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Students take ‘Stepping Stone’ to future careers in construction and healthcare

6 July 2021

The Logan Hospital Expansion has launched a new program for budding architects, engineers and tradies to learn about one of the region’s largest infrastructure projects.

The ‘Stepping Stone’ program, launched last month, invites high school students from across Logan City to gain valuable insight into construction and healthcare industry careers.

Chief Infrastructure and Assets Officer, Kay Toshach, said students from six local high schools enjoyed interactive sessions with various project professions over a week-long program based at the hospital.

“The students were engaged in a series of talks, workshops and tours with our engineers, architects, project managers, ICT experts and commissioning leads,” Ms Toshach said.

“As one of Logan’s largest infrastructure projects, we knew we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to inspire the next generation to careers in the many different areas of expertise it takes to build a hospital.”

Ms Toshach said the week’s activities also included a tour of the hospital including a behind-the-scenes look at the simulation lab, operating theatres and emergency department, as well as construction site visits to expansion projects already underway.

“And to provide a broad understanding of the many different career pathways available in healthcare, we also included sessions with health professionals such as nurses, midwives and allied health,” she said.

The program was designed in collaboration with teachers and principals from local high schools and the contractors who are building the expansion projects.

The first and second intakes of students occurred in June, with further intakes to occur later in the year.

The $460 million expansion is one of Queensland’s largest ever hospital expansions and will deliver an additional 206 beds and treatment spaces.

Last updated 7 July 2021
Last reviewed 6 July 2021

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