History - Meeting the Needs of Australia's Employers for 97 Years

Founded in 1923 as St Patrick’s Commercial College, Patrick Careers Academy (PCA) is the oldest continuing vocational college in New South Wales and one of the first to be established in Australia. For 97 years, PCA has been committed to educating Australian students and priding itself on a high success rate in finding them meaningful employment. Our graduates work in some of Australia’s top law firms, accounting firms, hotels and companies.

From humble beginnings as a secretarial college conducted by the Sisters of Mercy behind St Patrick’s Church at 141 Harrington Street, Sydney – Patrick Careers Academy is now located at the central location of 451 PittStreet (a short walk from Central Station). The Pitt St Campus occupies Level 7 of the impressive Manning Building with purpose designed, state-of-the-art training facilities.

PCA currently trains students to be work ready in Business Administration, Social Media Marketing, Hospitality & Events Management, Healthcare and Community Services.

We operate within an inclusive framework which acknowledges individual differences, supports students individual needs and nurtures the growth of the whole person in a caring atmosphere and learner-friendly environment.

For more information about our History, follow these links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgyBzxNN48c (watch from 3 minutes)
https://stpatschurchhill.org/st-patricks-history-early-years/ (original premises)

High Graduate Employment Success Rate

Job-Ready in 1 Year and Prepared to Earn a Working Wage

  • 10,000+ Graduates
  • 95% Job Placement Rate in 2019

VET Student Loans

Most importantly, as a Registered Training Organisation with the Australian Government, our Diploma students are eligible for financial assistance through VET Student Loans.

Some of our courses are approved for NSW Government subsidised funding. See the course details for further information.

Pastoral Care Ethos

PCA operates under a Pastoral Care Ethos with particular emphasis on the Human Dignity of Work, the Rights of Workers, Solidarity, Balance of Life and a pursuit for the Common Good.

Corporate Partners

We have relationships with Prestigious Law Firms, Companies, Hotels, Clubs and other organisations.

You'll get the workplace skills and industry knowledge that today's hiring managers are seeking.

Mentoring - All Students are Mentored by an Assigned Mentor from Industry or PCA.

Equipping students with the hands-on tools of the trade and industry experience that employers are looking for.

Professional Development - Over and Above Normal Classroom Training to Ensure Career Success.

Get the skills you need for a satisfying career. We help you change the course of your life by helping you master the right skills.

Your Career. Your Way.

Our Diplomas cover a broad range of topics and give you real-world skills, so you won’t be pigeonholed into one area. Many of our Diploma graduates have transitioned into a different sector based on the skills they have acquired at PCA.

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Our Career Pathways

  • Business & Management
  • Finance & Legal
  • Advertising
  • Hospitality Management
  • Health
  • Community Care
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Government