The Far West Local Health District’s highly successful School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) program will continue next week with another ten new students enrolled today.
The students will be formally enrolled in the SBATs Program today (Friday, 13 November), during which they will undertake orientation and induction to the SBATs Program. Orientation will include an introduction to the Far West LHD, Australian Business Apprenticeship Centre, Board of Studies and TAFE Riverina around the requirements of the SBATs Program.
The Year 10 students will gain an industry recognised qualification in their respective job role whilst completing their HSC. They will undertake 100 days paid employment with their respective health facility.
Far West LHD launched the SBATs program in 2014 with ten students participating from across the District in traineeships in Business Administration (medical), Health Services Assistance, Allied Health Assistance and Aboriginal Primary Health Care. Traineeships were offered in locations where the health service has capacity to support the students.
“The program has proved to be highly successful and all students enrolled last year remain in the program,” said SBATs Co-ordinator, Samantha Elliott.
During the SBATs program this year, the students have gained valuable work experience across the Far West LHD facilities, enabling them to meet the requirements of their Traineeship as well as adding to their future employability opportunities.
“The Far West LHD is extremely proud of the success of the SBAT program and is committed to providing continued future opportunities for students and their communities. We are confident this next cohort of students will be as successful,” said Ms Elliott.
This year, students from Broken Hill High School, Willyama High School, Balranald High School and Menindee Central School have been appointed to traineeships in the fields of Business Administration (Medical), Health Service Assistant, Allied Health Assistant and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.
Ms Elliott said it was also exciting that two of the original SBATs students – Muriel Hunter and Ryan Baker – are finalists in the category of School Based Trainee of the Year in the 2015 Foundation Broken Hill Far West NSW Excellence in Business Awards. The Awards will be announced at a gala function on 28 November.
“This is very exciting for the students and the Far West LHD and we wish both students the very best in the awards,” said Ms Elliott.
The SBATs qualifications will be delivered by TAFE NSW Riverina Institute using the LINC (Learning in Networked Communities) model that will enable the students and their trainers to maintain regular contact using a variety of different technologies.
The Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Department of Education and Communities will work closely with schools to ensure students are supported to successfully complete their chosen traineeship.
The Program supports the District’s action to develop a resident and culturally appropriate workforce as per the District’s Strategic Plan and the Healthy Communities Implementation Plan, established under the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly.
The Program is a collaboration between the Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, Department of Education and Communities, the Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre, and Regional Development Australia.