Welcome to 2017


Welcome to the Warrnambool College Careers Blog. Throughout the year, this blog site will be a valuable resource for careers and training information.

Students will find valuble information about careers events and resources that will assist you on your career development journey.

Parents and Carers will also find this a very useful resource to keep up to date with events and opportunities, but also the blog will provide guidance in how you can assit your young person to navigate the school system and help them manage their transition to a life beyond school.

For more details or to make an Appointment:  Contact Mr Peter Bollard, Careers Practitioner, Warrnambool College, Phone:  55 644 444.

UMAT = Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test.

All students wishing to apply for an undergraduate Medicine (Monash Uni) or Dentistry & Oral Health (LaTrobe Uni)  must sit the UMAT on Wednesday 26 July 2017.  

Students need to Register by 2 June 2017 and Warrnambool students usually sit the test at the Geelong Test Center. You can sit the test in Melbourne if it suits you better.  Test Fee = $250.00, Concession Fee of $150.00 if eligible.

The UMAT Test is made up of 3 distinct parts and is a prerequisite for most medical courses across Australia.  UMAT does not endorse any UMAT prep courses and provide previous test questions at a cost.

Students / Parents need to read the UMAT Information Booklet – available from Mr Bollard at the Careers Centre.  If you have any questions please contact Mr Bollard directly – 55644 406

Defence Force Gap Year Jobs:

Each year the Army, Navy and Airforce offer a limited number of Gap Year positions for students who have completed Year 12. Gap Year Sailors for example can earn up to $57,600 for a 12 month period including uniform and many service allowances.

The application process is rigorous and involves a number of visits to Melbourne during the year. If you are interested you need to access the Defence Jobs Website and search for Gap year jobs.


Year 10 Work Experience Dates: 2017

Work Experience Forms are being distributed by the Year 10 Humanities Teachers and need to be returned to your Humanities Teacher by the due date.  These forms will consist of the “Official Departmental Permission Form” and a Form outlining the students Work Experience Preferences (3 Job Preferences are required).

Students can choose to do Work Experience in Warrnambool from the list of positions provided in the Work Experience Booklet – handed out with the forms.

Note:  Work Experience is just that – an “Experience of Work.” It is not meant to be job training.  Many employment positions – especially professions do not allow students to undertake work experience at Year 10 due to the sensitivity of the position or the maturity of Year 10 students.  Many students therefore choose positions that might help them to find a part-time employment position.

Students are also required to complete an on-line, Occupational Health & Safety Program before being allowed to undertake Work Experience.

Students from Year 11 & 12 may undertake Work Experience during normal Holiday breaks. All Work Experience enquiries should be directed to Mr Bollard.  

2017 Work Experience Dates are as follows: 

Tues 14 Mar to Frid 17 Mar  — Mrs Penn & Mr Payne’s Humanities Groups

Mon 22 May to Frid 26 May  —  Ms Brennan’s Humanities Groups    

Mon 29 May to Frid 2 June  —  Mr Finn’s Humanities Groups

Mon 24 July to Frid 28 July  —  Mr Sullivan & Ms Vells’s Humanities Groups

Mon 13 Nov to Frid 17 Nov —  Mr Darts Humanities Group

Part-time Jobs – KFC Warrnambool

If you are 15 and over and looking for a part-time job – This might be for you !  KFC Warrnambool are looking to recruit quite a number of young people for positions in Customer Service and Food Service.  A great place to start your employment journey.

To Apply – Go to www.kfc.com.au and complete the questionnaire.  You will then be contacted via E-mail within 3 days as to your suitability and asked to attend an interview.  You are also encouraged to drop in a Resume and ask to meet James  (Recruiting Manager).  KFC is also an Equal Opportunity Employer so all interested students should apply.  The main criteria for selection is your availability (Weekends / Holidays).  They will train you for the job. Any Questions please contact Mr Bollard.

