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The Student journey
January 2024 to July 2025
For mob who are in Year 11 in 2024.

Starting in term 1 2024, Year 11 students will commence a Certificate II, one day per week in a dedicated Health Hub in locations throughout Queensland.

  • Torres and Cape
  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Mount Isa
  • Mackay
  • Gladstone
  • Gold Coast
  • Mooloolaba
  • Caboolture
  • Mango Hill
  • Windsor
  • Ipswich
  • Sunnybank
  • Toowoomba
  • Weipa
  • Cooktown
  • Bamaga
  • Logan

** With Distance Education available for some regional locations.


What to expect

Key dates – 2024 Intake

HLT23221 – Certificate II in Health Support Services:
29th January 2024 – 21st June 2024

Certificate III Traineeship:
24th June 2024 – 27th June 2025

Expressions of Interest for 2024 are now open.
Closing date Friday 17th of November 2023

Foundational skills

Throughout terms 1 and 2 a range of important topics will be covered to ready students for their traineeship including:

  • Infection control and safety
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Perform general cleaning tasks in clinical setting
  • Organise and complete daily work task

Traineeship options

Traineeship options on offer include nursing, allied health, administration, oral health, food services and patient support services.

Student profile

During the Certificate II, individual student profiles will be developed to support traineeship placement options suited to their personal skills, interests and career desires across all Queensland Public Hospitals.

Certificate III Traineeship: July–July

Commencing in Term 3, students will be employed by Metro North Health or Connect ‘n’ Grow® as a school based trainee to work one day per week whilst undertaking studies in either:

  • Health Services Assistance
  • Administration
  • Allied Health Assistance
  • Dental Assistance.


Throughout their traineeship students will be supported by the Deadly Start Team, Connect ‘n’ Grow® and the Seed Foundation Australia to ensure they are set up for success and ultimately continue a career in healthcare.

Further education

Students will be linked in with universities during their traineeship to explore future educational options aligned with their career goals.

Employment opportunities

Queensland Health will create opportunities for Deadly Start Education2Employment participants who complete the Deadly Start program. Participants who complete their Certificate III will have the opportunity to be employed one day per week in the relevant role, subject to school and parental consent.

Following completion of year 12, having successfully completed their traineeship, and meeting the relevant employment requirements for a role, will have the option for ongoing employment.

Frequently asked questions

Does this count towards my Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)?

Yes, completing a school-based traineeship in Queensland can count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The QCE is the certificate awarded to students who have successfully met the requirements of their senior schooling in Queensland. School-based traineeships are recognized as a valuable component of vocational education and training, and they contribute to the QCE by earning credits towards the certificate. The number of credits earned will depend on the length and complexity of the traineeship. It is important to consult with your school’s career advisor or the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to ensure that your school-based traineeship is appropriately recognized and credited towards your QCE.

Do I get paid as a School-based trainee?

Yes, as a school-based trainee in the Health sector in Queensland, you are entitled to be paid for the work you perform as part of your traineeship. The pay you receive will depend on factors such as the industry, your age, and the level of qualification you are undertaking. The pay rates for school-based trainees are typically based on the relevant modern award or enterprise agreement that covers the industry. It’s important to note that the pay rates may vary, so it’s recommended to consult with your employer or relevant authorities to understand the specific wage conditions and entitlements applicable to your traineeship in the Health sector.

What extra support is available as a First Nation’s trainee?

As a First Nations trainee you will also be provided with additional wrap around support from Seed Foundation Australia. You can expect to receive additional support and resources tailored to your cultural background and specific needs. Seed Foundation Australia is dedicated to supporting Indigenous youth in their education and career journeys.

What happens if I need to relocate, can I transfer my traineeship?

Please contact our Head Office if you are considering relocating, we will look at options available for you to transfer your traineeships if possible.

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