Welcome to 2016


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.

Jobs Jobs Jobs – Fresh Food Vacancies (12 Sept 2016)

A new in town retailer is seeking people aged over 15 years to employ on a casual and in on-going positions.  You need to be able to learn new skills, be interested in customer service, be punctual, handle cash, clean premises, and be available for after school, and weekend work.  The employer will look at a VCAL Traineeship position and Year 12 Exit Gap year positions also.  Positions are at Country Meats and Wings and Things (New business starting in November at Gateway). Contact David – directly on 0425 731 600 or david@wingsandthings.net.au



Dear Parent / Guardian / Student,

Parents and students are reminded of the deadlines for making your application for admission into a TAFE or University course via a VTAC Application for 2017.

VTAC APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 29 September 2016 (5:00 pm)
SEAS Applications Close: Tuesday 4 October 2016 (5:00 pm)
Scholarships via VTAC: Friday 14 October 2016 – (5 pm)
VCE results & ATAR via On-line: Monday 12 December 2016 – (7:00 am)
VTAC Change of Preferences Period: 21 November to 20 December 2016 (12.00 noon).
VTAC First Round Offers: On-line Monday 18 January 2017. 2:00 pm. (On-line / E-mail)

However you are advised that students should complete an application by the end of Term 3 – Friday 16 September, so that if you have any difficulties making your application we can provide some assistance.

Remember: Students MUST pay the VTAC Application Fee ($32.00) before VTAC will forward your application to a tertiary institution. We recommend you pay as soon as you complete your application. Final Closing Date to pay VTAC is 29 September 2016. Failure to pay the VTAC Application Fee will negate your application and Selection Officers will not be able to consider you for a course.

All students are strongly encouraged to make a VTAC Application as it increases your career and employment opportunities. Once your VTAC Application is made you are able to concentrate on your final assessments and revisit (change) your VTAC course preferences once the exams are completed and you know your results (12 December).

Students should receive your ATAR Score and individual study scores on Monday 12 December and will have until Tuesday 20 December to Change VTAC Preferences if you wish.

On-Campus Accommodation: You Need to Apply before the end of the school Holidays in September, Most accommodation applications are done online. See various institution websites

Thinking of Having a Gap Year: Well do you have a Job ? If not think Again. Start Applying!

If you are looking for Employment – Apply before the end of the year – after the exams. Register with Westvic or any other Employment Agency such as WDEA.

South West TAFE – Apply Directly to the Institute. Many applied courses available such as: Aged Care, Agriculture, Arts, Business, Community Services, Nursing, Childcare, Tourism, Events, Maritime, Environment, Hairdressing & Beauty, Trades (Automotive, Building, Electrical, Engineering, Plumbing).

If you have any questions please contact me directly on 55 644 406. Please keep this for your reference.

Peter Bollard
Careers Practitioner

Year 12 Students Transition Program: 2016


All Year 12 students seeking to apply for University or TAFE for 2017, should have Received their copy of the VTAC guide by now.  If you have not done so – Contact Mr Bollard ASAP.  The guides where distributed to students  last week at a special assembly where the VTAC application process was explained.

Most students will be able to complete their VTAC Application at home, but  we will run lunchtime workshops for students to attend so that all can be registered and have at least 1 preference on the system before the closing date.

A parent / guardian  presentation was conducted last week, to explain the VTAC process, how to apply for SEAS and scholarships, accommodation we will also look at issues such as Funding Tertiary study, Gap years, Finding employment etc.  It was close to a full house – so if you could not attend please contact me for an outline.

VTAC APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 29 September 2016 (5:00 pm)

However students are advised that you should complete your application by the end of Term 3  – Friday 16 September. This is to ensure that any problems encountered can be dealt with by school staff, well before the Closing Date.  For example – sometimes Birth Dates and names do not match

VCE Results & ATAR Scores: Monday 12 December 2016 at 7:00 am (Website service).

VTAC Change of Preferences:  21 Nov to 20 Dec 2016 – 12:00 noon. (FINAL)

VTAC  First Round Offers:  Monday 18 January 2017. (Online – E-mail)


SEAS is the umbrella program run by most institutions for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

It allows selection officers to grant extra consideration for course entry to applicants, but is NOT USED AS A REPLACEMENT for course entry requirements. If a student does not complete the extra requirements for a course, then having a SEAS application will not help. Students will still need to attend all interviews, sit any required tests, submit all required folios, and fill in all required forms, regardless of the SEAS application.

Specific questions about how SEAS is used in selection for specific courses should be directed to the institution. REMEMBER THAT ALL APPLICANTS ARE SELECTED IN A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. Fulfilment of all course eligibility requirements (with or without SEAS) does not guarantee an offer.

SEAS Categories (4):

  1. Personal information and Location.
  2. Difficult family circumstances.
  3. Disadvantaged socio-economic background.
  4. Personal disability or medical condition.

Warrnambool students are all eligible for Category No 1:  Rural Background.

Not all institutions recognise all categories. VTAC’s website with SEAS link will provide an overview of the categories recognised by participating institutions. SEAS will boost your eligibility for entry, just by using Category 1 by about 5 or 6 points.

For all the latest Careers information and links to some fantastic web resources – Please visit the Careers Blog located on the College Home Page: http://wblcollcareers.global2.vic.edu.au/

Warrnambool College Transition Program:

This year we have conducted lunchtime sessions for year 12 students on the following

23 February – JMC Academy Presentation – Provider of Specialist Media, Arts, Graphics, Music programs.

22 March – Deakin University Nursing Programs – Registered Nursing and Midwifery Course and Careers

12 April – Gap year Programs – Philippines – What to do in a Gap Year? Volunteering Overseas.

20 April – Presentation by the International College of Hotel Management.

10 May – Deakin University Business & Law Programs – Why do Business & Law ?  Career pathways.

17 May – Occupational Therapy – Ex Student from LaTrobe University outlined the many transition issues she encountered from leaving home and moving to Melbourne.  Along with how the course operated, her clinical placements, accommodation, and finally how she has now returned to work locally with Moyne Health Services.

24 May – Australian Defence Forces – Careers in Trades with the ADF.

14 June – How to use the VTAC Website !  Researching Courses and Careers.

12 July – Psychology and Psychophysiology courses at Swinburne – Presentation by Year 3 Ex Student – Marli Culkin

19 July – Ex-Students from University of Melbourne discussed their transition issues including why they chose to do a Science or Psychology course. How the Unimelb course system works to you favour, living on campus, finding jobs in Melbourne and  future plans.

11 August – VTAC Briefing for Students.  Why apply ?  How to apply, How to pay online; What is SEAS and Why it is important;  How to apply for scholarships;  VTAC Deadlines.

16 August – Ex  Students explain how they were successful in applying for scholarships.  Tips for new players, and why you should apply, how to prepare for scholarship interviews.

16 August – Uni SA, Introduction to the university and what they have to offer in the region and in Adelaide.

23 August – Deakin University – Warrnambool Campus – advantages of studying at home. Accommodation options and Pathways Courses.

29 August – Federation University, Courses and Pathway Options.

30 August – VTAC and SEAS Workshops.

5 September – South West TAFE – Courses, Apprenticeships and Pathways

6 September – Deakin University Accelerated Learning Program for gifted students (SEALP).

4 October – How to Successfully Apply for a Gap year Job ?

Plus VTAC Workshops at lunchtimes for those students who need assistance.


