Trainees Gain Exposure to Future Careers

The South West Hospital and Health Service is helping develop the next generation of local health workers by hosting eight full, part-time and school-based trainees this year.

South West HHS Director of People and Culture Rob Mander says the health service had partnered with Golden West Apprenticeships to support young people undertaking traineeships with the health service.

1. Samantha Willes & Kiana Van Der Meulen

Roma Dental Assisting trainees Samantha Willes – left – and Kiana Van Der Meulen.

2. Libby Kajewski & Kissee Clark

Charleville Business Administration trainee Libby Kajewski – left – with Acting Supervisor Kissee Clark.

3. Eve Munro & Lorraine Payne

Roma Business Administration trainee Eve Munro – left – with Supervisor Lorraine Payne.

“These traineeships allow students and others the opportunity to enter the workforce as well as obtain nationally recognised qualifications. School-based trainees work one a day each week for two years, rotating through different areas, while still at school, while full and part-time trainees work entirely in their chosen skill area.’’

Our eight trainees, their locations and courses are:

• Courtney Spackman (St George State High School) – Community and Allied Health St George – Certificate III in Business Administration.
• Deanna Boon (part-time trainee) – Surat MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
• Eve Munro (Roma State College) – Executive & Support Services Roma – Certificate III in Business Administration.
• Libby Kajewski (Charleville State High School) – Charleville Hospital – Certificate III in Business Administration.
• Monique Ramsay (Roma State College) – Mitchell MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support
• Sophie Cooke (St George State High School) – Dirranbandi MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
• Kiana Van Der Meulen (Roma State College) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
• Samantha Willes (full-time trainee) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

Mr Mander says by providing first-hand experience and training for local young people, SWHHS hopes to inspire the next generation of skilled health care workers for the South West.

“It’s a way of future-proofing out health workforce by setting the next generation along the right path.’’

Golden West Apprenticeships Chief Executive Officer Camille Johnson says the trainees would complete their studies over the next two years and, at the end of their traineeships, receive a Certificate Level III qualification in their chosen fields.

Mr Mander says the strength of any organisation is its people.

“That includes not only our current workforce, but also future industry professionals that emerge from programs such as SAT.’’

South West Hospital and Health Service Roma-based Aboriginal Liaison Officer RJ Landers began his career in health as a school-based trainee, while attending Roma State College.