Welcome to 2018


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.

Warrnambool City Council Gap year Jobs – 2019

WCC – Trainee poster-1x2sltw

Warrnambool City Council is in the process of advertising their traineeship program for 2019.  We have 5 traineeship opportunities running for next year, where prospective applicants will have the opportunity to gain experience working in Local Government while studying a nationally recognised qualification.

We are hosting a traineeship information night on Tuesday 13th November at 6pmin the Reception Room (Council Offices, 25 Liebig Street).
I’ve attached a poster relating to our 2019 traineeship program, which entails what positions we have available and the related qualification.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself.
Kind Regards,

Jessica Wood | Human Resources Officer | Organisational Development
Warrnambool City Council |  Warrnambool 3280 | P.O Box 198 Warrnambool 3280
T: 0355594875 | M:  |F:  | E: jwood@warrnambool.vic.gov.au


Year 12 Scholarships 2019 – 9 Oct 2018

Up to 60 scholarships are available, for Year 12 students undertaking tertiary studies in 2019. Principals, teachers and careers advisors are encouraged to promote the Scholarships to eligible Year 12 students and their families.

About the scholarships

Up to 60 Scholarships are available to students currently in Year 12 who are planning to undertake tertiary studies in 2019.

Applications opened on 25 July 2018 and will close on Friday 1 February 2019.

Scholarships range in value from $600 to over $2,600. Some scholarships are one-off payments while others are paid for the duration of the student’s course/study annually.

Most of these scholarships have specific criteria, for example, financial need, Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or undertaking a specific degree.


Interested in a teaching degree?

  • Thirty (30) George Garibaldi Turri scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school students who will be undertaking a full-time teaching degree in 2019
  • Valued at $2,680 annually for up to four years (increases annually)


Interested in studying fine arts?

  • Twenty (20) Ella Donald Fine Arts Memorial scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school students who will be undertaking a full-time Fine Arts degree in 2019
  • Valued at $1,000 annually for the duration of the course

Are you a female Koorie student?

  • One (1) Alice Jennings scholarship is available
  • A current Year 12 female Koorie student who will be undertaking a full-time TAFE or university course in 2019 in a field that contributes to the welfare of the Koorie population (e.g. law, social work, education, psychology or applied science – health production, nursing etc.)
  • Valued at $1,000 annually for the duration of the course


Alexander Rushall Scholarships (not course specific)

  • Four (4) scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school students who will be undertaking a degree in 2019 (no restrictions on the course)
  • Valued at $1,500 as a one-off payment


Do you have a parent/guardian in the Rail, Tram and Bus Union?

Ken Matthews and Glenn Moorhead Memorial Scholarships

  • Two (2) scholarships, the Ken Matthews and Glenn Moorhead Memorial scholarships (one of each), are available
  • Current Year 12 students who have a parent/guardian who is a financial member of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Locomotive Division, who will be undertaking full-time tertiary studies in 2019 (no restrictions on the course)
  • Valued at $600 as a one-off payment

Further information

For further information on how to apply go to www.education.vic.gov.au/school/students/support/Pages/scholarships12.aspx or click on Year 12 scholarships

For additional information or queries, please contact Andrea Constantino, Student Scholarships Coordinator, on 03 9097 7375 or via email at constantino.andrea.a@edumail.vic.gov.au


Margaret Schofield Scholarships

  • Two (2) scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school students who have demonstrated a commitment to Music Performance or Composition in recent years, and to a future career in Music Performance or Composition
  • Valued at $7,000 each as one-off payments
  • For information, please contact the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) on (03) 9032 1631
  • Application forms can be found at:www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/excellenceawards/schofield_award.aspx or click on Margaret Schofield Scholarships

