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Careers and VET Services


The Year 10 introductory VET Semester 2 courses have now started and around eighty students have chosen to explore an industry pathway in:

  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Metal Engineering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Sports Coaching
  • Electrical

These courses lead into a Certificate 2 or 3 next year in Year 11.


Year 12 students completing their education this year are eligible to apply for apprenticeships or traineeships commencing in 2022 with SANTOS. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work and training, with a commitment to complete a qualification as part of the apprenticeship.

SANTOS is a large Australian Company based in Adelaide however these apprenticeships are in the field in various locations across Australia. For more information click here.

As students begin to think about subjects for 2022, please contact me if you have any questions regarding VET options at kevin.woolford@smc.sa.edu.au or ph: 8150 2351.


In partnership with the Government of South Australia’s ‘Skilling South Australia initiative’, Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) and Naval Group Australia have developed this program, aiming to boost female participation in the ‘Attack Class’ submarine workforce and therefore support women in an exciting new career of welding.

This short program offers entry level accredited training, at no cost, in skills needed to start a career as a top-class welder. Participants who then choose to pursue a welding career, will have the opportunity to be considered for a new intake of Naval Group Australia welding apprenticeships, commencing a pathway to a decades-long career working on ‘Attack Class’ submarines.

MAS National has also joined Naval Group Australia and ATEC to support candidates wanting to enter a welding career through other fields, by linking candidates through their national apprenticeship network database.

This program commences in early September 2021, running for a total of ten days over a 3 week period and is located in the north-west suburbs of Ottoway and Rosewater. The program will consist of both theory and practical components to familiarise participants with the tools and tasks of professional welding through hands-on experience and a first-hand introduction into to the industry.

All participants will be provided with the required learning resources & equipment, including textbooks, uniform & PPE free of charge.

Please click here and here for more information.


St Patrick’s Technical College is holding an open night on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Registrations for the event are essential, please click here for more information.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator


Year 10 students attended a subject selection assembly and received a package of resources to assist in their decision making. Parents/caregivers have also received a video link to the Year 10 Parent Subject Selection Presentation. In PLP, students are engaging in extensive career planning to underpin subject selections. Students need to submit their blue subject selection form by Wednesday 18 August.

This year we have the extensive Careers and Vet Portal accessible on SEQTA by clicking on the black and green tile. It is the gateway to answering most career questions. In terms of the extra support, we invite students who still require assistance to book in for a 30-minute time slot with one of the Career Counsellors (Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris in the LEC). There is a pre-appointment form to fill in before the first appointment to ensure students are well prepared to make the most of this time (this will be available via the front desk in the LEC when booking an appointment). Parents are welcome to attend at the scheduled time. The subject selection process culminates in a subject counselling session where students and their parents participate in/attend a ten-minute review discussion of their subject choices to finalise selections. If students need help considering pathways they need to do the research and seek help in the next week. Year 10 families may even consider registering for some of the “Open Day” events listed below.

Given the opportunity for individual appointments is quite tight and counsellors are not generally free to take direct phone calls, we welcome any email questions: rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au and anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au. For Vocational Education questions, please contact kevin.woolford@smc.sa.edu.au


The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) have many rescheduled events. AFF Youth Online will go for two weeks from Wednesday 25 August until Wednesday 8 September. The AFF Youth Creative Industries Day, comprising of a Creative Industries Expo and Industry Sessions, will take place on Wednesday 15 September at Tandanya.

Whilst we may not be able to organise a school excursion to this event, those interested may want to attend with a family member.

General Admission ticketing: Expo only ticket: $10+BF  Click here to purchase.
Industry Session tickets*: $10+BF Purchase via the links below.
*Entry to the Expo is free with the purchase of an Industry Session ticket

Creative Industries Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Held in the main room of Tandanya NACI, exhibitors include:

Industry Sessions
Running throughout the day are interactive Industry Session workshops. Each session will feature a leading screen creative from the local SA filmmaking community, who will give insight into their creative industries job and the skills, techniques and experiences required to leap ahead in your own trailblazing career!

9:45am – 10:45am – Cinematography with Daniel Charlton (Pro AV Solutions). Tickets here.

9:45am – 10:45am – A Career in Games with Hannah Murdoch (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – SFX: Prosthetic Makeup & Props (Media Makeup Academy). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – Game Design with Mark Riley & Emma Losin (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Working in VFX on Hollywood Productions with Nick Pill (Rising Sun Pictures). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Writing for Games with Francis Warner, James O’Connor and Krystle Penhall (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – The Intersection between Dance and the Screen with Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Writing and Directing Shorts with Leela Varghese (ABC TV). Tickets here.

Attendance at this day would be entirely the parents/caregivers choice as it means missing lessons and students must commit to catching up.


If you want to be inspired about careers in International Hospitality, investigate ICHM based here at Regency Park. Students can register to attend a Discovery Day to learn more. Click here for more information.

Click here to view a video of St Michael’s College old scholar, Georgia Noll (2015), who has recently graduated from ICHM with a Bachelor of Business and Hospitality Management.

Let us hope those opportunities to experience all those international placements comes around soon!


Students have now received their 2022 SATAC packages. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to view the Year 12 Parent SATAC Video and some of the live links in the PowerPoint on the Careers and VET Portal under Important Information, Careers Presentation. We will be presenting to Year 12 students interested on University or TAFESA pathways in 2022 on the afternoon of Monday 9 August. For students at VET on Monday, we have arranged a catch up session on Thursday 12 August at lunchtime.

The applications for TAFESA opened on Monday 2 August. For some courses that become competitive during the application cycle, (i.e. more applications than places) the offers are based on date of application. Last year Nursing hit this stage in the first two weeks. As such, any student interested in applying for a TAFESA course, can book in with one of the counsellors immediately to get assistance if required. Click here for more information.

It is very important students engage in as many relevant open day events as they can and registering ASAP. Many sessions for Sunday 15 August are already booked out. See below for more information.

Students aiming for an apprenticeship or employment at the end of 2021 need to be ensuring their resumes are up to date and well “packed” with employability skills, work history and work experience. Many apprenticeships advertised on seek list a Drivers Licence as key criteria. Students have one more opportunity in the Term 3 holidays to undertake a block of Work Experience, see below for more information.


During mid-August there will also be University Open Days where students and families can check in “virtually” and in person (to be confirmed) at South Australian universities. To participate in these events, you need to register in advance.

There will be an online Open Day on 11 August from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Registration is required ASAP.
There will be an in person (to be confirmed) Open Day on Sunday 15 August. Registration is required ASAP.
There are timetabled talks and other activities. Click here for more information or visit the other helpful links below:

Resources for Year 12 students
Preference guides for undergraduate entry
Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health Admissions Guides
Pathways to university

Book in ASAP for the online Open Day on 2 August or in person (to be confirmed) Sunday 15 August at the City East/ West Campus. Click here for more information. There are many other events in person and online over the month of August. You will need to register in advance for all. They are covering a variety of courses and all the different UniSA Campuses. Click here

Flinders have produced a link as to how to prepare to make the most of Open Days: Click here. Flinders will be stretching out their in-person and virtual online Open Days over Friday and Saturday, 13 to 14 August. There will be over 60 video presentations, virtual and in-person campus tours and prizes to be won. You are encourage to register as soon as possible by clicking here.

Virtual Open Day
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AEST)
Register: Click here

Central Queensland University has a campus here in Adelaide and offers interesting courses like Bachelor of Accident Forensics. Their interactive virtual Open Day us on Saturday 31 July. Click here for more information.

Rolling virtual open events will be held from Monday 6 September. Click here for more information.

To register for the AIE open day, or find out more information on AIE’s free events, please click here. They will also be talking about their new Film & Virtual Production course!





  • The next scheduled week for Work Experience is during the first week of Term 3 holidays, Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October.
  • Students must return the completed Workplace Learning Agreement Form and the Work, Health & Safety Checklist to Ms Tidd tidd@smc.sa.edu.au in the LEC by Week 7 (Thursday 2 September).
  • Students will then be booked in for a risk assessment with Mr Vizaniaris once the completed 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 this term may have to rearrange their placement for the allocated weeks in Term 4, weeks 7 and 8.
  • No placements can be authorised after 3 December 2021, so if students need to meet VET requirements, it should be a priority to complete the required hours in the Term 3 holiday period.
  • Please contact Mr Vizaniaris if you have any questions: anthony.vizaniaris@smc.sa.edu.au

Saturday 7 August 2021
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST

Set your schedule to be free this Saturday at 12:00 pm AEST time to join the EducationUSA U.S. Higher Education Virtual Fair 2021 to chat with representatives from 45 accredited United States colleges and universities. Ask questions that will help you define your priorities. For more information, to review the list of colleges and universities and to register visit please click here and for other information about studying in the United States, follow their Facebook page here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors