You are here: Home » Careers » Opportunities for School Students

Opportunities for School Students

Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5149
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 our non-clinical or clinical work experience program at Northeast Health. Our work experience programs aim to give you the opportunity to experience a wide range of careers available at the hospital.

The Year 10 to 12 general program is a four-day experience. Students in this program will attend Northeast Health from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

General Non-Clinical Program

We can support students, depending on availability and approval, to undertake work experience in the following areas:

  • IT – Computer services
  • Environmental Services – cleaning, bed making, Orderly duties
  • Food Services – Food assistant, Food monitors, Food preparation roles
  • Administration – support service areas
  • CSSD – sterilisation services for Operating theatres
  • Diversity and Inclusion Unit –various roles
  • Supply & logistics- storehouse

If you are interested in applying to our non-clinical four-day program, please notify your school Careers Advisor and complete the online application form or email with your details including your name, Year level,  school name, careers advisor contact details and the areas you are seeking work experience.

General Clinical Program

Students will visit three hospital areas per day, spending 1.5 hours in each area. Some of the areas that you may be rostered to include:

  • Community-based Programs
  • Day Stay Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical and Surgical Wards
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Unit
  • 1.5 hrs with an Allied Health professional (Physiotherapist or Dietician)

How do I apply for general work experience?

If you are a student from North East Victoria, please apply through your school’s 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 email the Northeast Health Student Programs Coordinator at with your details including your name, Year level,  school name, careers advisor contact details and the dates you are seeking work experience.

Year 11 – 12 Specialist Programs

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 and include the following details: your name, Year level, school name, careers advisor’s contact details, and the date/s you are seeking work experience. If applying for Medicine, a letter from your Year-Level Coordinator must also be submitted stating you are academically on track to enroll in this course of study.

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


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.


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