Students start their SBATs traineeships with Far West LHD and Inaugural cohort graduate

Ten students start a School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBATs) program with the Far West Local Health District this week by learning all about the environment they will be working in over the next two years.

The ten students will be the third cohort of SBATs to commence with the Far West LHD. In conjunction with the third cohort’s orientation, all ten of the inaugural SBATs cohort (2015–2016) will graduate at a celebratory luncheon provided by the Far West LHD.

SBAT’s are a Department of Education and Communities initiative providing Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification that can lead to future employment as part of their HSC.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Far West LHD and its communities,” said Far West LHD District Nurse Educator Samantha Elliott.

“The SBATs program affords students a pathway to industry recognised qualifications locally. It’s a great way to grow and sustain our own future workforce and support our local School students with employment opportunities.

“I am very proud of the work and dedication our inaugural SBAT cohort has demonstrated and congratulate them on their graduation. I look forward to seeing where their careers take them from here,” said Ms Elliott.

The ten new students come from Balranald Central School, Broken Hill High School, Coomealla High School, Wilcannia Central School, Ivanhoe Central School and Willyama High School. They were appointed to traineeships in Business Administration, Health Services Assistance and Allied Health Assistance in December 2016.

Balranald MPS will support both a Business Administration and a Health Service Assistant, Wentworth, Ivanhoe and Wilcannia Hospitals, as well as Dareton Primary Health Centre a Health Service Assistant each, and Broken Hill Health Service an Allied Health Assistant and four Health Service Assistants.

The qualifications will be taught 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, Department of Education and Public Schools and Industry NSW will work closely with schools to ensure students are supported to successfully complete their chosen traineeship.

The orientation program this week will include the students learning about their placement allocations, scope of practice and the Far West LHD, TAFE, Industry NSW, Department Education and Public Schools and Australian Apprenticeship Support expectations.


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