Career pathways

Hawker College has an award-winning Careers and Transitions program. Recognised as the best program in the ACT in 2018 by the Australian Centre for Careers Education, our professionally qualified team are attuned to the changing needs of industry and further education, and students are well supported to start on their chosen pathways.

Careers and Transitions

The Hawker College Transitions & Careers team is led
by an award-winning professional Careers Advisor,
Chontel Green and our Work Experience and ASBA
Coordinator, Robyn Donohoe. This team will:

  • Assist students with course and unit selections
    when they enrol and in subsequent semesters
  • Counsel students about possible career paths
    and their study package including ATAR
  • Show students where to find information about
    jobs, apprenticeships and tertiary courses
  • Assist with job applications, resume preparation,
    scholarships and enrolment for further study
  • Facilitate guest speakers from industry,
    apprenticeship centres, gap year organisations,
    defence and tertiary institutions
  • Facilitate excursions to the Canberra Careers
    Expo, CIT, Tertiary Institutions and other careers
  • Encourage students to participate in the Work
    Experience Program (WEX)
  • Provide opportunities to participate in external
    training opportunities such as Vocational
    Learning Options (VLO), First Aid, Responsible
    Service of Alcohol (RSA), White Card and
    Asbestos Awareness Training.

Work Experience (WEX)

Work Experience (WEX) is available to all students
across the year and offers a diverse and extensive
range of placements. Work Experience is an essential
element to prepare for work opportunities beyond


Our team also works to help students to successfully
transition into Hawker College and beyond into
tertiary study, an apprenticeship, a traineeship or

Other Services

  • Pathways planning – a personal development
    program for students to explore their interests
    and develop a pathway plan to assist them to
    achieve their goals
  • University applications, scholarships, school
    recommendation scheme and other university
  • Flexible Learning Support (career focus
    sessions / transition into college and beyond)
  • Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander students
  • Resume Writing and Interview Techniques

Vocational Educational and Training (VET)

Nationally recognised qualifications can be achieved through vocational courses of study offered at Hawker College. VET may be offered as a vocational course (A/V) or (T/V) or as a competency-based course (C).

Hawker College has joined with the other colleges and high schools in the Belconnen network of schools to form ‘Belconnen Training’, a large Registered Training Organisation offering a very wide range of VET courses to our students.  Our principal Andy Mison is the CEO of Belconnen Training.

For more information about which courses are available on site at Hawker College in 2020, contact our Careers and Transitions team.

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

Structured workplace learning is a one- or two-week placement in the industry area students are studying as a vocational course. Students will gain insight into many aspects of the world of work through an industry placement with specific reference to their vocational area of study. Structured workplace learning placements are highly desirable to complete if a student is studying toward a vocational qualification.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA)

Students can start an apprenticeship in Year 11, spending 1-2 days per week in the workplace along with formal vocational training. Australian School Based Apprenticeships are recognised on the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and students receive an income, and a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate II or III level).

Hawker College has a wide range of employer networks within the ACT and can help students access several ASBAs in a variety of industry areas such as Hospitality, Sport and Recreation, Horticulture, Hairdressing, Automotive Servicing, Information Technology, Business Services, Panel Beating, Engineering, Electrical, Construction, Carpentry, Aged Care, Early Childhood Education and Care, Disability, Plumbing and Veterinary Nursing.

There are three components to an ASBA—attendance at school, vocational training and a work placement. ASBAs are flexible, offering both the student and the employer many options for the workplace component of the program.