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School Based Trainee Program site Co-ordinator and Assistant Director of Nursing Karen Webster said 27 students from 9 schools attended the latest event, the third since the School Based Trainee Program was reintroduced in 2015 after ending in the 1990s.
Karen said the Health Inspiration Days were designed for school students interested in a career in the health sector by providing them with health and community service career presentations, career centered activities and tours of the hospital.
She said the days were specifically tailored towards students who had a keen interest in health and who wanted to continue further study in nursing or associated occupations within the industry.
“Students gain a valuable insight into the various careers on offer within the industry that is caring for our community,” she said.
She said the trainee selection process was a rigorous one with students undergoing an Expression of Interest process, formal application, a Harrison Assessment, short listing and group information session before profiles were presented to the employer who then held interviews and made offers of employment and held a formal induction with family members.
Karen said Redland Hospital, in partnership with the Department of Training and Education and TAFE had supported 4 students from Redland schools over the last 12 months and would welcome another 4 in the coming weeks.
She said the partnership program, established through the South East Health Pathway Alliance (SEPHA), had been a resounding success with a 100 per cent completion rate compared to an average traineeship/apprenticeship drop-out rate of 50 per cent.
“We are committed to continuing to support young people in our community follow a career in health.”