Francis Gregory Foundation Scholarships

  • Two (2) scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 students who intend to undertake a full-time degree at any university in Australia in 2019
  • Valued at $6,000 annually for the duration of the course
  • Eligible students need to be residents of Victoria and live in a Farming Zone and whose parents own the property from which the main family income is derived
  • For information, please contact the Francis Gregory Foundation on (03) 5625 4177
  • To obtain an application form, email your request to info@francisgregory.org.au

Dafydd Lewis Trust Scholarships

  • Multiple scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school male students who will be undertaking an undergraduate degree in any field of study with the exception of Arts, Education, Music and Theology
  • Valued at $10,000 annually for three years
  • For information and application forms, email charitabletrusts@eqt.com.au or go to https://www.dafyddlewis.com.au/ or click on Dafydd Lewis Scholarships

 Mary Jane Lewis Trust Scholarships

  • Multiple scholarships are available
  • Current Year 12 Victorian government school female students who will be undertaking an undergraduate degree in any field of study (no restrictions on the course)

Retail Traineeships – Jean Jail – Gap year Positions 2019

Jean Jail have at least 4 Gap Year Positions available for 2019.

They include:  Warehouse and Retail Stores Plus a New Position for 2019.

Creative Team Position:  this involves working with the creative team utilizing your creative skills such as Photography, Fashion Eye, Flat Laying etc.  We will train you in what you need to know.  A great deal of our sales are via the on-line portal and so you will be working with our online team.  We are looking for your photography and creative skills !

In addition you need to be Hard Working and Self Motivated.

To Apply:  Please send your Resume to casey@jeanjail.com.au

Apply NOW !


VTAC – Community Information Evening

VTAC Community Information Evening
Time:   7pm,
Date:  Thursday 9 August 2018
Venue:  Gwen and Edna Jones Auditorium
King’s College, Balmoral Road, Warrnambool

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) will be holding an open community information session. The session will cover information about applying to Universities, TAFEs and Independent Tertiary Colleges within Victoria; as well as information about the ATAR, scaling, special consideration, scholarships and offers.
This event will be of particular relevance to students currently completing VCE who are considering their post-Year 12 study options and their parents, as well as anyone in the community considering further study as a mature age applicant. Students in Years 9-11 and their parents may also find the session helpful when choosing subjects for VCE. Come along to find out everything you need to know about tertiary study in 2019 !

Job Vacancy – Trainee Court Registrar 2018

Trainee Court Registrar recruitment is now open!
While completion of VCE (or equivalent) is a minimum requirement for the role of Trainee Court Registrar, you may be in contact with past students who would be interested in the below role of Trainee Court Registrar.

Trainee Court Registrar recruitment is now open!
The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) is still recruiting for Trainee Court Registrar positions.

Applications are currently open until 31 December 2018.
The position is advertised at :

Only completed applications submitted via the link above during the set period will be considered.   Attached is a link to the MCV website where you can locate valuable information about the role of a Trainee Court Registrar and a potential career with MCV.

Court proceedings are open to the public and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit a Court to observe proceedings prior to lodging an application.

We would appreciate if you could please forward this information on to any students who may be interested.

If you require any further information or clarification please call the Workplace Development and Support Team on 9032 0907.

Magistrates Court Victoria


Tertiary Open Days – Term 3 – 2018 Calendar

Open Days are coming up for most Victorian universities in Term 3 – but what are Open Days all about?  Which ones should you go to, and what will you do when you get there?

What is Open Day? On Open Day, a university opens its doors to anyone who is interested in attending their university in the future, or who would just like to know more about the university. University Open Days are well worth attending because they can help you make one of life’s important decisions. They usually occur on weekends during Term 3 of the school year.

Open Day advice  – Who can attend? Anybody can attend Open Day, and it’s important to remember that you don’t have to wait until Year 12 to go along. You might be in a lower year level at the moment and just beginning to consider university in the future – this is a great time to get a head start on finding out more about higher education and the study options available. Open Days are also a great chance for parents/guardians to find out more about their child’s future study options.

