Careers / VET Update

Work experience at Taronga Zoo

I did work experience at the zoo this past June. I was really interested in experiencing what it was like to work with animals at a zoo.  I worked at the Division “Backyard to Bush” which involved looking after several farm animals, rodents, and reptiles. My jobs for the week included, cleaning animal cages; like mice, rabbit and guinea pig cages every day to keep them clean, (unlike my guinea pigs at home which I only clean their cages once a week) I managed to clean the cages thoroughly since I had practice at home. It was a bit sad to learn that most of these mice are bred to end up as feed for the reptiles in the zoo. I even had to hand-feed live crickets to frogs, which was a scary experience for me but eventually, I conquered a fear I didn’t know I had. I raked and scooped the goat and alpaca pens but couldn’t clean the pig pen because I didn’t bring a spare pair of shoes since I would sink into the mud that surrounded the pig pen.

Being part of the work experience, I could buy food and drinks at 20% off, although it was quicker and easier to bring my lunch from home. I worked from 8am – 4pm and would always be exhausted by the time I got home.  During my break time, I would meet up with my friends from other divisions but always underestimated the time it took to walk back to my division.  

I learnt that taking care of animals mostly includes cleaning and feeding, and that it’s not all about petting and cuddling animals when there’s work to be done. I enjoyed my work experience at the zoo and learnt so much about caring for animals.

Phoebe Siu Year 10




Year 11 Hospitality students fabulous Mexican dishes

On Tuesday the 2nd of July, our Year 11 Hospitality class conducted a food truck and sold dishes to the school community during recess. We, as a class, decided to have a Mexican themed food truck as we thought the students would all find something they loved to eat within the Mexican cuisine. Our dishes consisted of churros with chocolate sauce, nachos bowls with corn chips, chicken paella and brownie, marshmallow and strawberry skewers. Within the cooking and preparing period, the class worked as a kitchen brigade to finish their dishes under real industry time frames. Once all meals were prepared and packaged ready for service the school hall kitchen was opened up for students to visit and buy a food option of their choice. All food SOLD OUT within 10 minutes, which made for a chaotic experience and one we will remember. Having to cook under the pressure of time and to please the students buying the dish was a difficult task for everyone. Overall, the experience of this food truck was one to remember; it was enjoyable, exciting and a positive learning experience that would stay with me and certainly all other Year 11 Hospitality students. Thank you, on behalf of the class, to Mrs Rowland and the TAS department and Mrs Vrahnos for helping facilitate the service period. Special thanks to Mrs Coleman and Mrs Kalaitzis for guiding us on this experience. 


Alexia Georgiou Year 11 Hospitality


Try a Trade Day for Beauty Services at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

Towards the end of Term 2 Georgia Sardellis and I attended the Try a Trade Day for Beauty Services at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC). The experience was both fun and informative. We were given information about the Beauty Services trade course. On the day, we had the opportunity to learn how to tint eyebrows and eyelashes, and we did luxurious facials on each other as we learnt about different massage techniques. Overall it was very enjoyable and we would consider studying this course for our HSC.

Georgia Milosevski Year 10


Buddha Bowls a success!

Year 12 Hospitality students made Buddha Bowls on Thursday 27 June. These are meals, served in a single bowl or high-rimmed plate, which consist of small portions of several foods, served cold. These include whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, plant proteins such as chickpeas or tofu, and vegetables and can also include seasoned pieces of lean chicken meat. The students sold the bowls to students and staff and raised $147 which will be donated to the 21 Smiles for Riley charity drive. Well done to Mrs Killorn and the Year 12 Hospitality students.



WSU – Design Portfolio Day

12 September

Parramatta South Campus

Western Sydney University’s Design Portfolio Day is an exceptional merit pathway for those wanting a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, digital media design, or design education. Students can attend an interview and show their original creative work to determine eligibility to receive an early offer into the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 12 September at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South campus. Find out more and register your interest.


