Students embark on Traineeships with popular SBATS program at Far West LHD
The Far West Local Health District is pleased to be welcoming 9 students from across the far west region to start their school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) program for 2020.
The SBAT program gives students an opportunity to start their health career by participating in workplace learning while completing their HSC. The SBAT will be completed over the next two years with support from the health service; TAFE and high schools to ensure the SBATs finish successfully.
Donna K Cruickshank, Director Aboriginal Health, Planning and Corporate Services, said: 'The SBATs program is a wonderful opportunity for our young community people to commence their career in health, in a number of different areas. It showcases the great talented young people we have in our communities.
The SBAT program is an initiative of the Department of Education and Communities providing Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to gain an industry recognised certificate.
The SBAT program has been very successful for the health service and this cohort will be the sixth to commence. The seven students are from Broken Hill and Dareton and will be commencing in nursing, allied health and hotel services.
The SBAT program start was delayed this year due to COVID-19.
'We're excited now to be able to bring our new Year 1 SBATs on board to get their training program commenced,' said Ms Cruickshank.
Students and their parents attended an Orientation on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 which included welcoming them to the health service and providing information regarding the traineeship such as: work placement; uniforms; and expectations of trainees. Information is provided by the NSW Department of Education; the Apprenticeship Support Australia; the Department of Industry NSW and the Broken Hill TAFE.
During their two year traineeship the students will attend Broken Hill TAFE to complete their classroom learning to obtain their certificate. Broken Hill TAFE will be using face to face classes as well as a variety of different technologies to teach and maintain regular contact with the students and their trainers.
The Far West LHD looks forward to working with the students; their parents; the Broken Hill TAFE; the Department of Education; the high schools and the Industry NSW for successful traineeships that will help to build the future workforce for our health services and community.