JMC Academy Brisbane Short Courses
JMC will offer the following six short courses during the school holidays in January 2018: Audio, Character Design, Introduction to Visual Design, Insta-Pro Marketing Boot Camp, Pop Songwriting & Production and Script to Screen. Ticket price ranges are between $180 - $360 per person (this cost includes lunch and a light snack) with a 20% Early Bird discount applied until 5:00pm on Monday 27 November 2017. For more information & to register click here.
Interested in nursing?
Come to the Mater Education Open Day. Mater Education, located in South Brisbane, offers health science related courses, including the Diploma of Nursing, Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance & Certificate III in Health Services Assistance. Applications are now open for the January 2018 intake. Interested students are encouraged to explore these courses at the Mater Education Open Day to be held from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday 21 October 2017. Mater Education offers scholarships for eligible students from a refugee or Indigenous background.
A Day in the Navy
Have you thought about a career in the Navy? Why not come to 'A Day in the Navy' at HMAS Moreton on Saturday 21 October for an action-packed day. You’ll have the chance to find out how you can use your Science & Mathematical skills across a range of Engineering, Technical & Submariner roles available in the Navy. The day will include interactive Science & Engineering challenges, trade & Engineering Careers tents, the Submariner Specialist team & a Virtual Reality Kit for an immersive experience. Come aboard & speak to ADF Personnel about the amazing opportunities available in the Navy!
Sessions times are 10.00am & 12.00pm. Each session will run for 1 - 2 hours. Please ensure that you bring photo ID on the day or entry will be refused. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You MUST register to attend this event at www.events.defencejobs.gov.au/event/8ZO3EG/.
Cotton Gap is an amazing opportunity for school leavers to experience a year working in unique rural & remote regions of Australia on cotton farms which will allow you work while learning new skills. It is facilitated by Cotton Australia & ran for the first time last year. Training is provided. For more information click here.
ADF Future Leaders Networking Evening
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) combines military and leadership training with a world-class degree from the University of New South Wales for the future leaders of Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force. You are invited to join us for an evening of special presentations, panel discussions, networking and canapés.
When: Tuesday 17 October
Where: City Golf Club, Toowoomba
The evening will provide an opportunity for you & your guardian to interact with ADFA Graduates & discover how you can become a world-class leader through the Australian Defence Force Academy. Please register online using this link: http://events.defencejobs.gov.au/event/DOYOHP/.
Stress less over year 12 results
The Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) (formerly known as the Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway - TPPIP) is an intensive program offered over Semester 3. The program will assist you to become a successful university student by developing your academic skills before you start your degree. It will help you transition from school to university in a supportive, on-campus, adult learning environment. AEPP is for you if you are in Year 12 & you:
· Did not undertake an OP at school & want to go to university
· Are unsure if your OP will get you into the USQ program you want to do
· Want to gain entry to a degree program at USQ
· Want an introduction to how to study at university level
· Want to find out more about university to see if it is for you
AEPP is a fee-free program if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, or a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder. Successful completion of AEPP will provide you with the English subject pre-requisite required for USQ degrees & ensure you are eligible to apply for a wide range of USQ undergraduate degrees. You will complete two subjects specially designed to help you transition into university studies. You will be expected to attend two, two-week on-campus workshops, in addition to your own home/online study in between.
For more information click here.
Get a Head Start at USQ
If you are a high-achieving Year 10 or 11 student why not take the opportunity to start uni early with USQ's Head Start program over Semester 3 2017? Take advantage of having no school work over the summer holidays & choose courses from the following: Business & Commerce, Creative Arts & Media, Education, Engineering & Built Environment, Health & Community, Humanities & Communication, Information Technology, Law & Justice & Sciences.
Click here for more information.
Closing date for Head Start applications for Semester 3 2017 is Monday 23 October 2017. Closing date for Semester 1 2018 is 5 February 2018.
Apply for a USQ Scholarship
How great would it be to start university in 2018 without worrying about money? USQ has scholarships available to help ease the financial burden of studying. Some scholarships also give you work experience & mentoring opportunities! Head over to www.usq.edu.au/scholarships to view what's available.
Application closing date for Semester 1 2018 is Friday 27 October 2017.
