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 productivelife beyond Year 12. The College has a Vocational Learning program which progresses from years 7 to 12. This program includes:
Individual career profiling
Targeted year level career education
Intensive career and pathways program for year 7-12
Work experience for all year 10 students
Pathways to Success Career Expo held at the College annually
Excursion to National Career and Employment Expo in year 12
Resume writing and employment coaching
Opportunities to attend local University Open Days
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
The College has an extensive Vocational Education and Training (VET) program – providing students opportunities to develop valuable employability skills that will help to support their preparation for the future 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 and external VET courses.
The College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and is accredited to deliver a diverse range of nationally registered qualifications. The subject selection handbook lists all qualifications delivered at the College. St Columbans College offers an innovative approach to their delivery of vocational education and training with an enterprise focus for all training areas.
CAREER AND TRAINING CENTRE
The College has a well-supported Career and Training Centre with four full-time staff. The Centre is situated in the Edmund Rice Centre. The Centre is a hub for student information and access. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Centre to speak with the team around structured work placement or work experience, school based traineeships and apprenticeships, applying for part-time jobs, tertiary pathways, subject enquiries or individual future careers pathways. The Centre is open from 7.30am – 4pm daily, 5 days a week.
TRADE TRAINING CENTRE
The College has a federally funded Trade Training Centre, which opened in 2012. The Trade Training Centre focuses on training in Hospitality,
Kitchen Operations and Hairdressing. The Trade Training Centre contains a commercial kitchen, a fully operational restaurant and coffee shop/bar, alfresco dining area, as well as a fully equipped commercial hairdressing salon. The Centre is fitted with industry quality equipment in all training and commercial areas. The Centre is attached to the Multi-purpose Mary Mackillop Centre where our Community Playgroup also runs on a weekly basis.
TRAINING AWARDS SUCCESS
The College has a record of training excellence and maintains a wide variety of partnerships and links with local industry. In recognition of its 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 has been a national finalist in the Australian Training Awards from 2012 onwards. In 2014 the College was successfully named as the National Schools Pathways to VET winner. Most recently in 2017 the College won the QLD training awards small training provider category where we were then successfully nominated at the national level in this category also. As a result of our continued success in the vocational training arena, the College was selected to be a national ambassador for Vocational Education and Training.
The College is honored to have sustained success in vocational education and training and we are proud to live by our mantra of 'Every Student Every Success' with a key focus on Excellence, Equity and Strategic Edge.
For further information on the Australian Training Awards winners, factsheets can be viewed on the website: http://www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au/