Traineeships Support Cairns Students

A number of influential organisations are working together to provide SchoolTech students in Cairns with a unique marine traineeship opportunity.

The Hayden/Reynolds Foundation alongside partners Macquarie Bank, Austral Fisheries and OZFish have launched the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Program.

Matthew Hayden AM, announced the establishment of the program at the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.


TAFE Queensland Acting Chief Academic Officer, Jo Pyne said the traineeships will give students the chance to get a head start on their careers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our marine students to earn a wage while they’re gaining valuable hands-on experience out in industry and learning more about looking after country,” Ms Pyne said.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Hayden/Reynolds Foundation and its partners to ensure our marine students receive a well-rounded education and strong employment opportunities,” she said.

SchoolTech is the brainchild of the TAFE Queensland Cairns campus, the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Woree State High School and Skill360 Australia.

Head of Department, Carmel Iivonen said SchoolTech provides students with a unique, trade-focused education.

“SchoolTech students still complete the required Year 11 and 12 schooling so they can achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education, but they also gain two nationally recognised certificate qualifications by the time they graduate,” Ms Iivonen said.

“Work experience is also a key component of SchoolTech and, thanks to the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Program, our students will now receive more industry exposure,” she said.

Applications for the 2019 SchoolTech program are now open. For more information, call the SchoolTech office on 4042 2590.


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Great Barrier Reef International Marine College is part of the TAFE Queensland network. TAFE Queensland RTO No. 0275, CRICOS No. 03020E. Visit for full RTO details

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