Tertiary Institutions Open Days – 2016


Institution Campus Date Time Further information
Abbey Road Institute https://abbeyroadinstitute.com.au/en/book-a-visit
Academy of Design Australia Melbourne 7 August 2016 9am – 5pm http://www.academyofdesign.edu.au/news/Events/Open-Day-August-2016.aspx
Academy of Information Technology http://www.ait.nsw.edu.au/
Academy of Interactive Entertainment Melbourne 14 August 2016 19 November 2016 10am – 3pm 10am – 3pm http://www.aie.edu.au/openday
Australian Catholic University Melbourne Ballarat 14 August 2016 28 August 2016 10am – 4pm 10am – 3pm http://www.openday.acu.edu.au/
Australian College of Applied Psychology Melbourne 14 August 2016 10am – 2pm http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/info-sessions/
Australian College of Sports Therapy City 31 July 2016 14 August 2016 22 September 2016 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm 4pm – 6pm http://www.sportstherapy.edu.au
Australian Guild of Music Education By appointment – http://www.guildmusic.edu.au
Australian Institute of Music Melbourne 13 August 2016 10am – 3pm http://aim.edu.au/events
Australian Maritime College Launceston 7 August 2016 10am – 3pm http://www.amc.edu.au/openday
Australian School of Management Perth 3 September 2016 10am – 1pm http://www.asm.edu.au
Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Echuca Charleston Road http://education.bendigotafe.edu.au/ExperienceDays2016
Billy Blue College of Design Melbourne http://www.billyblue.edu.au/news-events/upcoming-events
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Leura 3 September 2016 10am – 2pm http://www.bluemountains.edu.au/openday2016
Box Hill Institute Box Hill Lilydale 28 August 2016 21 August 2016 10am – 3pm 10am – 3pm http://www.boxhill.edu.au/events/
Charles Sturt University https://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/unilife/campuses/campus-tours/book-a-tour
Chisholm Dandenong 20 August 2016 11am – 3pm studentrecruitment@chisholm.edu.au
Collarts (Australian College of the Arts) South Melbourne 6 August 2016 https://collarts.edu.au/
CQUniversity Melbourne Virtual Open Day On-campus and Distance Education 6 August – 10 September 2016 http://www.cqu.edu.au/opendays
Deakin College Burwood Geelong Waterfront and Geelong Waurn Ponds 28 August 2016 21 August 2016 9am – 4pm 9am – 3pm http://openday.deakin.edu.au/
Deakin University Warrnambool Geelong Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront Melbourne Burwood 7 August 2016 21 August 2016 28 August 2016 9am – 3pm 9am – 3pm 9am – 4pm http://openday.deakin.edu.au/
Eastern College Australia Mulgrave 10 September 2016 11am – 1pm http://eastern.edu.au
Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College http://www.ellylukas.edu.au/
Endeavour College of Natural Health City http://www.endeavour.edu.au/events
Federation University Australia Camp Street, Gippsland, and Mount Helen (Ballarat) Berwick 28 August 2016 17 August 2016 10am – 3pm 4pm – 8pm http://federation.edu.au/openday
Footscray City Films / Footscray City College Footscray 21 August 2016 1pm – 4pm http://footscrayfilms.com.au/tafe/open-day/
Gordon (The) City (Geelong) 21 August 2016 11am – 3pm http://www.thegordon.edu.au
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE http://www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/courses/information-sessions/
Health Skills Australia Melbourne 10 August 2016 6pm http://www.healthskills.com.au/studying-at-hsa/information-evening-registration/
