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.


Gap Year Traineeship Program 2023

NHW is supporting local young people interested in a health-related tertiary course of study by providing opportunities for a variety of Gap Year traineeship roles.

Kestrel Recruitment and NHW are excited to be offering the following Gap Year positions for those who will be commencing a Gap year in 2023. We are seeking applicants who are graduating Year 12 in 2022 and will be commencing University studies preferably in a health-related course in 2024.

Each position is for a 12-month period and will entail delivering a high standard of duties, care and a commitment to studying a TAFE course while working at NHW.

Certificate 3 Business Administration Traineeship

  • 1 position in the NHW Education & Research Unit
  • 1 position  in the NHW Volunteer & Philanthropic Services Unit

These positions will vary in their hours from 32 hours per fortnight up to up to 80 hours per fortnight dependent on the position you apply for. Paid study leave of up to 12hrs per month is included in the hours.

Please visit the Kestrel website for more information and to apply for Gap Year Administration Traineeship 2023


Work experience

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

Work experience at Northeast Health will recommence in February 2023

If you are a student aged over 15 years and enrolled 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.

Year 11 and year 12 students can also apply for specialist programs such as Medicine, Paediatrics, Midwifery or Allied Health professions i.e. Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

To help you get the most out of the experience, you may be rotated into 3 different areas of the hospital every day. You will spend approximately 1.5 hours in each area. Some of the areas that you may be rostered to include:

  • Aged Care
  • Community-based Programs
  • Critical Care
  • Day Stay Unit
  • Dental Clinic
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical and Surgical Ward
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology

Students on work experience will be at the hospital from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm.

How do I apply for work experience? You can apply for work experience at Northeast Health in one of two ways:

  1. Apply through your local school counsellor – local schools generally negotiate block placements for students at the beginning of each school year.
  2. Send a letter of application – if you are not a local student you can apply by sending a letter of application directly to Northeast Health Wangaratta school-based programs coordinator at 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