UOW Early Admission

Opens 1 August

Closes 30 August

Applications for the 2019/2020 Early Admission program will open on Thursday 1 August at the UOW Early Admission website.  Any student who is completing their final year at an Australian high school is eligible to apply. More details will be communicated soon. In the meantime, UOW encourage students to register for updates so they can keep them across Early Admission key dates and application details.


Macquarie University Leaders and Achievers

  • 3 June – Applications open
  • 15 August – Offer round 1
  • 12 September – Offer round 2
  • 3 October – Offer round 3

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers is a new early-entry program that recognises a student’s academic performance alongside their extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership, community service and personal achievement. Year 12 students who meet the criteria are offered a place in their preferred degree before the HSC examinations.

How to apply – Students complete an online application and have a school representative endorse their application.


UTS – Women in Engineering and IT Cooperative Scholarship

Closes 8 September


  • Biomedical
  • Civil/ Civil Environmental
  • Data
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical/ Mechatronics
  • Software



This scholarship is proudly sponsored by Industry to increase the participation and retention of young women in engineering or information technology. The Women in Engineering and IT Cooperative Scholarship is a cooperative education program between the University and sponsoring organisations. The scholarship will include 3 periods of industry placement as well as mentoring, networking, leadership and professional development opportunities.


UCAT Medical Interview Preparation Workshops

3, 9, 10 November- Sydney

12 November – Newcastle

15 December – Sydney

5 January – Sydney

The unique NIE workshop program aims for students to gain an in-depth understanding and required knowledge of the medical interview processes for specific universities, including Multi-station Mini Interview (MMI), Structured, and Semi-structured panel interviews. The workshop is structured and based on the models that are taught during our proven one-on-one personalised medical interview sessions. The workshop will allow each and every attendee to learn the required skills and practical understanding for the uni from which they received an interview offer.


TAFE Degrees Early Entry Program

No matter what happens come December, with our Early Entry program you could receive a conditional TAFE NSW Degree offer.

Applications for the 2020 Early Entry Program will now open in August. You can register your interest to be one of the first students to secure your spot!


View TAFE Degrees



Community Services

Early Childhood

3D Art and Animation

Interior Design

Fashion Design

IT Data Infrastructure Engineer

Network Security

Property Valuation

Renewable Energy.


TAFE NSW student support helping students focus on studies and training 

When you study at TAFE NSW, you’re never alone. You can get help and assistance with nearly every aspect of your study life – from study support and student resources, to counselling, guidance, and help finding jobs or accommodation. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, the resources, the counselling and the facilities to help you focus on your studies and training.


HIA Building Trades Career Event

Select your nearest location. The HIA Trades Career Event is for people who are interested in careers in the building industry and there will experts on hand to give you great advice on entering this career.

Automotive Apprenticeship Vacancies 

Apprenticeships Are Us has over 50 automotive apprenticeship vacancies across all of Sydney and surrounding suburbs. Light Vehicle Mechanic, Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, Motorcycle Mechanic, Panel Beater, Spray Painter, Parts Interpreter. Contact Apprenticeships Are Us on 02 9891 6900 or Follow our Facebook page for constant updates – @apprenticeshipsrus



ICMS Scholarships and Sponsorships

Last year, ICMS and its industry partners awarded 82 scholarships, worth approximately $1.2 million, as part of the Professional Scholarship Program.


International College of Management, Sydney

Campus Tours – any time by appointment.


Macleay College – New Course – Diploma of Digital and Social Media Marketing

Macleay is excited to announce its new Diploma of Digital and Social Media Marketing course, launching in May.

With so many people online these days, it’s essential for businesses to communicate with their customers using digital and social media. That’s why this fully accredited 8-unit diploma is designed to take students from beginner to expert and allows them to be more competitive in the rapidly changing digital industry. Plus, it only takes seven months to complete.


ACAP – Changes to Admission Criteria

ACAP has changed its admission criteria for applicants. The changes are intended to enable ACAP to better assess each application on an individual, case-by-case basis.

