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.

Toowoomba Scholarship Program

The Toowoomba Scholarship Program has been established to assist residents of the Toowoomba Region to participate in training or education. The award will provide up to $1500 for education expenses, as well as academic and social support during study.

Learn more about this service here: Toowoomba Scholarship Program

Learning Partners

Learning Partners for the Toowoomba Scholarship Program provide a critical mentoring role to program participants. By supporting and encouraging scholarship recipients, Learning Partners can help build students’ confidence, self-esteem and self-reliance, as well as helping them to participate in their chosen education program.

Learn more about how to become a learning partner here: Volunteer As A Learning Partner!


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.

Learn more about this service here: Clemente

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.

Learn more about this service here: Skilling Queenslanders for Work

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!

Learn more about this service here: Vinnies Pathway to Working in Retail

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.

Learn more about this service here: Vinnies Pathway to Laboratory Skills (Annerley)

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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