What happens at Open Day? Universities run tours of their campuses, have staff and student representatives from different courses and faculties to talk about what they do and they provide information about all different study services. Among the presentations, activities, food and fun, you also have an opportunity to talk informally with current students who are studying in the courses you are considering. Open Days also give you a chance to soak up the culture of university life while you’re still deciding your options for future study. While you are there, you can take the opportunity to ask questions about courses, facilities and your future plans, as well as exploring campuses, from teaching and learning areas to libraries, cafes, social spaces and accommodation.

“Must do” items to tick off:

  • Visit the areas such as students support services and student lounges to check out what it’s like to be a student. Does the campus feel like a place you’d like to belong?
  • Go on a campus tour and see what facilities and resources are available on campus.
  • Don’t just talk to university staff: make sure you chat with some current students of the institution. They are experts on what it’s like to study there, and have recently gone through the process of selecting and getting into their course.
  • Bring someone along with you. Parents/guardians are a great option as they may have information they want to find out too. A friend or other family member can also be helpful and make you feel comfortable making your first trip onto campus.
  • Watch out for student clubs and societies who will be around on the day. These can be an exciting addition to university life and cover a huge range of interests, often creating lots of social opportunities and freebies.

“Must find out” items to tick off:

  • Different pathways into the courses in which you’re interested.
  • Any prerequisite subjects or tasks for the courses you’re considering.
  • The time commitment of the course your considering (how many years it takes to complete the course, how many hours per week will you need to attend lectures and tutorials, and do extra reading and studying- uni doesn’t have set hours like school). What public transport and parking options are available if you are going to travel to uni.
  • What accommodation is available if you are considering moving away from home to go to uni.
  • The facilities that are available at the campus. Libraries, cafes, banks, book stores, security services are all commonly found at uni campuses.

What questions should I ask current university students?

  • Why do you choose to study at this university?
  • What is it like living away from home?
  • What do you wish you’d known before you started studying?
  • What jobs does your course lead to?
  • What are the best and worst things about uni in your opinion?
  • How have you found the course so far – what are the teaching / facilities / support like.
  • What’s this town/suburb like to live in?

What questions should I ask University staff ?

  • What are the prerequisites for the courses I’m considering?
  • What are my options if I don’t get the ATAR for this course?
  • What services and facilities are available for students?
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?

What questions should I ask students and staff at on-campus accommodation?

  • Who can live on-campus at this university?
  • How long can I live on-campus for?
  • Am I guaranteed a place in on-campus accommodation if I’m accepted into a course?
  • How do I apply for accommodation?
  • What type of accommodation is available? (i.e. single rooms, shared room, shared or private bathroom and kitchens, room or flat living).
  • What extras are provided for students who live on-campus? (i.e. food, support services, social program, sports and recreational facilities).
  • What are the costs of living on-campus?

Please See the full list of Open Days for 2018 – attachment on Compass

Copies available at the VCE Front Desk.

Peter Bollard – Careers Practitioner

Open Day calendar – Link: 

Tertiary Information Evening – Year 10 to 12 Parents / Students

Parent & Student Information Evening:  Wed 28 March 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Venue:  Deakin University – Warrnambool Campus.

The tertiary sector have come together in offering parents and students a great opportunity to speak with a number on representatives from universities, TAFE Colleges and Independent Colleges. Parents and students from Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend.   (Note:  Year 12 students will be attending from school on the morning from 9:00 am on Wed 28 March). Learn all about:

  • Courses, VCE pre-requisites and extra entry requirements.
  • The VTAC Application process – Key Dates.
  • Costs of Further Study, Financial Assistance & Scholarships
  • How to make a successful transition from school to university or TAFE life.


Peter Bollard Careers Practitioner


Visual Art Winter School: Folio Preparation


The VCA’s Visual Art Winter School: Folio Preparation is a crucial intensive short course in contemporary visual art practice.  Guided by a dedicated artist and industry professional, you will gain a fundamental insight into preparing your visual art folio; a pivotal asset of the professional artist. This workshop is perfect for those embarking on VCE study in visual art and those planning to pursue creative tertiary study in visual and fine arts at the VCA or elsewhere.


