Vocational education

​​Rockhampton State High School offers a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities for our students.  These courses contribute towards the Queensland Certificate of Education.  VET subjects tend to place more emphasis on practical skills and knowledge and can develop specific skills relevant to employment.  

Students at Rockhampton State High School have the opportunity to complete Certificate II in Rural Operations through a third-party arrangement with SDS Training and Certificate II in Hospitality through a partnership with College Australia.  They can also complete Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and Certificate III in Fitness through a partnership with Binnacle Training.  All of these courses are run at our own industry-simulated learning environments during regular timetabled classes. 

Students also have the opportunity to complete other VET courses through external RTOs such as CQUniversity, College Australia, Tallebudgera SS and Electrogroup one day per week or in a week-long block (off campus or at school).  Courses may include: 

• Certificate I in Construction

• Certificate II in Hospitality and Kitchen Operations

• Certificate II in Hairdressing

• Certificate II in Tourism

• Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology

• Certificate II in Self Awareness and Development

• Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure

• Certificate II in Electrotechnology

• Certificate II in Health Administration

• Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

• Certificate II in Applied Digital Technologies

FEET First Program 

The FEET First Program is aimed at assisting senior students enter employment, training or further education after completing Year 12.

Positive benefits for students include:

• Providing students with the opportunity to make an informed decision about their future career and testing the reality of their choice.

• Interacting with employers and training providers to receive first-hand information about job skills, entry requirements and job prospects.

• Providing students with job readiness skills.

• Assisting students to make decisions that can provide a focus for future planning.

The FEET First office is situated downstairs old A wing.  Students should make an appointment through Student Services.   

Work Experience                                                  

Work experience is organised for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 at Rockhampton State High School. Work experience allows students to gain experience or knowledge in a variety or work situations to help them in future career choices. Experience in the workplace is invaluable in building confidence, self-esteem, discipline and team work. An Industry Placement Fee of $10.00 is charged to all students who participate in work experience. Students need to collect a work experience application form from the FEET First office.

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)

Rockhampton State High School offers students in Years 11 and 12 the unique opportunity tomake an early start on their chosen careers. FEET First Staff help students with information about opportunities as well assisting students 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 Senior Statement. In many cases school-based traineeships and apprenticeships lead to post-school job prospects.

Previous students have successfully completed school-based apprenticeships/traineeships in the areas of automotive, engineering, hairdressing, allied health, aged care, early childhood, 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. Position’s vacant are advertised via student emails and the Rockhampton State High School FEET First Facebook page.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students studying a VET certificate must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before a statement of attainment or qualification can be awarded. Students need to apply for their USI at and give a copy of this number to the HOD – Senior Schooling for recording.


Last reviewed 28 February 2022
Last updated 28 February 2022