CQUni's VETiS courses inspire CQ region's high school students

Published:05 June 2019

CQUni's VET in Schools program has helped many Central Queensland high school students aspire to further vocational education.

CQUniversity’s VET in Schools (VETiS) program has helped dozens of high schoolers get an early start on their careers.

The VETiS program allows students to give a whole range of qualifications “a go” and no one student is excluded.

Rockhampton High School student Adam Schreiweis studied a Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical at through VETiS at the Rockhampton City Campus and he was probably one of the first students to take on the trade from a wheelchair.

“The course can be a bit challenging, but I’d like to keep doing it,” he said. “I’m a very hands-on person.”

“I’d like to be a small motor mechanic, working on engines for whipper snippers or chainsaws.”

Heights College student Tayla Butler was also loving her Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation training through the VETiS program.

“I was a bit lost about what I would do after school, but talking with one of my friends about cars really made me want to try it,” she said.

In the Gladstone region, a partnership between CQUni and the Biloela State High School has allowed numerous Year 12 students obtain a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.

Through the arrangement, teachers from CQUniversity’s Gladstone campus travelled to Biloela once a week to deliver the training.

Biloela High school captain Cody Kraftt said the course was a good way to “scratch the surface of the electrical concepts”.

“We got to learn in a more adult and flexible environment at the Study Centre. By having the opportunity to obtain this qualification locally, it opens up more doors for work placements and the prospect of apprenticeships. It also means we can stay in Biloela to work,” he said.

Thomas Perna managed to find employment with a local pub in Rockhampton after completing a Certificate II in Hospitality.

I learned every aspect of hospitality at Willby’s (Training Restaurant) – I worked behind the bar, made coffees, how to set up for breakfast, lunch and dinner and buffets and wait service,” he said.

“I even have been allowed to step-up into a leadership role and help manage some of the events in the restaurant.”

A group of Dysart State High students also learned practical metal fabrication skills during their VETiS program and even created a table as a memento to take back to the school.

Distance is no barrier either with Winton State School Year 11 student Lauren Heslin travelling in to the Mackay City campus to take on a Certificate III in Fitness.

VETiS Officer Mandi Farrell says it is always very satisfying to assist a high school student with their study pathways, to help reach their goals and achieve success.

"With Lauren however, the rewards were greater due to the distance she and her family were prepared to travel to attend her practical weekends in Mackay.  I am very proud as a VETiS Officer, to have played a small part so Lauren, from the Central West Outback town of Winton, can realise her dreams and study in her chosen career through VETiS and CQUni.”

Some of the VETiS courses available for Term 2 (July-December, 2019)*:

Rockhampton and Mackay

Certificate II in Business

Certificate II in Logistics

Certificate II in Sport and Recreation

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Certificate II in Horticulture

Certificate II in Information Digital Media Technology

Certificate II in Hospitality

Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Certificate II in Tourism


Certificate II in Electrotechnology

Certificate II in Hospitality

Certificate II in Tourism

Certificate III Fitness

Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Certificate III in Business

Certificate III in Business Administration

White Card Construction Short Course

For more information on the VETiS courses available, visit the TAFE Careers Expo on Wednesday 26 June between 2 pm and 5.30 pm at CQUni’s Gladstone Marina, Rockhampton City and Mackay City campuses.

You can have your questions answered by teaching professionals and learn about our flexible study, support services, apprenticeship information, funding options and more.

Register your attendance at and go into the draw to win an Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker or a Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Wristband (to receive a bonus entry make sure to also complete a Competition Entry Form on the day; terms and conditions apply).

*Note: Some of the courses are VETiS Funded, while others are Full Fee Courses. Some courses are delivered online, others in a classroom setting, or via mixed mode. Follow this link for more details -