Education services

St Vincent de Paul Society’s  Education Services offer a variety of education pathways to those who have faced barriers to learning. The following programs help empower people who are marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated to have the opportunity to re-engage in education and gain a qualification:



Clemente is a tuition-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence through education. The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has encountered trauma or setback in their lives. Participants engage in a two year study course in the Humanities field (four subjects over four semesters) with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) where on completion they will obtain a university certificate which can be used towards further study.

Clemente aims to:

  • make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians
  • enhance participant’s self-confidence through learning and  bring about personal change
  • promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society,enabling them to re-engage with society
  • use the potential of  education to change lives and promote social inclusion.

The Clemente program in Queensland currently operates in Brisbane.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the program in Brisbane or would like to study in 2018, please contact the Community Education Coordinator


Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work delivers courses in a supported learning environment where participants can access individual support tailored to their learning needs. Support includes classroom assistance to complete the qualification, real world work placements, combined with job readiness and assistance in entering employment beyond  course completion.

The program provides training to people who are unemployed, or under-employed in the labour market, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, parents re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including asylum seekers and refugees.

Our training model combines weekly face to face training sessions with a Registered Training Organisation, one-on-one support with a Case Worker as well as hard copy resources.

Course duration depends upon the qualification undertaken and can range from 14 weeks up to 28 weeks with an average of two contact days per week.

This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. For more information about this, please see

Through the support of the Queensland State Government, we are able to offer the program at no cost to eligible participants.


Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement (Get Set for Work)

In late 2018, Vinnies celebrated the graduation of 10 participants from the Brisbane Get Set for Work Program who completed a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. This was marked with a small ceremony in Brisbane attended by local MPs, students and their family and friends.

We wish the students all the best in their future employment and education journey.  

Additional Get Set for Work Programs were successfully completed in Roma and Cairns throughout 2018, with an outstanding number for graduates from each. Further courses are planned for delivery in 2019.

Are you interested in undertaking accredited training with us and want to know if you are eligible? Contact  07 3010 1083 or email to register an expression of interest.

To find out more about Education Services, including volunteering and sponsoring opportunities, please email