Training for the future

"We love it," Abbie Windred and Holly Haynes said about their school based traineeship at the Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital

"We love it," Abbie Windred and Holly Haynes said about their school based traineeship at the Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Gloucester High School (GHS) students get on the job training that helps toward a nationally recognised qualification.

Year 12 students, Abbie Windred and Holly Haynes, along with 11 of their classmates, are currently undertaking a school based traineeship (SBT) within a local business.

Abbie and Holly spend Thursday at the Gloucester Memorial Soldiers Hospital working along side the nursing staff as part of their Assistant In Nursing (AIN) certificate; then on Friday, they attend TAFE.

They’re enjoying the on-the-job training, which gives them a practical approach to a professional they both want to continue in.

“You get so much experience,” Abbie said.

“Here, it’s more hands-on than just learning about it in the classroom,” Holly said.

After they finish high school this year, they are both looking to continue with nursing by moving onto an Enrolled Nurse (EN) course.

GHS careers adviser, Michael De Angelis said a SBT provides a student with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills through paid employment.

Trainees will need to complete 100 days of paid work before graduating year 12.

“I often encourage students and employers to begin the SBT during semester two of year 10.

“It’s a great way for the student to acclimatise to their new responsibilities before the pressures of senior school begin,” Mr De Angelis explained.

“Students are applauded for their ability to balance school and part-time work.”

The 11 trainees are working towards an array of qualifications ranging from Human Services (aged and disability care), Business Services, Construction, Furnishings and Childcare.

“The most successful SBT’s are the students who have a genuine interest in the area they’re working in,” Mr De Angelis continued.

“For most of the trainees, they are using the SBT as a way of moving closer to their career ambition.”

Mr De Angelis said there are financial incentives for employers interested in hiring school based trainees.

For more information contact Michael De Angelis at Gloucester High School on 6558 1605.

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