Careers of the Future
According to the Foundation for Young Australian’s, the world of work will look vastly different to the world of work you currently experience. Robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, working remotely, & increase in digital work…many things will change - even within the next 10 years. According to their recent New Work Smarts report, you can expect the following to occur by 2030:
· Automation & globalization will change what we do in every job.
· Within the next 10 years, many jobs will no longer exist
· Teenagers can expect to work for an average of 17 employers over their lifetime across 5 different careers.
· Workers will spend 100% more time solving problems, 30% more time learning and 77% more time using STEM skills (science, technology, maths, engineering) than the same jobs demand now.
· Workers will spend more time getting value out of technology & use more digital skills (e.g., updating websites)
· Workers will be more flexible and independent in the workplace.
· With globalization, more workers will collaborate with people around the world.
· Workers will spend less time on routine & manual tasks due to automation, & more time focused on people, solving strategic problems & thinking creatively.
Click here to download the full report.
2018 BMO Traineeships
BMO Accountants in Dalby offer an exciting traineeship program for school leavers to study part time or externally while working fulltime in their accountancy practice. They are looking for the best and the brightest to join their multi-generational team in 2018 in a thriving town that will be only 45 minutes from Toowoomba when the new range crossing is completed next year.
For more information and to apply for the traineeship click here.
Defence University Sponsorship
Apply for a role in the Navy, Army or Air Force while still studying for a degree at any accredited university in Australia. If you are accepted for sponsorship you will join your chosen Service then concentrate on your studies, while enjoying a salary & many other benefits such as a guaranteed job on graduation, assistance with HELP fees, textbook reimbursement, subsidised accommodation, free dental & medical care & professional development.
For a list of courses that qualify & how to apply click here.
TAFE Trade Tasters
TAFE Queensland is holding a series of Trade Taster programs in Toowoomba. This activity is offered to Year 10 students considering one of the five industry areas on offer including: Health, Rural Operations, Engineering, Automotive and Electrotechnology. Activities offered over each two day Trade Taster program include an industry tour, the completion of the Discover My Career powered by Harrison tool & hands-on workshop sessions delivered by qualified TAFE Queensland teachers & trainers. Sessions run over two days 9am - 2.30pm at Tafe South West in Toowoomba. The sessions on offer are:
Electrotechnology: Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 October 2017.
Aurora Training Vet in Schools Course Guide
Vocational Education & Training in Schools (VETiS) focuses on delivering qualifications to provide students with the skills & knowledge required for specific industries. All Queensland secondary school students in Years 10, 11 & 12 can access VET within any recognised qualification across a range of industries in a school environment. Aurora offers certificate 2 courses in Telecommunications Technology, Tourism, Hospitality, Kitchen Operations & Community Services.
Study a Diploma of Business at Aurora Training
Successful completion of a diploma qualification at Aurora Training Institute will result in an OP score of approximately OP 9, which may qualify you for entry into many bachelor degrees at an Australian university. Aurora Training Institute has articulation agreements in place with some of Australia’s top universities, including Southern Cross University, Griffith University & USQ. There are no prerequisites for entry & if you start now you will complete the course in time to apply for university in Semester 2 or 3 next year. For more information click here or see Student Reception.
Vantage Automotive Apprenticeship Program
Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a major provider of government funded vocational learning & outsourced services to major vehicle manufacturers with an extensive client list across Australia. Brands include Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Subaru, Skoda, VW & Volvo. For over a decade, Vantage Automotive has placed thousands of young job seekers into a rewarding & fulfilling career with the automotive industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in Australia, not taking part in full-time education. Entry requirements are flexible because apprenticeships aren't just based on academic achievement. Practical skills count & your interest in the area of work you’ve chosen & Employers value keenness to work & keenness to learn. Recruitment for 2018 has already begun & many dealerships across Australia already seeking the brightest apprentices for their workshops.
For more information & to apply click here.
Study Education at ACU
The Australian Catholic University National School of Education (in the Faculty of Education and Arts) is the largest tertiary educator of teachers in Australia, with 7 campuses spread across 3 states (Qld, NSW & VIC) & the ACT. They also have campuses in Rome & New York & offer students an opportunity to study part of their course overseas at these exciting destinations. They graduate job-ready, quality teachers for all sectors (early childhood, primary and secondary) & all systems (State, Catholic & Independent) & during their program students can acquire the necessary accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic, Lutheran & Anglican schools across Australia. In fact students come to ACU to study these religious education specialisations from all other Qld universities. The current 4 year primary pre-service program is unique among Qld universities as students will graduate with a specialisation in literacy or numeracy or inclusion/diversity & they are currently developing other specialisations to ensure primary graduates have a depth of knowledge in at least one significant content area aligned with the needs of primary schools and students. Students can also study a Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood) that incorporates both Primary and Early Childhood in the one program to make them doubly attractive to schools. ACU secondary students can major in any Australian Key Learning Area and we also have unique double degrees such as the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science; Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science.
Alternate pathway for Year 12s
UQ’s Associate Degree in Business is a four trimester course offered by UQ College on the St Lucia campus. There are no subject prerequisites and completion of the course to a specific standard provides entry into the fourth semester of UQ’s Bachelor of Business Management or programs at other universities. Application for this course is made through QTAC and the cut off for entry in 2017 was OP 16/Rank 65.
For more information click here.
Bachelor of Education
From 2018 entry onwards, all applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. Academic capability may be measured by:
· senior secondary (Year 12) results
· successful prior study at university or VET level that demonstrates relevant academic ability
· successful completion of appropriate prior professional qualifications
· approved admissions tests.
Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on the submission of a 1000-word personal statement. In their personal statement, applicants address two categories in which they describe their work & life experiences that demonstrate the AITSL competencies and their understanding of & motivations about the course they are applying for.
For more information click here.
Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme
If you're an elite athlete & you're applying to QUT, you can apply for this scheme to receive a bonus of up to three OP points or six ranks. This might help you get into the course you want even if your original OP or rank does not meet the cut-off. You're eligible for QUT Elite athlete special entry scheme if you are involved in demanding training or travelling as part of your commitments in an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised sport & at least one of these applies to you:
· you're in a state development squad or team
· you're in a state team or an individual competing in national level competitions
· you're in a national development squad or team
· you're in a national team or an individual competing in international competitions
· you're a coach for a state or national squad or team, or a referee in national or international competitions.
Athletes from non-ASC recognised sports are still encouraged to apply & may be considered at the discretion of the Elite Athlete Program Committee.
For more information click here.
TAFE at School 2018
Registration for the Tafe at School Program for 2018 is now open. If you are a year 10, 11 or 12 student you're eligible to participate in the TAFE at School program. You can choose from a number of exciting & varied certificate II & certificate III courses. Best of all, a TAFE at School course can be achieved in conjunction with your senior studies & can count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Completing a TAFE at School course is also a great way to open up new pathways. You can pick up a Course Guide from Student Reception or register using the following link & password:
Students must provide their USI number & a valid parent email when registering preferences for 2018. Some courses do fill quickly so get in quick.
Have you considered studying cybersecurity?
If you love maths, IT, solving problems, thinking ‘outside the square’ & working as part of a team, then you may be suited to working in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in information & communication technologies. Demand for skilled professionals is booming with the rise of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, device interconnectivity & global cyber terrorism. Graduates can work in industries such as national security, banking & finance, telecommunications, health care, retail, & law & specialists can earn excellent salaries. Deakin University in Victoria offers a Bachelor of Cybersecurity, USQ offers a Bachelor of IT (Networking & Security) & most other universities offer Security as a minor or major course or elective as part of a Bachelor of Information Technology.
Qantas Apprenticeship Program
Qantas Engineering offers a variety of exciting indentured aircraft maintenance & other trade apprenticeships. They offer you the opportunity to train & gain experience in a world class organisation & become a qualified & highly trained tradesperson. Qantas offers a variety of apprenticeships across various maintenance facilities however opportunities differ from year to year & may not be available in all trades or all locations. Apprenticeships are based at Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane Airports. Vacancies are generally posted on the Qantas website in September/October.
For more information click here.
Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award
This award is presented to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential & academic & sporting achievements achieved during Year 11. The award includes a tablet device & certificate for you, along with a plaque for your school. There are up to 50 awards available on behalf of the Navy, Army & Air Force, which will be presented to suitable applicants who have applied for entry to the Australia Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Current Year 11 students have until 28 February 2018 to apply for this award. The award is unbonded, meaning you do not have to accept an offer to attend ADFA.
