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Wednesday, 14th February, 2018

The 2018 SBAT Program cohort (front from left) Telicia Briar, Lucy Stephens, Efthymia Prentos, Jessica Evitts and Babette Cruickshank, (back from left) Paige Pigdon, Tiarna Pearce, Rohan Cutting, Sam Greville and Vince Thompson. The 2018 SBAT Program cohort (front from left) Telicia Briar, Lucy Stephens, Efthymia Prentos, Jessica Evitts and Babette Cruickshank, (back from left) Paige Pigdon, Tiarna Pearce, Rohan Cutting, Sam Greville and Vince Thompson.

By Myles Burt

The Broken Hill Health Service has just graduated their 2017 cohort and now welcome 10 new students into their 2018 school-based apprentice and traineeship program.

The SBAT program offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity for paid work experience with associated health practices and attain industry recognised qualifications.

HR/Recruitment Officer Karen Chrisakis said the SBAT program was highly-competitive for ten available positions this year.

“We had an enormous amount of interest this year,” she said.

Ms Chrisakis said students received a TAFE Certificate III in Business Administration over the program, which classes them as an AIN (Assistant in Nursing), allowing students to look for health employment if they choose to pursue further study.

Ms Chrisakis said students in the SBAT program received 100 days of paid work experience.

“They’re studying for the HSC but they’re also doing a day’s work a week paid,” she said.

Student aren’t guaranteed post-program employment, but they do have the chance to be placed in the casual pool after the program.

That can benefit them if they choose to take a GAP Year before university.

“It’s more so a building block, opening a pathway into the health professions,” she said.

The Broken Hill Health Service wants to create an opportunity for students to look to rural areas like Broken Hill, Wentworth, Wilcannia and Menindee to base their career. With students looking to come back to family or either follow in their footsteps.

“There’s a lot of kids that we interviewed, that stated that their goal was to finish their degree and come back and work in the remote areas.

“So they’re getting that face-to-face experience in that possible health role they’re interested in.

“They don’t have to pursue that particular career, but they get an eye opening into what we offer in health.”

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