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Graduates from our first Indigenous work readiness program set to explore new career paths

Trainees ready for a career in health

May 2019

Graduates from our first Indigenous work readiness program set to explore new career paths

Graduates from our first Indigenous work readiness program set to explore new career paths

Meet our new Indigenous trainees.

Rose Johnson, Brayden Daly, Cagney Hedger and David Welsh are among those who’ve graduated from our first Ready for Working in Health program.

The three-week program is designed to prepare potential trainees for a career at Sydney Local Health District.

Rose wants to be a nurse.

“I like looking after people, taking care of people. I want to get my qualification.

“It [the program] was very insightful. I need to learn in the field that I want to work in and have more knowledge about it,” she said after receiving her graduation certificate.

Brayden would like to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother.

“My Nanna is the boss of ICU [intensive care unit] in Darwin in the Northern Territory so I thought I’d go down her career path and go away from my original plans of playing professional rugby league,” he said.

Cagney is aiming to return to the workforce.

“I’ve got two boys and I want to get back into work to give them a good role model.

“This was very informative. If you need that extra help or kick-start to push yourself these types of programs are really good,” she said.

David has worked in the construction industry but is keen for a career change.

“It’s good to learn about health. My dad is a renal patient and my mum is sick too. It hurts you. As a family member you can’t help. Being here and doing this it makes me understand more about going to doctors and checking-up,” he said.

The Ready for Working in Health program is run by the Centre for Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) which is the education and training service for the District.

During the program, educators led workshops about study skills, working in a hospital, interpersonal and communication skills and workplace culture.

The participants also toured Balmain, Concord and RPA hospitals and completed a nationally-recognised first aid course.

“Here in the District, we have a long and proud history of providing education that supports employment opportunities for members of our Aboriginal community,” Lesley Innes, the Director of CEWD, said.

“But one of the things that we recognised from running our traineeship programs is that there really wasn’t enough opportunity for participants to prepare themselves for a career in health.

“So we started the Ready for Working in Health program.

“The participants attend a nine day program that takes them through a variety of skills and experience that’s useful in the health setting and prepares them adequately for joining our workforce as a trainee.”

Forty of the participants – including Rose, Brayden, Cagney, and David – have been offered two-year fulltime paid traineeships as assistants in nursing, administration or environmental services at facilities across the District.

They will start in their new roles in June.

On successful completion of their traineeship, it’s likely they’ll be offered employment in the District.

For more information about the Ready for Working in Health program please contact the Centre for Education and Workforce Development on SLHD-CEWD@health.nsw.gov.au or 8755 3500

To hear more from Rose, Brayden, Cagney and David click here to watch the video.

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