Job Vacancy: Trainee Court Registrar – 23 Jan 2017

The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria will soon be recruiting! The Magistrates Court of Victoria (MCV) recruitment for Trainee Court Registrar positions will soon be open.   Applications will be open from 6th February 2017 until midnight 26th February 2017.   The position will be advertised at www.careers.vic.gov.au and in various regional newspapers.  Only completed applications submitted via the link above during the set period will be considered.   Attached is a link to our website where you may locate valuable information about the role of a Trainee Court Registrar and a potential career with MCV.  http://www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au/about-us/careers-court

It may also interest you to know that court rooms are open to the public and students can visit a court room to observe proceedings.   Please call us if you require further clarification after looking at the information above or on our website.

Kind regards

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria n  Level 6 223 William Street Melbourne

T: (03) 9032 0907  n F: (03) 9032 0900   n E: courtregistrar@magistratescourt.vic.gov.au


n Website: www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au







New Scholarships for Deakin University Warrnambool Campus – 2017

To be eligible for 1 of 18, $7000 scholarships, students must be:

An Australian citizen or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa

  • A commencing Deakin student enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student
  • Enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place
  • Undertaking located studies at Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus
  • Experiencing low socio-economic circumstances, financial hardship or personal disadvantage

Areas of hardship:

Financial hardship – be receiving a means-tested Centrelink benefit or can demonstrate personal or family taxable income below the HELP repayment threshold, depending on independence status

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • Regional or remote home location
  • Disability/long term medical condition
  • Recent refugee
  • Other demonstrable disadvantage

Students have until the 10th of February to apply, although scholarships will be awarded from the 18th of January on a rolling basis. When all scholarships have been allocated the scholarship will be closed.  This may occur before the closing date.

Link to the info can be found at: www.deakin.edu.au/warrnambool-scholarships

Full – Time Job Vacancies – Posted 11 Jan 2016.



A Local Warrnambool Primary school in partnership with Westvic Staffing Solutions has an outstanding opportunity for an Education Support Trainee commencing early February 2017.

This traineeship fills an important role in supporting teachers in the classroom environment to ensure the smooth, efficient running of their programs at all times.

The successful applicant will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to show initiative and have strong problem solving skills.

Gap year students are encouraged to apply.

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please go to our website – www.westvic.org.au/jobs/ed-support-trainee/

All enquiries should be directed to Tim Rantall at trantall@westvic.org.au or 0419 904 117.

Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 18th January, 2017. 

Bachelor of Design – Scholarship – University of Melbourne


The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Medley Hall and the University of Melbourne have partnered together to introduce the DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. The DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship aims to support the diversification of our student cohort and, consequently, of future urban planning professionals entering the workforce who will go on to shape our urban environment.


Applicants from an Indigenous Australian background are strongly encouraged to apply, as are students from disadvantaged financial backgrounds and/or students who have lived in regional Victoria or growth areas of Melbourne.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have applied or intend to apply for the Bachelor of Design through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), with a view to majoring in Urban Planning, and;
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.

VTAC applications for Bachelor of Design close: Friday 2 December (After that time, the Change of Preference Period will allow all existing VTAC applicants to add, subtract or reorder their course preferences). DELWP Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship applications close: Friday 16 December.

Full Details – see Attachment:

Bendigo Bank Scholarships – 2017

Register your interest

Looking to go to university in 2017? Need help with expenses?

Life can be hard enough without having to worry about what tertiary scholarships, if any, are out there.

If you’re a first time university student you’re looking in the right place. Bendigo Bank offers one of Australia’s leading scholarship programs. From agriculture based scholarships, to those connected to one of our many Community Bank® branches, we have something to help you reach your university dreams.

Register your interest now. Applications for 2017 places will open on 1 December 2016 and close at midnight (AEDT) on 27 January 2017.

Go to the web Link: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/public/community/scholarships/2017-scholarships

Summer Jobs and Gap Year Job Vacancies

Rebecca’s Cafe in downtown Port Fairy are seeking waitresses / waiters to work over the summer months.  They have a number of positions for young people who are reliable, punctual, friendly and willing to work.

In addition Rebecca’s also has a Gap Year Position for the full year.  Rebecca understands some students will be heading off on schoolies, but if you are interested you need to send your resume to Rebecca, for any of the above positions ASAP.  

Rebecca’s E-mail:  becspf@icloud.com