Trade to Teach Internship Program (pilot)


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This is a new pilot program that launched in 2022.

​Applications for the Trade to Teach Internship Program pilot have closed. Register your interest to be kept informed of future rounds of this program.

If you hold a trade qualification and want to pursue a teaching career in Industrial Technology and Design (ITD), the Trade to Teach Internship Program pilot can help you along the way by providing:

  • financial support while you study
  • a paid internship teaching position with support in the classroom to enable you to gain professional experience
  • a permanent teaching position following graduation.


What is Industrial Technology and Design (ITD)?

The Industrial Technology and Design (ITD) curriculum is offered in junior and senior secondary settings, incorporating theoretical knowledge with practical application in a range of learning environments that can include computer applications, workshops and practical workspaces. The specific applied ITD subjects offered in each school can vary and includes Furnishing, Building and Construction, Industrial Graphics, Industrial Technology, Engineering Skills, and Materials and Technologies specialisations.

The Trade to Teach Internship Program pilot will not focus on Fashion, Hospitality and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Why should you apply?

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Financial support in the form of a $20,000 (taxed) scholarship to assist with study expenses during the first year of your full-time undergraduate teaching degree (specialising in ITD).
  • Internship employment (full-time pay) from the second year of study and for the remainder of your degree, with a half teaching load in a Queensland state school to support the completion of your qualification. The teaching qualification must be completed in a maximum of 4 years.
  • Access to a community of practice and mentor to support professional practice.
  • An offer of permanent employment as a teacher in a secondary Queensland state school following graduation and provisional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Who is the program for?

We are seeking aspiring teachers with a trade qualification and, ideally, at least a few years' industry experience.

You may be working as a tradesperson and considering a career and lifestyle change. You may already be working in the education sector and you want to move into a teaching role. You can choose a rewarding career where you get to share your passion and expertise, as well as encourage and inspire young people.

To be eligible for the Trade to Teach Internship Program pilot, you must:

  • hold a relevant trade qualification (Certificate III or higher)
  • be eligible for enrolment into the undergraduate teaching degree (secondary) in 2023, specialising in Industrial Technology and Design (ITD) at one of the partner Higher Education Institutions (HEI):
  • be willing to undertake an internship in a Queensland state secondary school. The specific school will be determined in consultation with the intern and local HR teams
  • demonstrate commitment to teach in a Queensland state school in the ITD subject area for a minimum service period (3–4 years depending on location) after graduation
  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia.

Applicants will need to meet minimum entry requirements for the degree. Talk to the relevant HEI about entry requirements and enrolment processes.

It is also preferable that you have industry experience (post trade qualification) to bring real life learning to the classroom. This experience may also provide you with an opportunity for recognition of prior learning, which would be assessed by the Higher Education Institute (HEI) and may reduce the duration of your course.

Register your interest

Applications for the Trade to Teach Internship Program pilot have closed.

Register to be alerted about any future rounds of the Trade to Teach Internship program.

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If you require more information, contact the Trade to Teach team, Queensland Department of Education by email​

Last updated 10 October 2022