St Columban's Career and Training Program

St Columban’s College provides opportunity for every student to succeed, and for every student to plan a pathway to enable them to lead a productive life beyond year 12. The College has a Career Development program which progresses from years 8 to 12. This program includes:

  • Personal career profiling
  • Career education unit in year 8
  • Career immersion days in years 9 and 10
  • Work experience for all year 10 students
  • Pathways to Success Career Expo held at the College annually in July
  • Excursion to National Career and Employment Expo in year 12
  • Opportunities for resume development and Mock Interviews
  • Explore University Days
  • Try-a-Trade opportunities
  • Career mentoring opportunities

The College has an extensive Vocational Education and Training (VET) program – providing students opportunity to develop valuable employability skills preparing them for the world of work. All students are encouraged to participate in the Vocational Education program offerings – either within the curriculum, or through school based traineeships and apprenticeships or through external VET courses.

The College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and is accredited to deliver nationally registered qualifications. The Subject selection handbook lists all qualifications delivered at the College. The College has a very well resourced Career and Training Centre with three full-time staff, situated in the Edmund Rice Centre. The Centre is a hub for student information and access. Students and parents are very much encouraged to come to the Centre to talk with the staff about work placement or work experience, school based traineeships and apprenticeships, applying for part-time jobs, tertiary pathways, subject enquiries and lots more.

The College has a federally funded Trade Training Centre, which opened in 2012. The Trade Training Centre focuses on training in Hospitality and Hairdressing. The Trade Training Centre contains a commercial kitchen, a restaurant and coffee shop/bar, alfresco dining area, as well as a fully equipped hairdressing salon. The whole Centre is fitted with state of the art equipment.

The College has a record of training excellence and maintains a wide variety of partnerships and links with local industry. In recognition of it’s training record, the College succeeded in being nominated as a finalist in the 2010 Queensland Training Awards in the Skilling for the Future category, and a national finalist in the 2012 Australian Training Awards, 2013 Australian Training Awards and taking out the top honour named national winner in the 2014 Australian Training Awards in the School Pathways to VET category. As a consequence of this, the College is a national ambassador for studies in Vocational education. The College stands on it’s record to maintain Excellence, Equity and Edge in Vocational training.

Click here for a copy of our VET Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedures 

For further information on the 2014 Australian Training Awards winners, factsheets can be viewed on the website:

Career and Training Centre Contacts:

​Coordinator: Mr Dean Stevens ​Phone: 5495 3111
​Career and Training Officer:​​ ​Ms Pera Maaka ​Phone: 5433 7384
​Career and Training Officer: Ms Prue Uhlmann ​Phone: 5433 7386