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University Pathways

Interested in university study but have not done the prerequisite study?   You can ‘fill the gap’ with a bridging course
Or are you unsure about what you may like to study?  Search a variety of courses.
* You may want to organise an appointment with our Guidance Officer to discuss in more detail.

Free Training for Year 12 Graduates

The Queensland Government is offering free training for year 12 graduates in high priority work areas, including some apprenticeships and traineeships.  You can kick start your career by learning skills that employers are looking for, without the financial burden.
To be eligible you must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after completing year 12.
* To search for a qualification see #7 – “Queensland Skills Gateway”
*See flyer attached for more information and list of qualifications available

Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G)

If you do not take advantage of the Year 12 fee-free training (above), you may be eligible for government subsidised qualification.  Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G) provides eligible individuals to complete their first post-school Certificate III qualification. 
NOTE: You can only access the C3G subsidy once, it is important that you choose the right course for you.
* To search for a qualification see #7 – “Queensland Skills Gateway”

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program provides government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected Certificate IV or above qualifications and priority skills sets.  The aim is to assist individuals gain higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to be able to transition to university for further study.
* To search for a qualification see #7 – “Queensland Skills Gateway”

Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW)

Queenslanders aged 15 years or older, no longer attending school and needing to secure a job are able to access Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects.  These projects help job seekers gain skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter the workforce.

VET Student Loans (Australian Government)

An Australian Government loan program that helps eligible students pay tuition fees, for those studying a diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma.  To be eligible to access a VET Student Loan, you must be enrolled with a VET Student Loans approved training provider, approved to offer the VET Student Loans approved course.
For more information on VET Student Loans, including a list of current VET Student Loans approved coursed:
* If studying a degree course, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP.

Queensland Skills Gateway

Where to find information on:
• Training courses:
  • Course type (apprenticeships, traineeships or classroom based training)
  • Subsidies that may be available
  • Registered training organisations
• Occupations:
  • Training and skills required

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training and real work, for a wage.  As an apprentice or trainee you will work towards the completion of a nationally recognised qualification, will receiving on the job training under the guidance of a training organisation.  When you complete you may find that your employment will continue with your employer or you may find a new employer, start your own business or go onto further training.

Group Training Organisations (GTOs)

GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host employers.  If you are keen to do an apprenticeship or traineeship but unable to find an employer – GTO may be an option for you.
LINKS for Apprenticeship/Traineeships Organisations:

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASNs)

Provides free support services to apprentices and employers.  There are four in Queensland:
• Apprenticeship Support Australia –
• Busy at Work –
NOTE:  Services may vary but most offer job vacancy lists and recruitment services

Tools to Assist with Finding a Job

Prepare for Work:  You will need:
• Up to date resume
• Cover letter
• Tax file number
• Driver’s licence (some jobs will require this from applicants)
• Bank account
• Appropriate interview (and work) clothing
• Career guidance:
o My Future –
o Tips and ideas –
• Sample job applications tools – many available through internet search or using templates in word or publisher

Where to Look for Jobs

There are a number of websites you can use for job seeking but you may also wish to register with a Job Active provider.  These providers will help you prepare for, search and find jobs.  (They can also assess your eligibility for Youth Allowance).
To search for a provider:
Two specific programs available:
• PaTH Internship Program – show an employer what you can do:
• Transition to Work – focuses on building skills, confidence and readiness to enter employment:
Youth Employment Program – employment support program funded by Queensland Government for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education.
LINKS for job search:
Queensland Public Service:
Australian Public Service: