A group of 43 senior high school students has started School Based Traineeships (SBT) this February, thanks to a collaboration between the Central Coast Local Heath District (CCLHD) and TAFE NSW.
The school based traineeships will see students take on a two-year program in Business Studies, Allied Health or Health Services Assistance.
Acting Director of Workforce for CCLHD, Ian Arnold, said the SBT Program gave young people who were interested in a career in health, the opportunity to gain valuable work skills and experience at Gosford and Wyong hospitals while still at high school.
“This is the sixth year of the program and we are proud of the opportunities it has provided for young local people to gain practical, hands-on experience in health,” Arnold said.
“The program is part of our strategy to make sure that we have the right people to care for the health of our community well into the future.
“It is a great opportunity for talented individuals to start their rewarding career in health,” he added.
The program first began with the aim of creating more employment and career development opportunities for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The program is now open to non-Aboriginal participants to apply, while retaining its core purpose of creating priority employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for placements.
“In previous years, participating students have gained hands-on experience in many roles within the District from our operating theatres to workforce customer service.
“Many students have gone on to secure permanent employment in these areas,” Arnold said.
The trainees will work at least one day a week over the next two years under the supervision of District staff and receive an income while learning new skills in the health sector.
The program also involves theory-based learning at the TAFE NSW Gosford Campus.
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George, said the students will receive a nationally recognised Certificate III qualification on successful completion of their traineeship, in addition to their higher school certificate, while being supported to access further career opportunities within the District.
“This exciting partnership between TAFE NSW and the District promotes Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities available on the Central Coast to industry, schools and the community as a fantastic pathway into a great career,” George said.
“Importantly, our students, apprentices and trainees can earn while they learn, as they train for the jobs of the future,” George said.
Depending on their focus, the TAFE NSW qualifications that students will graduate with, are either a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care), a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance, or a Certificate III in Business Administration.
Media release, Feb 11
Sharna Ryan, Central Coast Local Heath District