Career Education

Careers Centre

The Careers Centre at Kiara College includes the following areas:

  • Career education and advice
  • Try-A-Trade
  • Workplace Learning
  • Traineeships and VETDSS
  • VET Coordination

Careers Team

  • VET Coordinator – Robert Liebeck
  • Career Practitioner – Nina Sutcliffe
  • Workplace Coordinator – Maxine Merchant
  • VET Support Officer – Trisha Pieri

Career Education

Career Education and Advice

Career Education is acknowledged at Kiara College as an integral component of the curriculum. Career education is emphasised as students develop and consider career prospects in Years 7 through to 12. In Years 10, 11 and 12 the emphasis on subject/course selection and post-college options becomes more evident. Students are provided with a vast array of resources assisting them to explore and prepare for the world beyond college. Students and parents/caregivers are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Careers Team to discuss any aspect of the College’s program and/or one-on-one career advice.


Try-A-Trade is offered at no cost to students because it is fully funded and supported by the Construction Training Fund.

Try-A-Trade events provide Year 9, 10, 11 & 12 students with an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at various skill and trade occupations.

The activities are engaging, informative and offer interested students access to some of the basic skills involved in the trades

The Try-A-Trade event seeks to:

  • Motivate students and others through a fun, hands-on experience.
  • Share current and honest information about future career choices.
  • Encourage participants to appreciate that skill education and training offer real choices for the future.
  • Allow students to meet and talk with trade professionals, apprentices, VET teachers / trainers / lecturers and local industry people. The event is held over three days and participants must attend all sessions as the idea is to “try each trade”. All sessions are free. Eye and ear protection is provided however students must wear closed in shoes (steel cap boots if possible), long pants and a long sleeve shirt.
Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning is an endorsed program that provides opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills they need for employment, and to gain an insight into various industries and job roles.

Students have the opportunity to undertake two 55-hour work placements over the entire year and gives them 2 credit points towards WACE.

Work experience is valuable to gain employment and a requirement for many TAFE qualifications.

Students can choose from industry areas (subject to host employer availability) including:

  • Animal Care
  • Automotive
  • Beauty and Hairdressing
  • Building and Construction
  • Business
  • Community Services
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Retail
  • Sport and Recreation
School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Limited School-Based Traineeships (SBTs) and School-Based Apprenticeships (SBAs) are available through different organisations. Entry is highly competitive and requires a separate application and interview process, along with approval from the VET Coordinator. Successful students will gain a VET qualification and will receive a training wage whilst completing their traineeship or apprenticeship. They must add educational benefit to the student and be approved by the College and compatible with the College timetable. Traineeship durations vary depending on the qualification are approximately 18 months with a minimum 7.5 hours per week. Places are limited and are preferred to be undertaken during school hours.

For further details, please refer to the School Based Traineeship Policy of contact the VET Coordinator.

Career Opportunities

Current Career Opportunities

Below are some career opportunities for students interested in looking for work or an apprenticeship while still at Kiara College.

Please ensure you regularly check this page for new posts which will also be advertised via the Kiara College Connect group “Year 10, 11 & 12 Career Information”.

MEGT (Australian Apprenticeship Support Network) - new jobs advertised every Monday

MEGT is an Australian Government initiative which helps connect potential apprentices and trainees with businesses who are currently advertising through their 'Career Hub'.

Click the link below to see the most recent list of vacancies showing apprenticeships and traineeships that are available through MEGT in Western Australia.


Found something you like? All you need to do is register and complete the Career Hub profile.


Useful Contacts and Career Related Websites

North Metropolitan TAFE
Course Information Centre - 1300 300 822
East Perth, Leederville, Mt Lawley and Northbridge

South Metropolitan TAFE
Course Information Centre - 9267 7500
Thornlie, Carlisle, Balga, Armadale, Midland and Bentley

Career Websites

There are several websites from which to choose that provide useful information relating to career and study options.

  • Information on employment and workplace relations
  • Tools to help you choose a career
  • Comprehensive information about tertiary education pathways and career options
  • Outlines Government services
  • Lodging your resume and finding a job
  • Information on a range of occupations and their education and training pathways
  • Occupations, demand, average weekly earnings, training, funding
  • Jobs, demands, average wages and entry training
  • Open Universities Australia
  • Start your career journey