Career Support

Northern Bay College prides itself on the Career and Pathway decisions made by our students ensuring they are best suited to their individuality, their interests and their needs.

Jo Parcell

Careers Manager, Ms Joanne Parcell is a qualified and experienced specialist who is passionate about ensuring that every student has access to careers experiences, advice and opportunities, as well as providing individual guidance and counselling. Ms Parcell can be contacted via email

Opportunities provided include:

  • Training on how to explore different jobs, careers and pathways
  • Work Experience
  • SBAT - School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • VET- Vocational Education and Training in Schools
  • SWL - Structured Work Place Learning
  • Head Start Program
  • Face to Face, personalised Career Counselling
  • Career Actions Plans
  • My Career Insights for Year 9 students

The Careers Department endeavours to bring independent partners into the college to ensure students are getting a variety of information. Our Partners include:

  • Universities
  • TAFEs
  • Registered Training Providers
  • Industry Leaders
  • Local and Federal Government organisations
  • Apprenticeship and Employment agencies

The Careers Department also ensures students are given access to experiences and programs that can enhance their Careers and Pathways education. These may include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Excursions
  • Industry immersion and mentoring programs
  • External agency referrals

Ms Parcell offers confidential, personalised assistance for any student, as well as giving regular group presentations. Topics can include:

  • Writing Resumes and cover letters
  • Applying for a Tax File Number
  • Job vacancies and how to apply
  • University and TAFE course counselling
  • Explaining the differences between VCE and VCAL in regards to career preferences
  • Explaining how an ATAR and SEAs can support a University application
  • Explaining what benefits are gained through SNAP, VUG and ATAR processes.
  • Exploring and using VTAC for university courses post Year 12.

School Based Apprenticeship + Traineeships – SBAT’s.

Northern Bay College encourages students to find success on whatever pathway best suits their individual strengths and interests. One of the best ways to do that is to gain employment experience and industry training, and one of the best ways to do that is by undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship / Traineeship – SBAT.

How does it operate at NBC?

SBAT’s are a combination of training and work experience that is completed outside of normal Northern Bay College classes. Most students who undertake an SBAT are given an allowance in their timetable to be able to attend.

There are three important elements of an SBAT

  • School Based Apprenticeship – partial completion of 1st year apprenticeship training
  • School Based Traineeship – completing a full Cert II or Cert III VET qualification
  • The employment is a real, paid, working position. Students become part of the workforce for that company and are therefore expected to behave, act and participate in the same manner as any other employee

Student Requirements for an SBAT placement

  • Must be 15 years old to participate
  • Every students must attend their training and work placements when required
  • Must be aware that some evening, weekend or holiday work may be required as part of the program
  • Not every student is guaranteed a position
  • Must contribute a minimum of 13 hours per week
  1. 7-8 hours per week at work
  2. 4- 5 hours per week in training / theory

SBAT Programs

There is a large variety of programs on offer, with most filling very quickly, so students are encouraged to make their choices early. Alternatively, students are very welcome to find their own employer and Northern Bay College will assist everyone involved to set up personalised SBAT program.

What To Do Next

Interested students and/or parents are invited to contact Melissa Inderberg, SBAT Coordinator:


Phone 03 5224 9721

Useful links

Application Form - If you are wanting to do an SBAT in any of the programs listed above

Expression of Interest - If you wish to do an SBAT in an alternate field /industry

Employer Expression of Interest - If you have an employer that is interested in joining the program

Northern Bay College is a proud member of these two committees who support local business and industry to bring enrichment and experience from workplaces into the lives of young people through School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities