Ryan Catholic College Townsville

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

RTO CODE: 30523

What is VET?

Vocational education and training (VET) provides students with nationally recognised training in job related and technical skills in a large number of careers and industries. Students at Ryan Catholic College have the opportunity to complete qualifications at certificate I, II and III level while at school. In addition, the College provides students with opportunities to use other training organisations to complete qualifications in other industry areas outside of school. VET also includes school-based traineeships and apprenticeships.

Benefits of VET

  • VET provides students with nationally recognised qualifications
  • VET provides students with QCE points
  • VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.
  • VET graduates have a higher employment rate than undergraduates. More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training.
  • The VET sector currently provides training courses for 9 out of 10 occupations predicted to have the greatest growth of new jobs over the next five years.
  • Completion of a VET qualification has been shown to lower the likelihood of an individual becoming long-term unemployed.

 (Skilling Australia Foundation, 2017)

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) combine school, training and paid employment to give students in Year 10, 11 and 12 an industry-recognised national qualification and points towards their QCE. Our students are able to complete SATs in a large variety of industry areas, including vet nursing, childcare, automotive, tourism and hospitality, engineering, beauty, hairdressing, retail, electro technology, building and construction, health and many more.

VET Qualifications

 Ryan Catholic College offers the following VET qualifications at school in regular timetabled lessons:

Qualification offerings are subject to change

QCE points achieved may vary if students are studying more than one qualification where there are overlapping units between qualifications.

VET Success Stories

Ethan Simpson

I completed a Certificate II in Engineering and Certificate I in Construction at TAFE North whilst completing Year 11 and 12. By completing these qualifications, I gained  important knowledge and skills that helped me to obtain a fitter and turner apprenticeship at the Townsville City Council. My apprenticeship includes on-the job training as well as studying a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade at TAFE.

Daisy Sankey

I studied Certificate I, II and III qualifications in Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Business while at school. Additionally, I completed a school-based traineeship in Business. Even though I did not take the more traditional OP pathway, I was successful in gaining entry into a Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School on a scholarship. I am now in my final year of study. My degree has provided me with valuable theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that I can use when I get a job in the industry.

Matt Harrison

I completed a Certificate III in Fitness as part of my senior schooling. After completing school, I did a traineeship at Genesis Fitness whereby I worked at the gym as well as studying a Certificate IV in Fitness. Following this, I studied a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. I am now the Head Swimming Coach at Long Tan Pool.