Holmes Institute http://www.holmes.edu.au/
Holmesglen Chadstone City (St Kilda Rd) Moorabbin Waverley http://www.holmesglen.edu.au/students/open_days
JMC Academy http://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/open-days/register-for-our-next-open-day-2016-(1)
Kangan Institute Broadmeadows Docklands 29 July 2016 4 August 2016 10am – 2pm 10am – 2pm http://realeducation.kangan.edu.au/GPExperienceBroadmeadows2016 http://realeducation.kangan.edu.au/GPExperienceDocklands2016
La Trobe Melbourne Melbourne (Bundoora) 7 August 2016 10am – 4pm http://www.latrobemelbourne.edu.au/openday
La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Melbourne Shepparton Mildura Sydney 15 August 2016 14 August 2016 7 August 2016 5 August 2016 17 August 2016 4 August 2016 http://www.latrobe.edu.au/openday
LaTrobe College of Art and Design Collingwood http://www.latrobecollege.edu.au/
Longerenong College Longerenong 14 August 2016 10am – 3pm http://www.longy.com.au
Macleay College City 6 August 2016 https://macleay.typeform.com/to/cGQ2IX
Marcus Oldham College Waurn Ponds (Geelong) 14 August 2016 10am – 2.30pm http://www.marcusoldham.vic.edu.au
Melbourne Institute of Technology http://www.mit.edu.au
Melbourne Polytechnic http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au
Monash College Clayton 7 August 2016 10am – 4pm http://www.monash.edu/open-day/
Monash University Peninsula Caulfield and Clayton Parkville 6 August 2016 7 August 2016 21 August 2016 10am – 3pm 10am – 4pm 10am – 3pm http://www.monash.edu/open-day/
Moorabbin Flying Services Flight Operations 14 August 2016 10am – 2pm http://www.mfs.com.au
Navitas College of Public Safety City 14 August 2016 10am – 2pm http://www.ncps.edu.au/information-session-registration-form/
Northern College of the Arts and Technology Preston 10 September 2016 12pm – 4pm http://ncat.vic.edu.au/ncat-blog
Oceania Polytechnic Institute of Education City 7 August 2016 10am – 4pm http://www.opie.vic.edu.au
Photographic Imaging College http://www.pic.org.au
Photography Studies College Melbourne 14 August 2016 10am – 3pm http://psc.edu.au
RMIT University Melbourne City, Brunswick and Bundoora 14 August 2016 10am – 4pm http://openday.rmit.edu.au/
SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne 6 August 2016 11am – 3pm https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/melbourne-campus-open-day-6-august-2016/?date=2016-08-06&id=558
Sage Institute of Education http://www.sage.edu.au/contact-us/
Southern School of Natural Therapies Fitzroy http://www.ssnt.edu.au/about/ssnt-events
Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn 31 July 2016 10am – 4pm http://www.swinburne.edu.au/openday
Torrens University Australia Melbourne http://www.torrens.edu.au/about/events
Tractor Design School Melbourne Sydney 14 August 2016 27 August 2016 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm http://www.tractor.edu.au/events/tractor-melbourne-open-day http://www.tractor.edu.au/events/tractor-sydney-open-day
University of Melbourne (The) Parkville 21 August 2016 10am – 4pm http://openday.unimelb.edu.au
VFA Learning http://www.vfalearning.vic.edu.au/
Victoria University Footscray Park 28 August 2016 10am – 3pm http://www.vu.edu.au/openday
Victorian Institute of Technology Melbourne Culinary Training School (Abbotsford) http://www.vit.edu.au/contact-us/
William Angliss Institute of TAFE City 14 August 2016 10am – 4pm https://www.angliss.edu.au/openday
WYN Institute Melbourne http://wyn.edu.au/


