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Finished Year 12 but the doors aren’t opening?

Some students finish Year 12 and just seem to know what’s next. They’re getting a job or apprenticeship, or having a gap year, or heading straight into uni. But after 13 years of making your way through school, sometimes it’s hard to make the next step. And guess what? That’s totally ok. And even better, there is help available to get you started.

Introducing Link and Launch

Link and Launch is a free service designed to help you identify the options that can work for you after school. You’ll be guided through a range of post-school study, training and work options – and if you don’t have any idea what you want to do next, the program can help you with that too.

Here are just some of the options you might explore:

  • free TAFE for Year 12 leavers
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work community-based training
  • Back to Work employer subsidies
  • alternative entry to university
  • employment
  • alternative entry to TAFE
  • JobActive and other federal workforce participation programs (e.g. Empowering YOUth).

And there’s no right or wrong pathway – just options and opportunities!

Where can I access Link and Launch?

The Link and Launch program is offered via selected Queensland high schools – so yes, you have to go back to school but it won’t be like when you were at school! The program is run on school sites but is separate from the rest of the school.

Check out the list of schools where you can join the Link and Launch program right now – and more schools will be added to the list next year:

Did you know…..

You don’t need to be a former student of these high schools to be eligible. You just need to have finished Year 12 in the last 2 years to get involved – and if it’s been longer than 2 years, the program may be of benefit to you too.

Consider yourself launched!

The Link and Launch program has already helped heaps of people work out their next steps. Check out some of these stories!

I was dreaming of an apprenticeship but couldn’t get a start

“I initially found some casual work after school but just couldn’t land that full time apprenticeship. Through the Link and Launch program I was able to complete my resume and improve my interview skills – and then through collaboration with a local RTO, I was connected with an employer and commenced an apprenticeship in cabinet making!” Aaron

I had no idea what to do after school but after joining the Link and Launch program I…

…discovered what I wanted to study and successfully applied for university. I’ll be starting the Free Tertiary Preparation Program at USQ Springfield very soon” Nadine

…decided that work was the thing for me but I had no experience or skills. Through the program I signed onto the Yourtown Program organised through the Get Set for Work Program – and now I’ve nearly completed my Cert 2 in Retail and am looking forward to getting into the work force.” Angie

I wanted to get a job after Year 12 but couldn’t make any inroads

“I had planned to get a job straight after Year 12 but I didn’t seem to be having any luck. I joined the Link and Launch Program and after exploring my options I decided I would like to complete the free Cert 3 course for Year 12 leavers in Community Services at TAFE Qld. They gave me help with the application paperwork and I was accepted into the course!” Joel

“After school I really wanted to enter the construction industry but after some months of trying with no luck I contacted Link and Launch. The program steered me towards the ‘Hutchies’ program that was starting soon and I gained a place. Now I’m gaining the skills and qualifications I need for my future.” Nick


Link and Launch is all about helping young people take the next step. To find out more or to join the program, contact your closest Link and Launch from the schools listed.

Last Updated: 17 September 2020