Opportunities for School Students

Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5149
Email: students@nhw.org.au
Margaret Boyd Education Centre
Dixon Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Northeast Health is committed to providing entry-level pathways to support local young people who wish to pursue a career in the health workforce. Placement programs are available to help students develop and consolidate skills and experiences across various clinical and non-clinical departments.


Work experience

A group of young schools students stood in the garden at NHW
School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

If you are a student in Years 10 to 12, you are eligible to participate in the general work experience program at Northeast Health. Our work experience program aims to give you the opportunity to experience a wide range of careers available in health.

General Program

The Year 10 to 12 General program is a four day experience. Students will visit three hospital areas per day, spending 1.5 hours in each area.

Students on this program will attend Northeast Health from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Some of the areas that you may be rostered to include:

  • Community-based Programs
  • Day Stay Unit
  • Dental Clinic
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical and Surgical Wards
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Unit

How do I apply for General work experience?

If you are a student from North East Victoria – please apply through your school Careers Counsellor.
Local regional schools generally negotiate block placements for their students at the beginning of each school year. Places are limited, so please get your name on the list early to avoid disappointment.

If you are not a student from North East Victoria – please send a letter of application directly to the Northeast Health Student Programs Coordinator at students@nhw.org.au.

Year 11 – 12 Specialist Program

Students in years 11 and 12 can also apply to spend 1 to 2 days in a specialist area such as Medicine, Paediatrics, Midwifery or Allied Health professions i.e. Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

How do I apply for Specialist work experience?

Email your application to students@nhw.org.au. Please include a cover letter, resume and recent school report.
Please note that places are limited and early application is advised.

If you have any questions about either of our work experience programs, please contact students@nhw.org.au.


School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

At Northeast Health, you can participate in School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs), giving you the opportunity to complete entry-level traineeships while you are still at school. If you are enrolled in an SBAT, you complete your theory work through a local TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You also undertake paid work for 1 day a week in the relevant area at Northeast Health.

In the SBAT program, you will complete a Certificate III in Aged Care.


Vocational education training in schools (VETIS)

If you are a student in Year 10, 11 or 12, you can participate in the Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETIS) health program. This program allows you to study a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance over a two-year period. You are also expected to work one day every two weeks, alternating with your theory classes at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.


Useful Links

GOTAFE – Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Kestrel Recruitment is a local Recruitment and Group Training Organisation

The Centre for Continuing Education offers mentoring and support, short courses, and certificate courses