Careers & Training

Preparing students for life beyond school

Peace Lutheran College provides students access to career guidance and development support to prepare them for their life beyond school.

This comprehensive approach to career development incorporates career information and counselling, learning pathways, vocational education and training options, school based traineeships and apprenticeships, Senior Education & Training (SET) planning and local business engagement.

The College employs an experienced Careers and Guidance Officer who can support students and their parents as they navigate their way through this complex process. Assisting with:

  • Individualised careers counselling
  • VET pathways
  • School based apprenticeships and traineeships
  • The job search process, including contemporary insight and advice on CV preparation, job hunting and interview tips
  • Sourcing and advice relating to work experience
  • Insight into workplace expectations and etiquette

Would you like to contact the Careers & Guidance Officer?
Mrs Rebecca Bolton can be contacted by phoning the College on 07 4039 9000 or via email, rbolton@plc.qld.edu.au.

Middle school - years 7 to 9

During the Middle school years, students are introduced to careers through structured activities aimed at building self-awareness and developing a broader understanding of occupations.

Part-time employment

Some students are also looking for part-time jobs. They are able to access our dedicated Careers and Guidance Officer who can assist with where to find work, CV preparation and interview skills.

The College has developed a range of resources, available to students, which provide relevant and contemporary advice about the job search process.

Senior school - years 10 to 12

This is the time when students will start to give serious thought to their career prospects and explore pathways best suited to their strengths and skills.

Career considerations

All senior students attend the Careers and Employment Expo, which brings together a vast array of education and career providers to inspire students and help them with their decision making. 

From Year 10, students start their Senior Education and Training (SET) plan, which is used as a guide to inform subject selection and identify vocational pathways.

Work experience

All year 10 students participate in a structured work experience program. Work experience is a great way to sample real work in an industry of their choice. In years 11 and 12 students are encouraged to source work experience during their school holidays if they have a particular career interest.

To broaden their knowledge of careers, the school invites a range of guests to talk to our students about their career pathway. These engaging sessions allow students to interact with industry experts from our region.

University Pathway

Peace Lutheran College has an exceptional record of producing academically talented students in readiness for entry to university.

Students have access to experienced staff who can support and guide them towards achieving the necessary requirements to gain entry into their chosen university course.

During year 12, students attend university experience days to gain greater insight and understanding about university life and expectations. University representatives also visit our students to offer first-hand advice and knowledge about specific courses and entry requirements.

VET in Schools Program

Peace Lutheran College offers students the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification while still at school and as part of their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Students can gain nationally recognised industry qualifications whilst still at school.

From year 11, students can choose to:

  • Enrol in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course delivered by TAFE North
  • Commence an aviation qualification with Aviation Australia

Students are counselled through the decision making process to ensure they understand the commitment and expectations of the course requirements, and are on track to complete their QCE.

School-based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow students, generally from years 11 and 12, to work for an employer and train towards a nationally recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education and/or Overall Position (OP) score.

Students are paid for their time whilst working for the employer and supported by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to complete their vocational qualification.

Peace Lutheran College assists students with sourcing traineeships and apprenticeships as well as offering support and guidance whilst on the job.

Useful links

TAFE North

Apprenticeships Australia

Cairns Aviation Skills Centre

Aviation Australia

Skills Road

My Future

The Good University Guide

JCU

CQU

UQ

Seek

Smart Jobs Queensland

Indeed Job Search

CNSYR13

The 'Careers Corner' segment of the monthly College Newsletter also features interesting and useful information for students.