The Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) provides a three-year program for young people in Years 10 to 12 that focusses on developing character and values, academic and enterprise skills, employability skills and industry readiness. The AITC program is designed to progressively develop employability skills and achieve individualised learning goals, whilst also meeting the requirements of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The College aims to seamlessly blend senior education and vocational training to engage young people in purposeful learning experiences with real world industry relevance.
When can you start at the AITC?
Young people can commence at the College in January or July in year 10 or 11 (year 1 or 2 of the program) or in January of year 12 (year 3 of the program).
To gain the most out of the AITC experience, it is recommended that families contact the College early in the year prior to Year 10.
Designed for students new to the AITC, the 10-week Rookies’ Program is a transition course that welcomes and prepares young people to the unique AITC model. The program includes training in workplace health and safety, character and values, employability skills, and the importance of community, as well as literacy and numeracy for work.
The program aims to equip rookies with the skills and tools they need to excel at school and in the industry of their choice. Years 11 and 12 rookies will also commence their vocational education training.
Upon completion of the Rookies’ Program, young people – also referred to as team members – enter the regular AITC program structure, where each term features a 5-week education block and a 5- to 7-week industry block.
Each term, team members spend five to seven weeks engaged in a range of work-based experiences that enhance their learning when they participate in training and employment as an apprentice or trainee. Industry Block is made up of a range of industry-based experiences and an employability skills program:
- Mentoring/Coaching: Industry Consultants from the AITC work with young people to guide them through the employment process and provide assistance in areas such as resume writing, making phone calls to employers, and interview techniques.
- Trade Taster: The AITC partners with local organisations to provide the opportunity for young people to sample a range of trades.
- Pre-Employment Training: Before young people engage in work placement, they engage in a structured training program to learn the basic skills they need to be able to participate safely and productively. This training is at a Certificate I or II level, delivered by a registered training organisation.
- Work Placements: Our young people engage in a range of work placements to engage them in their industry of choice. These vary in length, give young people real world experience in the workplace, and establish connections that may launch careers.
- Employability Skills Training: Based upon the Core Skills for Work Framework, this training is embedded within the College’s onsite and offsite program to provide the foundation skills young people need to be successful in the workplace.
Most young people at the AITC undertake a three-year education program to complete their senior school certificate. The education block runs for 5 weeks each term.
Year One (Year 10)
- Literacy: AITC Literacy for Work (Terms 1 and 2) and QCAA Literacy (Terms 3 and 4) assist young people to develop their reading, writing, oral communication and learning skills in line with the Australian Curriculum Year 10 English standards.
- Numeracy: AITC Numeracy for Work (Terms 1 and 2) and QCAA Numeracy (Terms 3 and 4) develop mathematical information, mathematical processes, problem-solving and learning skills in line with the Australian Curriculum Year 10 Maths standards.
- Science: Introductory Biology (Term 1), Chemistry (Term 2) and Physics (Term 3) develop a young person’s understanding of core concepts, models and theories related to the biological, chemical and physical sciences.
Year Two (Year 11)
- Literacy: Explore how meaning is communicated in contemporary texts developed for and used in a work context while completing Essential English Units 1 (Terms 1 and 2) and 2 (Terms 3 and 4).
- Numeracy: Essential Mathematics Units 1 (Terms 1 and 2) and 2 (Terms 3 and 4) include topics such as graphs, data, money and travel, and how they can be applied in real-world settings.
- Vocational Education: Completion of ICT20115 – Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Terms 1 to 3), and commencement of BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business (Term 4). Courses are tailored to reflect the needs of young tradespeople as they embark on a career in industry and include topics in financial management, MYOB, manage a micro-business, and electronic communication.
Year Three (Year 12)
- Literacy: Essential English Units 3 (Terms 1 and 2) and 4 (Terms 3 and 4) explore community, local and/or global issues and ideas presented in a range of texts that invite an audience to take up positions.
- Numeracy: Essential Mathematics Units 3 (Terms 1 and 2) and 4 (Terms 3 and 4) include topics such as measurement, scales, plans and loans.
- Vocational Education: Completion of BSB30115 – Certificate III in Business.
Note on Vocational Training
If a young person has already achieved some qualifications (or parts thereof), the AITC may grant credit transfers for those achievements, providing we have access to original documentation from the Registered Training Organisation where training took place in previous year(s). In this case, VET trainers will develop individual learning plans. Full details of each course are available via the hyperlinked course names listed above.
The AITC is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) College, requiring young people to bring a computing device (laptop or a notebook) to school for their personal use.
Our requirement is for each young person to bring their own device. The device must meet minimum specifications related to screen size, keyboard, WIFI access, battery life and memory.
Please click here to see the College specifications for BYOD.