Education Services

The Society’s Education Services offer a variety of education pathways to those who have faced barriers to learning. The following programs help 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 Humanities study course (four subjects over four semesters) with the Australian Catholic University where on completion they will obtain a university certificate which can be used towards further study.

Clemente aims to:

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

The Clemente program in Queensland currently operates in Brisbane and Toowoomba.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the program in Toowoomba or 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.

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 assist students in completing the qualification, real world work placement, combined with job readiness and assistance entering employment beyond the course.

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 and 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 Rural Operations (Get Set for Work)

In late 2017, Vinnies celebrated the graduation of 7 young people from the Roma Get Set for Work program who completed a Certificate 2 in Rural Operations.  This was celebrated with a small ceremony in Roma attended by the students and their family and friends.

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

Further courses are planned for delivery in 2018.

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