Far West Local Health District to Implement School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The Far West Local Health District (LHD) is for the first time offering local students the chance to launch a career with the health service by taking on a traineeship whilst still at school.

The Far West LHD will be offering ten School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) positions for current Year 10 students. Successful applicants will start their traineeship in the last term of Year 10.

SBATs are a Department of Education and Communities initiative providing Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification and paid work experience as part of their HSC.

The Far West LHD is offering traineeships in Business Administration (medical), Health Services Assistance, Allied Health Assistance, and Aboriginal Primary Health. All qualifications will be taught by TAFE NSW, Riverina Institute. Traineeships are offered in locations where the health service has capacity to support the students.

“This is the first time the Far West LHD has offered SBATs as an established program”, said Ms Rebecca Heron-Dowling, Far West LHD Management Trainee.

“SBATs provide students with an exceptional opportunity to gain entry into the workforce and an industry recognised qualification while they are studying at school.”

The Far West LHD and TAFE NSW, Riverina Institute will work closely with schools to ensure students are supported to successfully complete their chosen traineeship.

Ms Heron-Dowling said she was excited by the opportunities the traineeships offer.

“The establishment of the program will contribute to employment opportunities for our communities.”

Ms Heron-Dowling stated that recruitment would be a competitive process with up to 10 traineeships available across the District. Selection criteria for the program are basic reading and writing skills, good school attendance, good marks at school, and interest in the job.

The traineeships have been advertised directly with schools. During the application period, Ms Heron-Dowling will visit schools across the District to answer questions and meet interested students. Students seeking more information should speak with their school careers advisor, principal or call Ms Heron-Dowling directly on 0411 744 168.


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