St Columban's College

St Columban's College
2014
Winner
Queensland

St Columban’s College is a Catholic secondary college in south-east Queensland. The college delivers 16 qualifications across ten industry areas, reflecting the diversity of the community’s employment opportunities. In 2013, 98 per cent of students graduated with a nationally recognised qualification, 76 per cent at the Certificate III level and 17 per cent at Certificate IV.

The college has close relationships with the local business community and has established an enterprising Trade Training Centre to enhance the delivery of training in hairdressing, kitchen operations and hospitality. It is a Gateway school for wine tourism and the college’s science wing has been expanded, and a laboratory skills qualification added, to allow the study of wine chemistry. More than 1000 employers have hosted the college’s students for work placements, validation of training plans and over 100 Australian School-based Apprenticeships annually.

The college also offers employment opportunities, with 17 trainees employed in the areas of information technology, hospitality and sport and recreation.