Full Time Job Vacancies: Apprenticeships: May 2016

If you are interested in Applying for any of the following Positions:

Cabinet making Apprenticeships x 2 (Koroit)
Landscaping Apprenticeship (Koroit)
Chef Apprenticeships (Local and Port Fairy)
Farming Apprenticeship (Mepunga)
Contact Shane at MEGT 5560 5039 (182 Fary Street)


Locksmih Apprenticeship (Warrnambool) Contact Tim at Westvic Group Training 5561 9000

Join the Air Force Cadets – Year 8 & 9 Students (413 Squadron Warrnambool)

Air Force Cadets – Seeking young people aged 13 to 15 years (year 8 & 9) to recruit. If you are interested and want to learn more, please come along to the recruiting session: 6:45pm, Thursday 10 March – Pertobe Road, Warrnambool.

The AAFC will teach you valuable life skills and will help you develop qualities including leadership, self reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication.

Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding.

Veterinary & Agriculture Science Open Day – Unimelb – Werribee Campus

Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: 250 Princes Highway, Werribee Victoria 3030

  • Explore our popular Bachelor of Agriculture, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diploma in General Studies programs
  • Discover masters and higher research programs in the veterinary, agricultural and food sciences
  • Attend course information lectures
  • Discuss a range of other careers in science, veterinary nursing and equine studies with other education providers
  • Tour our world-class Veterinary Teaching Hospital*
  • Receive course advice from University of Melbourne staff
  • Meet our academic staff and current students
  • Feast at food stalls and support our student interest groups
  • More Details and Tour Bookings – See:  http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/werribee-open-day-2016

VET Courses: Year 10, 11 and 12 Students – 2016

This year we have just under 100 students undertaking Vocational Education and Training Courses outside the College. Courses at SW TAFE commence on Thursday 11 February. Final VET Course Confirmation letters were distributed to all VET students via their Tute Group Teacher on Tues 2 February. The Letter confirms the following: Start Dates and Times, Campus to attend, Transport Arrangements, and most importantly Holiday Block Attendance Dates (where applicable). If you are in doubt Please contact Mr Bollard ASAP.

Students undertaking VET Music at Emmanuel College commence Thursday 4 February at 1:25 pm. Students to meet their Teacher at the Main Office at the McAuley Campus – Ardlie Street.

VET Travel Arrangements: All students attending Thursday Afternoon VET Courses at SW TAFE are required to travel to South West TAFE by the Bus’s provided by the School. The Bus’s leave from the Bus interchange at 12:25 pm Each Week and travels to both the Sherwood Park (Deakin) Campus and the Timor Street Campus and the Trade Centre at Carumut Road. The Bus will not wait for late comers. Students attending other times will need to make your own travel arrangements.

VET Clothing and Safety Requirements: Reminder that for all trade courses, correct leather shoes and overalls are required. Students usually change into their VET gear at TAFE once they arrive on the bus.

VET Holiday Block Sessions: Many of the VET program also conduct Holiday lessons. Each student is expected to attend these lessons. To check if you have a holiday block requirement – go to www.swtafe.edu.au/tafeinschools. Choose Timetables

Note: The Final Confirmation Letters include the VET holiday Block Dates if they are applicable to you!

Parents need to note that planning holidays should be done avoiding these holiday dates. Attending Holiday Blocks is Compulsory and failure to do so will mean you cannot complete the course.

Attendance: VET Students are required to attend all timetabled lessons because these programs are competency based – attendance is essential every week. If you cannot attend, you should e-mail your TAFE Teacher and explain your situation.

Posted in VET

Work Experience – Year 10, 11 & 12 – 2016 Block Dates

Year 10 Students:

All year 10 students are strongly encouraged to undertake Work Experience with your Form Group. This will be organised by Mr Bollard via your Year 10 Humanities Class Teacher.

Work Experience is about learning to develop your generic employment skills. It is not about job training but rather about work shadowing, where you work with people and learn more about the workforce. The idea is to take you out of your comfort zone and immerse you an environment that is not that familiar to you. Its about how to work with people, to be flexible and adaptable. All the skills you need to be successful in the modern workforce. In essence its is about improving your personal skills and make you aware of all the opportunities our community (Employers in particular) can offer you. Many students are offered part-time or casual positions as a result of completing a Work Experience placement. Employers complete an evaluation form and you can use this as evidence of your involvement and it may help you obtain other positions in the future. Most employers looking for apprentices will want to see at least 2 or 3 Work Experience reports as evidence of your commitment and interest in the trade before they will consider you for a full-time position.

Work Experience Forms are being distributed by the Year 10 Humanities Teachers and need to be returned to your Commerce 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.

2016 Work Experience Dates are as follows:

Tues 15 Mar to Frid 18 Mar: Mrs Penn & Mr Payne’s Humanities Groups

Mon 16 May to Frid 20 May: Ms Brennan’s Humanities Groups

Mon 23 May to Frid 27 May: Ms Collis’s Humanities Groups

Mon 25 July to Frid 29 July: Mr Finn’s Humanities Groups

Mon 14 Nov to Frid 18 Nov: Mr Darts Humanities Group

Year 11 & Year 12 Students:

Work Experience is avaialble through the school during each of the holiday breaks – but not during the Christmas holidays. See Mr Bollard to arrange a placement.

Note: More professinal placements are avaialble to Year 11 & year 12 students.