Vocational education


Noosa District State High School has a strong commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET).  VET qualifications provide students with workplace skills and technical knowledge to help them to advance their career pathways.  In a rapidly changing employment environment the knowledge and skills VET provides helps students to enter the workforce straight from school. 

Noosa District State High School offers VET qualifications in a variety of ways:

  • NDSHS is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 30417) which enables us to deliver a range of nationally recognised qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate III level.

  • Students can also complete VET qualifications through external RTOs

  • Eligible students can complete School-Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships

The benefits of VET qualifications are:

  • On completion students receive a nationally recognised qualification

  • They provide credit towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education

  • They support a student's transition to employment and vocational and/or higher education

  • Practical experience in the workplace

  • Developing employability skills

  • Developing and improving interpersonal skills

The Senior Schooling Pathways Options 2021(PDF 34856KB) provides details of the VET offerings available.

The VET Student Handbook (PDF, 927KB)  is designed to give you all of the information about the policies and procedures relating to VET qualifications offered by Noosa District SHS as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Please ensure that you read and understand the information in the handbook.

Noosa District SHS has a VET Complaints and Appeals Policy (PDF, 143KB).  A formal appeal or complaint may be made if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the VET course.  Information on the Complaints and Appeals Policy can be found in the VET Student Handbook.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) (PDF 825KB)recognises student's current skills and knowledge.  Students who feel they are eligible for RPL should talk to their VET teacher.

Unique Student Identifier (USI) (PDF, 475KB) - All students enrolled in a VET qualification must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  Students must provide the RTO with their USI in order for a statement of attainment or qualification to be issued. 

Contact Details

 Patty Riley -

Head of Department Senior School 

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The NDSHS's Industry Liaison Officer organises and coordinates School-based Apprenticeships and Work Experience placements.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships allow a student to attend school on a flexible timetable as well as undertaking a paid traineeship/apprenticeship during the remainder of the school week and over school holidays.  The program delivers nationally recognised qualifications involving a contract of training and paid employment for the student.  Sometimes students are required to undertake 'off the job' training with a training provider.  This could be block training during school or holiday time.

In summary, a School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship:

  • Must impact on a student's school timetable i.e. working/training one day a week and during school holidays
  • A minimum of 375 paid hours of work  in a 12 month period (7.6 hrs/week)
  • Pay rate is in accordance with the award
  • Completion of a Certificate II or III qualification
  • May reduce a full time apprenticeship by up to 12 months
  • Combines on and off the job training
  • May be completed in 18 months to 2 years
  • Contributes credits towards a QCE
  • Students must fulfil the school requirements before a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship is approved

For more information on School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships School-based apprenticeships and traineeships | Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Work Experience

Work experience is organised for students in Year 10 for one week each year.  Work experience allows students to gain experience and knowledge in the work place to help them in future career choices.  The Year 10 Work Experience Program is a compulsory part of the Certificate II in Skills for work and vocational pathways VET qualification.

Work experience may be organised for other students in years 11 and 12 as an invaluable tool in building confidence, self-esteem, discipline and team work and also to satisfy the industry placement requirements of some VET qualifications.  A Work Experience Placement Fee is charged to all student who participate in work experience or industry placement. 

Interested students should read the Work Experience Fast Facts and complete the Work Experience Registration form.

Contact Details

Heidi Campbell –

Industry Liaision Officer

Telephone - (07) 5472 2214

Last reviewed 22 February 2021
Last updated 22 February 2021