognised qualification under a contract of training

while completing senior schooling.  Qualifications gained in a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship also contribute to your QCE. They are designed for students who know what they want to do e.g. hairdresser or panel beater, or have availability in their part-time employment away from school.


A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is organised in partnership with the student, parent/carer, school, employer and RTO. It is the RTO that is responsible for recording student information for the QCE.  School-based traineeships and apprenticeships must impact schooling and are therefore undertaken in lieu of one school subject. Students attend their work place one day during the week as well as school holidays and simultaneously study a VET qualification/trade. Training is usually conducted at the place of employment or in scheduled sessions at school. 


A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship that is not completed by the end of Year 12 may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship or traineeship through formal contract negotiations with the student, RTO and employer.


As each school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is different, the School Industry Liaison Officer provides information and liaises with all parties to ensure optimal outcomes for students.  A SBAT Expression of Interest form must be submitted to Senior Schooling prior to taking up this pathway.



The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships on its website at

Last reviewed 18 March 2022
Last updated 18 March 2022