Transition programs


FEET First Program
Further Education Employment and Training

The FEET First Program provides senior students with information, programs and events to assist their transition into Full Education, Employment or Training once they complete their schooling. 

FEET First staff are available to help students who are seeking casual employment outside of school hours, school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) courses, as well as those seeking to transition into full time employment or training.  This can include assisting students with the preparation of resumes, cover letters and applications for employment, as well as how to prepare for job interviews.  

The staff in the FEET First Program source work experience and vocational training opportunities. Students wishing to access resources can find the FEET First staff in the Senior Learning Centre. Parents and carers are also encouraged to contact the FEET First office to discuss their child's options. 

The FEET First Program also provides a jobs vacant list, which is updated on a weekly basis.  This contains employment vacancies as well as training opportunities such as short courses.  These opportunities are advertised through the student notices, emails, posters and brochures.  Students and parents are also encouraged to 'like' the Rockhampton State High School – FEET First Facebook page for up-to-date opportunities. 

A list of significant events and programs have been published below. Further opportunities will be advertised through the student notices and newsletters.



Year 10

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in work experience in year 10.   This is done in a week long block at a set time each year.  These dates are communicated throughout the year to promote and encourage all year 10 students to participate. 

Please note that due to high demand and the number of students engaged in work experience at the same time, there may be limited opportunities within some industries for placement. To increase these opportunities for students, we ask that parents speak with family or friends who may have businesses that would be suitable for a work experience placement.  

Year 11 and 12 – OP/ATAR eligible

Students are able to participate in work experience for a week long block during a school holiday break to avoid impact on their studies. 

Year 11 and 12 – OP/ATAR ineligible

Students are able to participate in work experience for a week long block as negotiated with FEET First staff and the students' current teachers.



Rockhampton State High School offers students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the unique opportunity to make an early start on their chosen careers. The FEET first staff help students with information about opportunities as well as assisting with applications for these positions. 

Traineeships and apprenticeships involve paid work as well as off-the-job training towards a recognised qualification that will contribute to the Queensland Certificate of Education and appear on their Statement of Results. In many cases school-based traineeships and apprenticeships lead to post-school employment. 

Previous students have successfully completed school-based apprenticeships/traineeships in the areas of automotive, engineering, hairdressing, allied health, aged care, disability services, electrical, business administration, retail, horticulture, track riding and veterinary nursing. Students interested in a school based apprenticeship/traineeship are encouraged to see the staff in the FEET First Office. 

Positions vacant are advertised in the Senior Learning Centre as well as on the daily student notices as they arise.



The Rockhampton State High School Commitment Ceremony. The Commitment Ceremony is a pledge by our current Year 12 students that they will enter Full Education, Employment or Training upon completion of school. During the ceremony students, employers and community partners sign the banner to demonstrate their commitment to the FEET First principles.  The FEET First Commitment Ceremony banner will be prominently displayed in the school's assembly hall for the next 12 months.


Rockhampton State High School is dedicated to the promotion of post-school pathways for our students. One of our key activities is a Careers Fair. At this fair students are able to talk to industry representatives and gather information about careers and employment pathways. 

We invite a number of local businesses representatives from various industries and professions, Registered Training Organisations including Universities, Tafe and Government agencies. We believe these representatives will provide valuable information about the opportunities and future career pathways on offer to our Year 12 students after graduating from high school. 



All Year 12 Students will participate in the Communication2Careers (C2C) Mock Interview session with local employers. Communication2Careers is a RING initiated event where students get to meet local business people and expand their business networks while improving their communication skills with short interview like conversations.


The purpose of this event is to celebrate the achievements of our Year 12 vocational education and training students and to thank the parents, teachers and the Central Queensland community who have provided valuable assistance throughout their final years of schooling. 




Capricorn Careers Expo

Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 may attend the Capricorn Careers Expo each year. The Careers Expo gives students the chance to engage with universities and employers to learn more about future pathways.


Toolkit for School Kids (T4SK) Day

The T4SK is a one day program that gives year 10 students the opportunity to participate in some hands on activities within trade and operator career pathways for the minerals and energy sector. They also have the opportunity to speak with industry personal who are currently working in the industry.

CQUniversity Experience Day

University Experience is one day on-campus allowing Year 12 students to explore their post-high school options, including both higher education degrees and TAFE courses. It provides high school students an opportunity to experience a day in the life of a CQUni student.

·         Explore study options of interest through an on-campus event

·         Pre-select areas of interest and participate in hands-on activities delivered by CQUni teaching staff and current students

·         Get a taste for student life - tour the campus and talk to students about their experience with us



·         Cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

·         Cert I in Financial Literacy

·         White Card - Construction Safety Induction

·         First Aid

·         Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

·         Responsible Gambling Services (RGS)


We recommend that parents and carers encourage their students to participate fully in these programs. Please don't hesitate to contact the FEET First staff on 49 204 391 for further information. We look forward to working with students and their families to help them achieve their career goals.  

Alana Knight

FEET First Co-ordinator

Last reviewed 03 February 2022
Last updated 03 February 2022