Education and Employment

St Vincent de Paul Society offers a variety of education and employment 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 and a job:



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 South Brisbane and is delivered in partnership between St Vincent de Paul Society QLD, Australian Catholic University, Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation and Micah Projects.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the program in Brisbane or would like to study in 2019, please contact the Community Education Coordinator or call 07 3010 1083.


Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work delivers accredited 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 is open to people who are long-term unemployed, or under-employed, 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.


Vinnies Pathway to Working in Retail (Cairns)

After a successful delivery of this program in Cairns in 2018, we have been funded again to deliver the Certificate II in Retail Operations in 2019.  This program will help you develop the confidence and skills to work in front line retail.  On the job training at a Vinnies store and work experience with a Retail employer, plus individualised support will help you get job ready!

Information sessions will be held at our Earlville Vinnies store on the 9th and 16th April at 10am.  RSVP essential to  or phone 0436 816 587.


Vinnies Pathway to Laboratory Skills (Annerley)

We are excited to announce that this program will return to the Southern suburbs of Brisbane in April 2019!  In partnership with a registered training organisation we are offering 15 participants the opportunity to do a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement and gain valuable work experience with an industry employer.

For more information come to an information session on the 10th or 17th April at Annerley Hall.  RSVP essential to  or phone 0419 502 531.

In late 2018, Vinnies celebrated the graduation of 10 participants from the Brisbane Pathway to Laboratory Skills 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.  

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 12 weeks up to 28 weeks with an average of three 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.

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.

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