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Careers and VET Services


Over the holiday break, I attended an information session at the Naval Shipbuilding College in Osborne on the future of shipbuilding in South Australia. I was also able to attend a tour of the facilities at BAE Systems at the Shipyards, the most modern in the Southern Hemisphere. They were so impressive! The Shipyards are home to $90 billion worth of continuous naval shipbuilding programs with a lifespan of more than 40 years. Over the next few years, BAE Systems are building nine Hunter Class Frigates. These anti-submarine combat ships are as long as the Adelaide Oval! I’ve written in previous newsletters that we already have three St Michael’s students undertaking school based apprenticeships with BAE and a total of 3,700 will eventually be employed to deliver these Frigates, plus attack class submarines, sustain the current Collins class submarines and provide supply chains. Over the next ten years, 15,000 jobs will be created across Australia in this industry.

It’s well worth students thinking now about the many careers available and how to prepare themselves to be competitive. There is a VET option to undertake a Certificate II in Metal Engineering, but there are many other careers available including IT, Finance, Legal and Safety opportunities, Electrical, Plumbing, Procurement, Design, and Human Resources. Presenters talked about the skills they look for when employing; integrity, energy, good manners, respect, tenacity and a strong work ethic to name a few. They also outlined the difference between the Defence Force and defence industry and that students don’t have to work in the army, navy or airforce to contribute to the safety of our nation whilst working on some of the largest projects.

The following links provide more information on this industry:
Naval Shipbuilding College
BAE Systems

Please contact Mr Woolford should you wish to discuss VET options that help lead towards a pathway in the shipbuilding industry.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator


It was great to see many of the St Michael’s students enjoying their work experience during the holidays. Cameron Piovesan (12PC-03) went to Guidera O’Connor (GO), a privately owned Australian company providing design and construction services to the Australian Water Industry. Cameron had a great experience supervised by engineers, Bheki and Mae. Cameron had a good introduction to the tasks done by graduate engineers and had a great workspace allocated to him that was very professional. We are very appreciative to GO for taking Cameron on and encourage you to check out their website to see the extent of work they do in SA and the wide and varied jobs covered. The link to the virtual reality overview is worth checking having a look at.



The next scheduled week for work experience is during the second week of the Term 2 holidays, Monday 12 July – Friday 16 July.

The first week of Term 3 has also been allocated for Year 12s who do not have trial exams. Students must return the completed Workplace Learning Agreement Form and the Work, Health & Safety Checklist to Ms Tidd nikki.tidd@smc.sa.edu.au in the LEC by Week 7 (Friday 11 June).

Students will then be booked in for a risk assessment with Mr Viz once the forms have been returned. This must take place prior to the student undertaking the placement. A work experience placement cannot be authorised or covered by the College’s insurance unless all paperwork and preparation has been completed prior to the placement. Work experience students who do not meet the Week 7 deadline may have to rearrange their placement for the October school holidays. Please see Mr Vizaniaris if you have any questions.


Whilst the Expo in March had more of a tertiary focus, the May Expo focuses on many areas of trade, employment, the Australian Defence Force and more.

It is a great opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships, traineeships and gives you the chance to interact with representatives from the major companies in South Australia including BAE. There will also be representation from the SA Universities.

For further information regarding those involved, please click here.


Adelaide University are excited to announce that they’ll be running a brand new series of free Parent Information Sessions during 2021.

The first event is coming up this month, Wednesday 26 May from 6:00pm – 7:00pm (online via Zoom) with registration open now.

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday 20 July 6:00pm-7:00pm (online via Zoom)
  • Tuesday 21 September 6:00pm-7:00pm (online via Zoom)
  • Tuesday 23 November 6:00pm-7:30pm (on the North Terrace Campus – COVID restrictions allowing)

These sessions book out quickly so please click here to register as soon as possible.

University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night
Connect the dots between innovative degrees and exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Adelaide University invites you to join their interactive event to hear from staff and graduates about the rapidly growing STEM careers market (including emerging fields). Discover how you can prepare for your future career with one of their cutting-edge degrees.

When: Tuesday 18 May 6:00pm
Where: University of Adelaide and Online via Zoom
Click here to register.


When: Sunday 23 May 2021, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, 4 North Terrace Adelaide

At this event you can find out more about all courses related to Health and The University of Adelaide. Are you interested in a career in dentistry, health and medical sciences, medicine, nursing, oral health, psychology, physiotherapy, speech pathology or occupational therapy? You can tour their amazing new facilities. For any student interested specifically in Medicine, Dentistry, and Oral Health it is critical they attend. It will book out, so please register here.


The South Australian Space Discovery Centre opens to the public on 5 May! This is an exciting opportunity to visit the centre and explore the latest innovations in space technologies. For a full overview click here. A more colourful overview of the Discovery Centre can be found on the Play and Go website here. With all of the exciting opportunities in the space sector in SA we hope all our interested students from Reception to Year 12 will secure a booking by clicking here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors