Industry Liaison Officer


​​​​The Industry Liaison Officer’s (ILO) role is to administer, manage and monitor students who leave our campus to participate in External Programs that provide students with a Nationally Recognised Qualification and a QSA approved course. These include School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and External Courses (e.g. TAFE Queensland, Brisbane, Logan Lea, Springfield campuses).

​SATS – School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students to work for an employer, while gaining real life on the job experience, training towards a recognised qualification while complete their senior school studies.

Only students following a Vocational Pathway are eligible to participate in SATS.

A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

To be eligible to participate in the SATS Program student’s must, align in accordance with our School Vision “Inspirational Teaching & Inspired Learning” students wishing to represent FSCC must adhere strictly to these Attendance, Student code of conduct and Academic Policies. They must also acknowledge that it is their responsibility to catch up on any missed work due to being part of the SATS program.

Work experience / Trial for a position

As part of Flagstone State Community College commitment to learning, we offer a program of Work Experience, which enables our students to actively participate in real world, hands on experience in their chosen industry. This extends the students’ knowledge and skills in this industry and helps and assist them with future pathway options such as SETP interviews.

Flagstone State Community College offers students in Year 10, 11 & 12 the opportunity to participate in Work Experience this can be in either a 1 full week block or 1 day per week over 5 weeks in their chosen Industry. ​It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to seek out this work placement. The Industry Liaison will then organise paperwork and approval regarding this placement.

Please note: negotiate with the school prior to organising work experience, payment will not be made to students participating in work experience.

Students participate in Work Experience for two reasons.

  1. To trial for an advertised position once interviewed with an employer (this allows the employer time to assess the student and time for the student to see if the position is appropriate for them).
  2. To gain industry experience to ensure this is the area they would like to pursue for a career/qualification pathway.

To be eligible to participate in the Work Experience Program student’s school fees must be up to date. If you are unsure, please contact the Finance Department on (07)5547 9333. In accordance with our Responsible Behaviour Plan students wishing to represent Flagstone State Community College must adhere strictly to these Attendance, Student code of conduct and Academic Policies. They must also acknowledge that it is their responsibility to catch up on any missed work due to work commitments.

External courses

  • TAFE Qld – Schools Programs and External Intuitions

  • VETIS course, these are Certificate 2 courses such as Logis​tics, Automotive & Health

  • Available to Year 10, 11 & 12 students only​

  • Applications advertised though out the year

  • All applications must be administered and authorised by ILO or Senior Schooling HOD

If you find an accredited course you think your child could complete while they are still at school, please speak with ILO or Senior Schooling HOD for approval prior to enrolment.

Blue card – Working Children Check

This assesses a person’s eligibility to hold a blue card or exemption card based on their known past police and disciplinary information. This process also disqualifies certain people upfront and prevents people from working with children whose past behaviour indicates they are not eligible to enter regulated child-related employment.

Students can apply through the ILO and will need 2 forms of identification (one being a signature document – passport, learners/drivers licence, bank account card) Birth Certificate etc.

FAQs about SATS

​What’s the difference between a Traineeship and an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine training with working in a real job, being paid. An apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualifie4d tradesperson. Trades such as electrical, plumbing, cabinet-making and automotive mechanics are just a few trades available under the apprenticeship scheme. Students may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship when they finish school to allow them to complete the qualification.

A trainee is someone who is being trained in a vocational area. These vocational areas include, but are not limited to, business, information technology and hospitality. Upon completion of a traineeship you will be eligible to receive a minimum of a Certificate II in your chosen vocational area.

How long does a SAT last for?

  • ​Traineeship: 12 – 18months (longer if required)
  • Apprenticeship: up to 4 years full time (time at school – reduces your apprenticeship by up to 1 year – in conjunction with the theory component)
  • How do I find an Employer?
  • Available positions are advertised by ILO via student emails and student notices.
  • Ask Family & Friends Networks – these are the best resource – you may already know and trust them​
  • Approach local businesses that you would be happy to have your student work in
  • When can I start applying for a SAT?
  • Year 10 – after Year 10 work experience – students will have a better idea of what pathway they will be following
  • Year 11 – start anytime during Year 11 and finish by October Year 12
  • Year 12 – as close to start of the year as possible as the trainee needs to be finished by October to receive QCE points in time & student needs to complete 50 work days/ calendar year. Apprenticeships can be signed up as late as August in Year 12

Facts for students and parents

A flexible school program allows students to effectively combine a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) while studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) also provide opportunities to:

  • gain new skills, learn about workplaces, and develop confidence

  • work towards a vocational qualification that's recognised by industry and can count towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Young people and their parents or guardians are often surprised to find where a SAT can lead.

Facts for employers

Employing a SAT can be very rewarding. The SATs program can be part of an employer's recruitment strategy. SATs offer employers value for money. Benefits may include state and federal government incentives, depending on the location, industry and young person employed.

Advantages of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs)

SATs help young people to go places ... whether that's a full-time job, a trade career, TAFE or other training. The workplace skills and confidence they gain during their SAT provide a solid foundation for any career. Some of the advantages of SATs include:

  • ​More flexibility and variety The variety provided by school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) can have enormous benefits for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways. SATs can contribute to a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).​

  • Head start in a career Young people employed as school-based apprentices and trainees develop workplace skills, knowledge, confidence and competitive edge when applying for jobs. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) can lead directly to full-time employment once a student has left school.

  • Nationally recognised qualifications All school-based apprentices and trainees participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher vocational qualification.

  • An opportunity to learn and earn School-based apprentices and trainees are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence, and adapt to a work environment.

  • Vocational education, training qualifications and competencies are recorded as part of the QCE. The QCE records students' qualifications and achievements when the student finishes school.

  • Some students complete traineeships while they're at school, which means they leave school with a QCE and a nationally recognised vocational certificate. Others go on to finish their apprenticeship or traineeship either full-time or part-time after they have left school.

If you need more assistance with any of the above information, please contact:

Amanda Jones - ILO FSCC

​Telephone: (07)5547 9333


Last reviewed 10 June 2021
Last updated 10 June 2021