Sample A New Career


Career and learning opportunities now appear almost endless and sifting through the myriad of options can be a daunting task. 

COVERED. found out why the Northern Beaches Community College is a great way to sample potential work choices or changes.

The Northern Beaches Community College (NBCC) straddles both ends of the peninsula with campuses in Brookvale and Narrabeen and is offering increasing numbers of accredited and vocational qualifications.

You can still study Photography, Spanish and Painting in Watercolour, but the modern day community college is about so much more. Accredited courses allow students to gain qualifications that are recognised Australia wide and can sometimes be used towards gaining further qualifications as part of a ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’.

NBCC, a winner in the 2017 Local Business Awards for providing outstanding education service, offers nationally accredited courses in a range of areas, work skill courses and a leisure and lifestyle program. 

An area of particular growth is Management and Human Resources with courses including a:

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management 
  • Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources.

The Diploma of Leadership and Management is about extending and building on existing skills and has been designed by industry professionals to help bring out a student’s natural initiative, judgement and communication skills to support the rest of the workforce. Held on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays, it can be done while working full-time and ensures a company can upskill existing staff to prepare them to take on extra responsibilities and duties, rather than looking externally for new candidates. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government.


NBCC Students who are they?

  • School leavers aged 15+
  • Workers wanting to change careers
  • Workers looking to upskill
  • People wanting to get back into employment
  • Trainees 

There are also courses and accredited qualifications to be gained in community services, aged care, health assistance and early childhood education. Business, bookkeeping and hospitality are other areas covered by accredited training. There are more opportunities to help you upskill or update your training to allow access to more employment opportunities, as with the leadership and management diploma. College trainers are industry qualified and have extensive experience.

Government funding for certain courses means students may be eligible to enrol without having to pay fees, and there are other concessions and scholarships available plus a payment plan that can be worked out to cover course fees in manageable instalments.

“The courses on offer can be a great way for a student leaving school to try out a potential career path without incurring a huge debt. Also, for people wishing to change careers, who are still unsure about the exact new path they want to take,” explains Lynn Bradford, Business Development.

The costs of study tend to be far less than those of universities and the class sizes smaller, with more personalised trainer guidance. With most courses being part-time, students are able to continue other work to ensure they have an income while studying. Many of the courses have a work experience element so students can actually try the work they will be doing or, at the very least, get an insight into their prospective career. 

Enrol now for 2018. 
Contact NBCC on 9970 1000 or visit


The majority of the qualifications from Certificate III level and above, offered at NBCC, can be studied through a traineeship pathway. The administration fee for new entrant traineeships has been capped at $1000. Businesses can receive Government incentive payments of up to $4000 to upskill staff with customised training that dovetails with the needs of individual businesses.

The study is done in conjunction with work. This allows the employer to upskill employees and receive a government incentive and for the worker to gain a nationally accredited qualification and learn new skills while being employed.

For more information contact (02) 9970 1000.

Northern Beaches Community College
Level 1/14 William Street, Brookvale
1525 Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen
(02) 9970 1000  |