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Building bright futures for St Brendan's students

Careers and life after school were at the forefront for St Brendan’s College senior students on Thursday 7 September 2017 as the College held its inaugural ‘Building Futures’ Industry Afternoon inviting stakeholders from building, construction, trades, agriculture and industry to tour the facilities and network with students to discuss careers and opportunities.

St Brendan’s College Principal Mr Nick Scully said the College’s Trade Training Centre, Vocational Education and Training offering and agriculture and academic facilities were second to none.

“We have consistently good feedback from industry members who employ our students when they leave St Brendan’s College so it’s important for us to show them our facilities and demonstrate how we enable our students to be job-ready,” Mr Scully said.

“We have a suite of Vocational Education and Training courses which we offer to our senior students to complement our significant academic program and these include Certificate I in Construction, Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways, Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation and Certificate II in Rural Operations, just to name a few,” he said.

“Some of the work our students are turning out in our Engineering Pathways course is nothing short of amazing; fully operational trailers, cattle loading ramps, dog boxes and then the Furniture Projects like dining and coffee tables, squatter’s chairs are outstanding.”

Liam Gleeson from Gleeson Plumbing was one local industry member who took the opportunity to tour the College facilities and speak to students.

“I’ve employed two St Brendan’s College senior students in recent years and couldn’t be happier with their performance,” said Mr Gleeson.

“At the end of this year I’ll be signing off on one of these apprentices early and will be looking to employ another and this is why I’m here today,” Mr Gleeson said.

St Brendan’s College is the leading choice for boys’ education in Central Queensland; a Catholic day and boarding School in the Edmund Rice tradition catering for young men from Years 7 to 12.  The College is located on 300-acres at Yeppoon with boarders hailing from rural and regional locations around Queensland, north to the Torres Strait and south to Brisbane.  For more information please visit


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