Cadet Program Overview

Australian Trade College North Brisbane’s Cadet Program is a unique one semester program that provides Year 10 students with the opportunity to get hands on experience in a range of trade subject areas and make an informed choice about a preferred pathway for Years 11 and 12! The Cadet Program is ideal for students who may already have an interest in a specific trade area, as well as those students who aren’t sure about what trade pathway they want to pursue. Cadets get to experience an extensive range of the College’s trade offerings and find out what it would be like to pursue a career in their trade area of choice.

How does the Cadet Program work?

Commencing annually in semester 2, the Cadet Program combines our Essential Learning subjects of English (literacy), Mathematics (numeracy), Business studies and Industry Preparation across three days and then two days of ‘hand-on’ trade work in our on-site training organisation. Trade options include:

  •         Automotive
  •         Commercial Cookery
  •         Construction / Cabinet Making
  •         Early Childhood Education & Care
  •         Electrotechnology
  •         Hairdressing and Barbering
  •         Health Services
  •         Information Technology
  •         Metal Fabrication / Engineering
  •         Plumbing

Cadet students will complete the program throughout the entire duration of semester 2 and are enrolled as full time students at the Australian Trade College North Brisbane.

Who is eligible for the Cadet Program?

To be eligible to participate in the Cadet Program, students must be in Year 10 and enrolled at a Queensland secondary school and be at least 15 years of age. Further eligibility criteria may apply. 

What are the benefits of the Cadet Program?

The Cadet Program provides Year 10 students with a unique opportunity to get a head start in pursuing a trade career. For those students who aren’t sure about what career pathway they may want to pursue, the Cadet Program provides them with the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ in a range of trade areas and really experience what it would be like to train and work in the industry. And for those students who already have an idea about the pathway they want to pursue, the Cadet Program provides an excellent platform for them to get started!

The Cadet Program includes a block of structured industry work experience, ensuring that students can experience what it’s really like in the workplace and understand the expectations of employers.

At the completion of the Cadet Program, students will be equipped with the knowledge and experience to make a well informed decision about which trade area they want to pursue in Years 11 and 12.

What happens at the completion of the Cadet Program?

Students who successfully complete the Cadet Program will be offered continuing enrolment for Year 11 at Australian Trade College North Brisbane in the trade area of their choosing, providing the best platform to continue to work towards building their career and become ‘work ready’.