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Career and VET Services


Whilst the deadline for subject selection forms has passed, Careers and VET Services are still working with students in the week ahead to fine tune their planning and decision making heading in to the subject counselling session. We have found the recent Year 11 2021 subject counselling appointments very positive and we appreciate everyone’s patience with this new method of connecting. The process works particularly well when where necessary, students have spoken with subject teachers and heads of departments in advance to clarify their possible pathways in their subject areas. For example, if a student is looking at picking up a Stage 2 subject without meeting the assumed knowledge, it is critical they have had this discussion with the head of department before the subject counselling session Thursday, 3 September

It has been great to work with many students who have been able to identify a possible post school pathway and course, and also research further into the first year of subjects that would be studied in this course. Whilst many students only plan to study set pre-requisites going forward, others take on assumed knowledge subjects and many students go all the way to select subjects that will contribute to success in first year of their course of study. With the myriad of choices available here at St Michael’s College and outside the College it is somewhat difficult to narrow down your choices.

Students planning for a pathway to direct employment at the end of Year 12 (typically 20% of our graduating cohort), also require special consideration of their subject selections to ensure their resumes on graduation and preparedness for employment is as refined as possible.

At this stage of the year we have a rush of Year 12 students wishing to look at Certificate III options to enhance employability and contribute to their 2021 ATAR. It is very important any student considering a VET option in 2021 submits a purple VET ‘Expression of Interest’ to Student Services before the subject selection counselling session so this initiates a follow up by Mr Woolford. Many of these programs fill fast and students do not want to leave their investigation of options too late.

We are heavily booked working with student appointments over the next week and ask that in the first instance parents email your questions to Rose Coorey or Anthony Vizaniaris, and for Vocational Education questions to Kevin Woolford who will respond as soon as possible. Parents are most welcome to attend any scheduled 30 minute career counselling appointment with their child.


We are excited to hear that the date has been set for the launch of the first mini rockets from the new space launch station near Ceduna. For more information click here.

After the first year of the Australian Space Agency taking off in Adelaide, we are starting to see more exciting opportunities for South Australia. Whilst Astrophysics at the University of Adelaide requires Maths Methods, Maths Specialist and Physics is the most direct course to such pathways, we assure you there are many other courses and options. We encourage students in Year 9 contemplating pathways in Space and Defence to prioritise the Aerodynamics and Chemistry elective in their Year 10 subject selection choices. Pathways in any Engineering or Health Sciences requiring Physics and/or Chemistry in Year 12 begins with this elective in Year 10.


Christmas casual positions are beginning to appear on SEEK. Peter Alexander are advertising employment opportunities here.

On SEEK and MEGT websites there are many adverts for traineeships and apprenticeships. The new civil construction apprenticeship opportunities are growing with a local opportunity advertised at the City of Port Adelaide and Enfield Council. Successful applicants may be able to negotiate a start date to coincide with the end of submitted work here at St Michael’s College so that SACE can be achieved.

The SA Government Dental Traineeship application portal is now open and closes mid September. See here for more information.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors


ASC Shipbuilding are looking for highly motivated young individuals to join the workforce in 2021.  If you’re in Year 10 this could be the career opportunity for you.

Commencing 31 August 2020, ASC Shipbuilding will welcome applications for the second intake of the Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program for 2021, as part of the Hunter Class Frigate Program, which involves a school based traineeship and apprenticeship. Please note applications close 25 September 2020.

The program incorporates comprehensive training, supervision, coaching and mentoring, and will give you a first-hand understanding of a range of shipbuilding trades. The program will help you to determine which trade stream to pursue in your Certificate III School Based Apprenticeship – the next step in your journey at ASC Shipbuilding.

In January 2021, successful candidates will commence Certificate III in Engineering or a Certificate III in Electrotechnology, training under a flexible school based apprenticeship. During the year you will complete on the job training which will consist of four, two week paid blocks of workplace activities at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, while continuing to study Year 11 or Year 12.  You will continue your flexible school based apprenticeship during 2022 and also continue your TAFE training, whilst also working towards the completion of your SACE. In January 2023 you will continue your apprenticeship as a full time apprentice working at the shipyard as well as attending TAFE. Please note that some workplace activities at the Osborne Naval Shipyard may be conducted during school holiday periods throughout the year.

They will be recruiting in four trades areas:

  • 14 Apprentice Steelworkers (Boilermaker/Welder – Heavy Fabrication),
  • 2 Apprentice Sheet Metal workers (Light Fabrication)
  • 4 Apprentice Pipe Fitters (Boilermakers)
  • 2 Apprentice Electricians

In order to be considered for the Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program and apprenticeship commencing in January 2021, you will need to be:

  • Studying Year 11 in 2021 and Year 12 in 2022, or
  • Studying Year 12 in 2021 with a commitment to undertake Year 13 in 2022
  • Eligible to enrol in a Cert II Engineering or Electrotechnology course for 2021
  • An Australian citizen
  • Able to successfully pass a police check
  • Able to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment health assessment

Preference may be given to those who are undertaking a Cert II Engineering/Electrotechnology pathways course in Semester 2 of 2020.

For more information please click here. For those interested, please see Mr Woolford to collect an expression of interest form. Please note that this may impact on 2021 VET pathways for our current Year 10 students moving in to Year 11.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator