Hastings Secondary College Trade Training Centres deliver Hospitality, Metal and Engineering and Primary Industries. All courses are programmed and delivered by fully accredited and qualified teachers, with industry standard equipment and training, to ensure students are able to complete nationally recognised certificate qualifications at school. The Trade Training Centres enable students enrolled in our secondary campuses to access first class trade training facilities and provide appropriate pathways for students through completion of secondary schooling,leading to full trade qualifications, apprenticeships and associated further education post school.

The objectives of the programs are to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 and address national skills shortages in traditional trades and other eligible occupations by improving the relevance and responsiveness of trade training programs in secondary schools.

An important step to achieving these goals is to ensure students have access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities that continue to engage them and encourage completion of their studies.

Students entering Preliminary and HSC years at Hastings Secondary College are able to undertake Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses with the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to the workplace and gain nationally recognised qualifications as part of, and in addition to, their Higher School Certificate. Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses teach industry specific skills relevant to future study and employment. These courses are competency based and allow students to gain both HSC qualifications and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accreditation. AQF qualifications are recognised by industry and employers throughout Australia and give students advanced standing and credit transfer in related study at TAFE NSW and other Registered Training Organisations. A work placement component is a compulsory part of all VET Framework courses.

There are thirteen Board Developed VET courses that are based on Industry Training Packages.

Hospitality Trade Training Centre

Hastings Secondary College has a state-of-the-art Hospitality Trade Training Centre, located at Port Macquarie Campus We deliver innovative, creative and quality vocational training to inspire students to turn their culinary passions into reality. The Certificate I Hospitality and Certificate II Kitchen Operations Courses are delivered on-site giving our Year 10 & 11 students the opportunity for dual accreditation which prepares students for employment in a dynamic and fast-paced hospitality industry.

Construction Trade Training Centre

Hastings Secondary College has a state-of-the-art Construction and Engineering Trade Training Centre. The workshops workshop housing digital readout lathes;  milling machines; welding bays, including MIG, TIG and oxy welding operations; virtual welding,  car hoist , tyre changer and balancer; 2400 hydraulic guillotine and bender and punch and shears;

This centre allows for the foundations of a Certificate III trade qualification for students making successful transitions from school to fulltime, meaningful employment.