Our Industry Pathways

If you want to learn the skills in demand by industry and complete your secondary education, Tec-NQ is the place for you.

A Real Work-Based Education

Based in Townsville, our integrated work-based curriculum combines academic learning with vocational training, ensuring students are work ready and motivated to thrive in their chosen careers.

Tec-NQ is your senior school and your trade school. By combining academic and trade educations, our students graduate career-ready. Not only do they further their education, but students are also supported in their transition to the workforce through work-based training.

Key Benefits

  • Traditional school outcomes
  • Nationally recognised qualifications through vocational training
  • Ability to try different trades
  • Trade qualified facilitators
  • Industry standard training facilities
Photography of students at TecNQ, Townsville participating in programs within the college

Best of both worlds

Enrolling with Tec-NQ will give you the best of both worlds. We provide traditional school outcomes, vocational training and work placement support to guide our students through school. If the student successfully attains an apprenticeship, we then continue their training post-school via our registered training organisation (RTO).

We do this through our strong industry and community networks and delivery of quality face-to-face vocational training.

At Tec-NQ, the focus on career readiness starts the moment they walk onto campus. Just like on a worksite, respect is earned at Tec-NQ. Students learn to take responsibility for their own learning in a work-based training environment.

Year 10 Try Every Trade

Not sure which industry pathway is right for you? You’re not alone. We know this can be an overwhelming time which is why our year 10 students ‘try every trade’. In Year 10, students complete core subjects aligning to the Australian curriculum. These subjects are taught in relation to industrial applications, workplace practices and life skills.

Did you know that approximately one third of students end up changing their original trade preference as a result? At Tec-NQ, we want you to make an informed decision about the pre-apprenticeship qualification you pursue, which is why it’s important that you’re confident in your choices.

Photography of students at TecNQ, Townsville participating in programs within the college

Years 11 and 12

Years 11 and 12 are trade specific. This means students undertake nationally recognised pre-apprenticeship qualifications whilst completing their academic studies which are required to attain their QCE. With the support of our industry team, work placement is introduced which provides students the opportunity to gain experience in industrial workplaces.


A pre-apprenticeship qualification in the automotive trade is a great way to pursue your career as an apprentice mechanic whether your passion lies with light vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles or something in between.


At Tec-NQ, you will develop your skills through hands-on construction projects learning about building codes, safety and the breadth of career possibilities available in the construction industry.


Working as a plumber can range from specialising in roofing, water, sanitary/drainage or gas. Some people consider themselves allrounders!


A pre-apprenticeship qualification in electrotechnology can lead to a broad range of great career choices and practical learning opportunities in electrical cabling, equipment, instrumentation, switchgear, telecommunications, air conditioning and refrigeration, or renewable energy.


Your pre-apprenticeship qualification in engineering could lead to an apprenticeship in a number of metal fabrication and mechanical specialisations.

P-Tech Pathways

Industry 4.0 will redefine the skills required by industry and see the technical skills needed to identify, integrate, maintain and repair new and emerging technology in demand by industry. Our P-Tech Engineering and Electrical pathway could be your steppingstone to a rewarding career as a trade technician.


The health industry is a key driver in the Australian economy and could provide you with an extremely rewarding range of careers. What’s more, health workers are in demand globally, so if travel is on your agenda, a career in health could be for you.

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Subjects

Tec-NQ’s academic subjects have been selected based on their relevance towards the career specific pathways offered by Tec-NQ. Subjects are contextualised towards each of the career pathways and personal growth. Contextualisation ensures that students understand the application of subject matter within their industry and adult life.

Academic Subjects

Tec-NQ’s team of registered teachers deliver QCAA approved academic subjects that contribute towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Teachers work directly with trade facilitators in contextualising the content.

Tec-NQ is an approved provider of QSMART, a senior Maths and Science program designed by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA).

Facilitators at Tec-NQ have used the subjects defined by the QSMART program to develop learning experiences specific to each of the trades offered by Tec-NQ. This content has been established in consultation with our qualified trade trainers.

Trade Skill Extensions (TSE) is our Core Skills for Work program. Information Technology prepares students to operate and troubleshoot digital tools within industry through critical thinking, intuitive learning, and teamwork. 

The Essential English subject is defined by the QCAA develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy enabling them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts.

TSE Workplace Skills prepares students for the workplace. They prepare for work experience, plan and apply time management skills, develop communication skills and respond to customer enquiries.






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