Essential Information

10.00am – 4.00pm 9 Monday  -13 Friday July 2018 Prior experience with visual art making (e.g. painting, drawing, photography) is beneficial but not essential This course is suitable for 15 to 20 year olds Students will need to supply their own materials


Full Fee $550

For further information, please contact: E: visualart-shortcourses@unimelb.edu.au T: + 61 3 8344 6951

Job Vacancy – Business Traineership

This job has just been advertised and might suit a Yr 12 student from 2017 – Please pass on to anyone you know who is seeking a position.

Westvic Staffing Solutions in partnership with Aussie Broadband are seeking suitable applicants to apply for the position of Business Trainee.   Tasks include

  • Greeting customers
  • Answering telephones
  • Receiving payments
  • General administration tasks
  • Key requirements
  • Friendly professional nature
  • Attention to detail
  • General computer skills
  • Well presented with a strong work ethic
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Willingness to undertake Certificate III in Business
  • Drivers licence would be beneficial but not essential
  • Position will be full time for a contract period of 12 months with the scope to be employed permanently post the traineeship. School leavers encouraged to apply.   For further information please contact Anthony Smith  at Westvic Staffing Solutions on 55619 000 or email asmith@westvic.org.au   Applications close 5pm Friday 9th March 2018
  • Anthony Smith Apprentice / Trainee Consultant 190 Koroit St, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280 PO Box: 933 P.  03 5561 9000 F. 03 5562 1858 M. 0427 356 826

UMAT Preparation Workshop Schedule 2018 (Year 10, 11 & 12 Students)

Places are filling fast – don’t miss out!

Click here to view  available workshop dates


Whether you are in Year 10, 11 or 12, our face-to-face full day UMAT workshop is an excellent chance for you to assess your UMAT knowledge and discover what areas need the most attention. The workshop includes 5 hours of tuition time to cover every section of the UMAT, the various types of questions to be encountered and how to tackle them, and of course Medical Interviews.

After a short lunch break, students will be sitting full strength, 3 hours UMAT mock paper under strict test conditions. Our past students always say that this part of the day is a very similar experience to the one when attempting the real UMAT. So why not put yourself through this experience and identify your strengths and weaknesses before the actual big day.

The Simulated UMAT Day is finalised by scoring the test, answering students’ questions, and providing advice and recommendations. Make sure you take the opportunity to meet and discuss the UMAT with our expert teacher and ask any questions you may have.

Please note, places for this event are strictly limited and registration is required.

Click here  to register online.

Alternatively, browse our website to see what you can gain by truly preparing yourself for one of the biggest days of your life. If you are serious about a career in health and considering structured UMAT preparation, we also highly recommend our PlatinumPremium or DLP UMAT Courses.

NIE UMAT preparation resources include:

UMAT Preparation Textbooks

UMAT Workshops

UMAT Tuition

Medical Interview Preparation

Recent UMAT NIE Blogs:

UMAT 2018 Date and Registration

Why study Medicine? Entry from a current Undergraduate Medicine Student at Monash University.

So Where Do I Start my UMAT Journey…And how much time do I need to get ready for the UMAT?

Balancing UMAT preparation with Year 12 studies. How much time should I spend on UMAT practice?

How do you structure your UMAT Preparation? Can you study and successfully prepare for the UMAT?

UMAT percentile and UMAT scores requirement for medicine and dentistry. What if I don’t get the right mark? ATAR and Year 12 academic achievement.

Preparing for Medical Interviews. The structured panel, semi-structured interviews, and MMI.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions in relation to UMAT preparation or our services.

Best Wishes,   The NIE TEAM

National Institute of Education

1300 974 187    mob. 0404 197 178

mob. 0412 439 115   enquiries@nie.edu.au    www.nie.edu.au