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After a year of study and practical experience, 14 local high school students have graduated with a Certificate II in Health Support Services thanks to the help of Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Operational Services staff.
The year 11 students graduated yesterday after spending a day each week at the hospital, with staff from Environmental Services, Porterage and Food Services providing guidance and mentoring.
Dani Hilton, Director of Operational Services, said her team enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience.
“The mentors and trainers are all from Operational Services and have been provided training both informal and formal to act as mentors. All of Operational Services contribute to the students experience as well as the whole of hospital staff,” she said.
Students embraced the hands-on training and the results speak for themselves.
“We had over 80 per cent complete the course, which is a fabulous result compared with the average according to TAFE,” she said.
The program is already growing in popularity, with a new cohort of 50 students beginning next week.
To commemorate the inaugural Certificate II in Health Support Services project a mural has been displayed at the entrance to Alexandra Place café.
Ms Hilton said the inspiration for the mural came from students and staff.
“Students and staff were asked to name an animal that described them. The eyes of the animals were painted and the ‘poem’ THE CLAN was created out of their words,” she said.
“There are lions, cheetah, koala, kangaroo, bears, dog, dolphin, turtle, snake, puffin, hyena and wolf.
“It represents the students as a group of diverse individuals that make up a family.”