For more information & how to apply click here.
UQ Rural Access Scheme
The Rural Access Scheme supports applicants from Australian rural & regional areas by boosting their entry score for a number of undergraduate programs. Rural areas of Australia often have restricted or limited access to educational opportunities, resources & health services compared with those available in cities or larger towns. To help address these challenges, & if eligible, two bonus points will be added onto your entry rank for the following programs:
- Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
- Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
- Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).
Please note that bonus points are not added onto OP scores. Each OP score is converted to an entry rank – & bonus points are added to these. Students are then assessed based on their new rank but still have to meet all the criteria for each program you apply for.
To be considered a student from a rural background, you must have lived in a geographic region classified as:
- Remoteness Area 2 (RA2)
- Remoteness Area 3 (RA3)
- Remoteness Area 4 (RA4)
- Remoteness Area 5 (RA5)
Remoteness Areas are defined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) system. There is a searchable map of Australia that allows you to view the ASGC Remoteness Area classification of the region where you live. It doesn’t matter when you lived in one of these areas – you are eligible for any period of your life (i.e. from birth onwards). A rural residential property must have been your principal home address. Holiday homes, secondary residences and investment properties don’t qualify. Students who attended boarding school are allowed to use their family’s primary residence as their qualifying address.
For the link to the ASGC website or for more information click here.
ADF Gap Year 2018
A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a great way to get a feel for an exciting career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends & developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere. Applicants must have completed year 12 (or equivalent) & be aged between 18 & 24 years old as of 1 September 2018 (Navy), 31 May 2018 (Army) or 31 May 2018 (Air Force). Gap year is a unique opportunity to get a feel for a career in the Services, without committing to a longer period. In a Gap Year role you'll:
· Learn practical and leadership skills
· Enjoy a healthy and varied lifestyle
· Get fit and participate in numerous sports
· Meet new people and make great friends
· Earn a good salary plus generous Super
· Benefit from free medical and dental
For more information & how to apply click here. Applications for Gap Year 2019 will open in March 2018.
UQ Accommodation guarantee for new students
If you are a new regional, interstate or international student at the St Lucia or Herston campuses in 2018 UQ can guarantee you a place at one of their approved accommodation providers or residential colleges before you arrive in Brisbane. To be eligible you:
· will be studying in Brisbane for the first time as an international, regional or interstate student at UQ's St Lucia or Herston campus
· have accepted your UQ offer or if you are on an ICTE-UQ or IES Foundation Year packaged offer and are in Brisbane
· are at least 18 years old at the time of taking up the place of residence (if you are under 18 please refer to our Under 18 Supervision Program)
· will be living as an individual student
For more information click here. Applications for Semester 1 2018 will open in late October 2017.
Need help choosing the right Higher Education Institution?
The Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching (QILT) website helps you make informed decisions about future study by allowing you to compare up to six different institutions & study areas, based on undergraduate student experiences. The QILT website brings together data from surveys completed by more than 100,000 university students around Australia. You can create your own shortlist to compare the different study areas and/or institutions. Go to www.qilt.edu.au for more information.
Fee-Free Training for school leavers
Year 12 graduates in Queensland can access fee-free training in high priority areas if they start training with an approved training provider within a year of completing year 12. The training is available through a range of certificate III level vocational education & training courses in:
Arts & Entertainment
Sports & Recreation
Textile, Clothing & Footwear
To view the qualification descriptions click here.
To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:
· have completed Year 12 in Queensland & hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority or equivalent certificate that confirms you have completed Year 12 in Queensland
· enrol & start training with an approved training provider by 31 December the end of the calendar year following the completion of Year 12
· live permanently in Queensland.
For more information click here. go to www.training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/year12-fee-free.
Griffith Popular Music experience days 2017
Explore the opportunities of this unique program during the School experience day. Discover what the student experience is like & talk to Bachelor of Popular Music lecturers & current students.
YEAR 10 and 11 STUDENTS ONLY
· Thursday 26 October from 9:30am to 2:30pm
· Friday 27 October from 9:30am to 2:30pm
A light luncheon is included. Please note due to the popularity of these programs, numbers from each school will be strictly limited. For more information contact email@example.com or click here.
If you're in high school & want a hands-on crash course in popular music, check out Queensland Conservatorium's week-long Rock School. Attend a series of workshops from experts in stagecraft & live sound, song writing, performance & recording, all in their industry-standard, multi-million dollar popular music facilities on the Gold Coast campus. Learn how to set up a live sound system, & how to use computer music technologies to enhance your creative work. Meet & interact with other talented young musicians, & learn how to use the current conditions of the popular music industry to your advantage.
The five day program culminates in a concert that friends & family may attend, & you'll receive a recording of your work.
WHEN: Monday 8 - Friday 12 January 2018
WHERE: Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Southport
APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online. Applications close Wednesday 1 November 2017.
There are 25 places in the program, so early application is advised. Late applications will not be accepted. You will be advised of your application outcome by Friday 10 November 2017.
COST: $535 payable by Friday 1 December 2017
A non-refundable $25 application fee is also payable when you apply. You will be directed to Griffith Pay for this fee once you have submitted your online application. Due to high demand, failure to pay the full fee by the due date will result in your place being forfeited. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Special Admission Schemes to Universities
There are several government, institution & private schemes that can provide financial assistance to students.
Year 12 subject bonus schemes
You may get bonus ranks/Ops for successfully completing specific Year 12 subjects. The bonuses are added to your OP or Year 12 selection rank, & can make you more competitive.
· To get Year 12 subject bonuses, you must be a current Year 12 student.
· Institutions decide which subjects they give bonuses for, & how many.
Year 12 subject bonuses aren't added to selection ranks for other qualifications such as certificates III or IV or music qualifications etc.
Access and equity schemes
Access and equity schemes can help you access and manage the costs of tertiary education. Through access and equity schemes, institutions may offer you:
· scholarships, bursaries and other financial assistance
· bonus ranks/OPs
· support services.
You may be eligible for access and equity schemes if you have experienced financial hardship or educational disadvantage.
Regional preference schemes
Some institutions give you bonus ranks/OPs for being a local resident, or for living in a regional or remote area. Institutions add bonuses to your OP/selection rank, which can make you more competitive.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schemes
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you have access to special entry schemes & support services. For most schemes, you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander on your QTAC application. For others, you must apply through the institution.
For more information go to your preferred institutions website or visit the QTAC website.
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE)
If you are considering applying for a student exchange program, you & your parents are encouraged to attend one of the SCCE information sessions. The sessions are designed to give students & parents a realistic overview of the process, the countries, the experience & the benefits of combining learning & friendship through student exchange. SCCE staff run the presentations & are happy to answer any questions you might have. Returned students & their parents talk about their experiences & are also available for questions & international students on exchange in Australia share their thoughts & experiences with the audience.
Major topics covered include:
· Best time to go
· Selection process
· Which country suits
· Program lengths
· Host families
· Host schools
· Program prices
· And results
All information sessions take place from 7.00pm - 9.00pm at Ruth Fairfax House, 89-95 Gregory Tce, Brisbane. 2017 dates are:
Tuesday 17 October
Tuesday 14 November
For more information click here.
Sunday 3 December - Friday 8 December
For more details click here.
Young Endeavour Youth Development Voyage
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is a not for profit organisation which provides young Australians with a unique, challenging & inspirational experience at sea. The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is run in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy & is supported by Commonwealth funding & private donations. Young Endeavour undertakes around 20 voyages each year, mostly along the east & south coasts of Australia. Each voyage we embark 24 young Australians - the youth crew - & nine specially trained Royal Australian Navy crew, usually for an eleven day adventure at sea. Young Endeavour Youth Development Program voyages are open to Australian youth aged 16-23 on the day of departure of each voyage.
Successful applicants must:
· be Australian citizens or permanent residents
· be aged 16-23 years on the day of departure of the selected voyage
· weigh less than 120kg
· be able to swim 50 metres
· be in good health
The ballot is now open for applications for Youth Development voyages sailing through to May 2018. Voyage berths are allocated by ballot & through the Scholarship Program. For more information or to enter the ballot click here.
Apply now for your chance to set sail on the voyage of a lifetime!!