As part of these changes, ATARs will no longer be considered as part of ACAP’s selection process. All applicants will now be required to undertake a screening interview, as well as meeting one of the following criteria:

  • successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • successful completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent)
  • successful admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian university (or equivalent)
  • be 21 years or above at the date of commencement.

For more information, contact ACAP.


Diploma of Film Applications Still Open

Sydney Film School. The next student intake at Sydney Film School is for our July 2019 semester. Applications for the Diploma of Screen and Media course are open now and we invite interested students to apply. For more information enquire at:

Become a Web Developer / Coder

We are excited to announce the launch of our Full Stack Web Developer course. This flexible program is designed around your work and life schedule. Built to get you a job as a full-stack software engineer. Get the benefits of 1-on-1 mentorship and a support team to help you secure employment after you graduate. Further details here:


Food Festival- Kenvale College – Open Day

3 August. 9am to 5pm

38 High St Randwick

Find out more about future career possibilities from our industry leaders. Get first-hand advice from our current students. Tour the campus and get your questions answered. More info: / 02 9314 6213


Barista and RSA Courses

Registration and more info, visit site below or for any questions, please contact us at / 02 9314 6213.



Sydney Youth Orchestra School Holiday Programs

SYO Holiday and Open Programs combine high standard music making, creativity, exploration and personal development. Now in its third year, the SYO Summer School has become a firm favourite of budding young musicians, music teachers and parents alike. SYO Holiday and Open Programs are packed with choir rehearsals, large ensemble playing, masterclasses and tutorials, music theory and info sessions, as well as the opportunity to make friends and have fun. If you’re interested in hearing about our school holiday programs please complete the below form. To update your preferences and hear about our concerts and other events please do so here:


Weather Seasons of Places

Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort St , Millers Point

Learners investigate the weather in this Geography/Science hands-on, experiment-based workshop to study the weather and seasonal markers in Sydney and at another place, Singapore. Using quantitative techniques, learners will explore temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and direction. They will use real meteorological instruments.


Discovery your Path to Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists play an important role in keeping people moving, whether it be for maximum performance in athletes and people with chronic health conditions. They also have an impact on patients who require rehabilitation after events such as surgery or a catastrophic accident. It can be rewarding to see patients reach their goals.


Join the NSW Community Fire Unit Program

A Community Fire Unit (CFU) is a team of local residents living in urban areas close to bushland who are supported by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to enhance their safety and resilience to bushfires. As a volunteer CFU member you will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your home ahead of the bushfire season. If you are 16 or 17 years old you can join a CFU if your parent or guardian is also a member of the CFU.


Eligibility Quiz for the NSW Police Force

Take the quiz to see if you may be eligible to commence an application to the NSW Police Force.


Bright Awards

Closes 1 November

If you like animation, games design, fashion design, photography, web design, interior design, graphic design.

The Bright Awards is a rare celebration of creative craft within secondary schools around Australia. Designed to highlight emerging young creative talent and brought to you by Torrens University.

Need another reason to enter? Your school could be in the running to win the Bright School of the Year Award, demonstrating the school’s ability to produce talented students in the fields of digital and traditional design. Each winner will receive $1,000 for themselves and $3,000 for their school. Entries for 2019 are now open.


Are you passionate about art? Art Gallery NSW – Youth Collective

Next round opens in September

Do you want to meet like-minded art lovers? Would you like to gain hands-on experience creating events and programs at the Art Gallery of NSW?

We are calling for arts and culture enthusiasts aged between 15 and 24 years to be part of the Art Gallery of NSW’s 2019 Youth Collective. We want to give YOU direct access to a kaleidoscope of art experiences and empower you with the skills you need to reach your goals.

The Youth Collective will work closely with Art Gallery of NSW staff, industry professionals and artists to produce FOMArt, a monthly program featuring interviews and talks, performances by young musicians, collaborative workshops with local artists… and more!




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator