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Just for Year 12
Short Courses
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
University Information
Open Days
Work experience
Part-Time Jobs
Important dates
3 August 2022: CIT visiting SFX - sign up at the Careers office
3 August 2022: UAC Let's chat - Alternative pathways to university
4 August 2022: UAC Let's chat - Student teachers, live, love, teach
13 August 2022: Macquarie University Open Day
17 August 2022: SFX visit to Canberra CareersXpo - sign up at the Careers office
20 August 2022: Australian Catholic University Open Day
23 August 2022: 
Achieve Apprentice FREE online workshop
27 August 2022: CIT Open Day
3 September 2022: UC Open Day
3 September 2022: ANU Open Day
15 September 2022: CIT Studio 22 event for Year 11 and 12 students

Are you hoping to gain work experience? Wanting to give back to your community and meet new people at the same time? Vinnies  are urgently needing volunteer workers to help in our Belconnen and Kippax Centre. A range of different shifts are available every day of the week – including our busy Saturday and Sunday’s – times can also be flexible. You will be trained by our team to work in different roles – from helping to process goods for sale through to working with customers, and later assisting at our busy register. Be prepared to learn a lot while having a direct impact helping people in your local community. For further information, please contact Belconnen Centre manager Isla Smith on (02) 6234 7490 or email
Heather Freckelton on (02) 6234 7475 or email

Just for Year 12
Orana Fashion Business College bring together the nationally recognised qualifications, training and industry connections you need to accelerate your career in the business side of the fashion industry.
Orana offer an Early Entry program which is great for any current Year 12 students to help take the pressure of their final year - students can apply here.  Applications are now open.

We welcome students to schedule a time for a chat if they have would like to discuss our courses and allow them to ask any questions they may have.

2022-2023 Orana Course guide is available here

The Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) is open to aspiring university students who wish to pursue a degree through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). 

Applications for the 2023 DCUS intake are now open. Apply Now.

There are no military service obligations or requirements. This is a sponsorship for civilian students who may be interested in a civilian career in the Department of Defence.

The Department of Defence will determine the undergraduate degree disciplines that will be offered from the following options:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Aeronautical and Naval Architecture) (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (3 years).

Eligible applicants will have the full tuition costs of their degree covered and receive a generous annual allowance to cover the cost of text books and equipment.

During the sponsorship students will have the opportunity to participate in paid work placements within Defence, providing exciting opportunities and give an insight into how one of Australia’s largest organisations conducts business.

An information session at SFX will be organised in the coming weeks.

Did you know that 30% of Gen Zs want to take a gap year in both Australia and overseas? 

Gap years have become exponentially popular among school leavers; the freedom, the life-changing experiences and opportunity to meet new friends before starting their next chapter. And while it makes sense to want to head overseas, an Aussie gap year has just as much to offer... 

That's why we're excited to share a rare opportunity to find adventure, learn new skills and land a unique job with minimal experience - all without having to leave Australia.  

A gap year in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre is the perfect opportunity for young people wanting to explore their own Aussie backyard. 

There's heaps of entry-level jobs on offer, from short stints to long stays - with a dedicated website to help school leavers explore their options. 

Short Courses and Information Sessions
Please see the VET and Careers office if you are interested in attending this event
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
What is it?
Achieve Apprentice is a FREE online workshop for aspiring apprentices and young tradespeople.
Why Achieve Apprentice?
Every year thousands of young people apply for apprenticeships across Australia. With high demand comes tough competition and unfortunately many talented young people miss out. Here’s where Achieve Apprentice comes in: with the industry knowledge of HIA and learning expertise of Prince’s Trust Australia, we’ve designed an impactful half-day program to fill the gap.
What’s involved?
Participants will develop key skills to help score an apprenticeship, discover pro tips and life hacks to advance their careers and connect with business experts and industry leaders. There will be a live panel featuring trades people at all stages of their career and, best of all, participants will receive a certificate of completion to boost their CV!
Sounds great, what are the details?

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 | 4PM – 7PM (AEST)
WHERE: Delivered online via a FREE live stream.
HOW: Register your interest here!
Places are limited so to find out more and register your interest complete this quick form.
Interested in an apprenticeship with a Kitchen Company? This opportunity could be for you.  Contact the Office Manager directly.
Three Mills Bakery is keen to take on a student in an ASBA capacity. If you looking to make a career in Patisserie, there is no better place than one of Canberra's local and homegrown success stories. 

Students should forward any and all enquiries or expressions of interest to
Tailormade are a small domestic building company specialising in Extensions, Renovations, Bathrooms & Outdoor Living Spaces/Structures. They are seeking an Apprentice who is keen to work in the building industry and would consider an ASBA arrangement for the right person.

If this interests you, contact:
Email –
Phone – Sharon 0417 858983
University Information

UAC Digital / Let's Chat – Alternative pathways to university

Wednesday 3 August 2022 6pm AEST

Pathway courses are for applicants who don't meet the minimum requirements for entry into a bachelor degree. Learn about certificate, diploma and preparation courses.

Yes! Count me in.

UAC Digital / Let’s Chat – Student Teachers:  Live, love, teach

Thursday 4 August  6pm AEST

Register today to hear from current teaching students!

Early offers made through UAC

Because UAC has several offer rounds in the first half of the year, many Year 12 students ask us if they can receive an offer now.
The short answer is ‘no’: the first UAC offers to Year 12 students will be made to Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) applicants on 11 November 2022. Offers made then are not based on HSC results and ATARs. Instead, they are based on other criteria like Year 11 results and the school’s rating of the student.
Before November, offers are made to applicants who are not in Year 12 this year and already have a qualification UAC can assess. They’re often applying to start a course in Semester 2.
Most UAC offers to Year 12 students are made in late December, after the release of ATARs.
If you’re after an early offer, make sure to apply directly to the university of your choice through their early entry program. You can find a full list of early entry programs, including closing and offer dates, in our Early Entry Guide.

All courses available soon
All 2023 courses from UAC’s participating institutions will be available on UAC’s website in early August.
For students who have already applied, this is the time for them to log in to their application and review and update their preferences.
For students who haven’t yet applied the early bird period ends on Friday 30 September, at which time the processing fee increases. Even if they’re not sure what course they want to study, they should apply now and put in any course as a placeholder until they are ready to decide.

UAC PIN reminder
An email will be sent to Year 12 students who haven’t applied in early August to remind them of their UAC PIN. PINs will be emailed to the address they have registered with BSSS, so they need to ensure that this is a current email address.
To start their UAC application students will need their Year 12 student number (issued through their school) and their UAC PIN. Once they have applied, they can then use their UAC application number and UAC PIN to log in and manage their application.
If students don’t have their UAC PIN email, or are having problems with their PIN, they can read the PIN FAQs or contact UAC.
If you are planning on studying at UNSW Sydney, check out the undergraduate accommodation information here.  Applications to live at New College in 2023 are now open.  Scholarship and bursary information can be obtained from the VET and Careers office.  First Round Applications close 25 September 2022.
UTS Early Entry Program
Secure your place at UTS before your final Year 12 exams!
Designed for students who have excelled in Year 11, our Early Entry Program recognises and rewards the hard work that you have put in to your studies, while providing you with some certainty about your next steps after school.

Applications for 2023 are now open. Start your application!

Open Days
Check out Open Days at institutions in Canberra and across Australia using the SFX Careers website.   
Work experience
Try out your dream job from the comfort of your laptop.  The SFX Careers website has this new feature that is ideal for students in any year group.  Head to the SFX Careers website, choose the Workplace Learning tab and then Virtual Job Experience.  Using your Careers website login details, log into the portal and choose from 14 occupations to explore (with more being added regularly).
Part-Time Jobs and Workforce News

Food & Beverage Attendants Eastlake Football Club

Retail Team - Retail Sales Assistant - yd Australia - Belconnen ACT

Cocktail & Bar team members - Milky Lane Braddon

*Organisations and employers for the positions listed have not been vetted in any way by St Francis Xavier College. They are publicly
available and from the wording on the ad have been deemed of interest. Please advise the Career Advisor of any concerns regarding any communication with or experience at any place of employment. *
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