EQIPEQIP is proud to announce that we have introduced a new authentic workplace learning program for 2017 to support students interested in the healthcare and social services sector.

There are 19 Years 11 and 12 students from Toolooa, Tannum Sands and Gladstone State High Schools in the EQIP Health Support Services program. All students are enjoying the program so far and are interested in pathways toward nursing, radiology, medical officer, paramedic, psychologist, and social worker.

Renae from Tannum Sands State High School said, “I wanted to join the EHSS program so that I may complete a certificate before leaving high school and so that I may have a taste as to the other industries within health.”

Shannon from Gladstone State High School joined the program, “To experience what it would be like to work in the hospital area.”

Many of the students in the program are planning on transitioning to university to study a Bachelor degree.

EQIP General Manager Melissa Dennis said that expanding knowledge within the field prior to undertaking a degree is going to benefit students in the long run.

“A medical degree can take up to 6 years to complete plus many more years to specialise, so having an understanding of what is involved prior can set the student up for success. They can commit to long-term study and career pathways as they have the baseline knowledge.”

The EQIP Health Support Services program focuses on a mix of theoretical learning through a Certificate II in Health Support Services and structured authentic workplace learning with local host employers. All students are excited to start their work experience at the end of June as this will give them the opportunity to apply the theory into practical experience in the field.

SDS Trainer Jo McCaffery and EQIP Work Placement Officer Carlie Busby, are meeting with local host employers to go through the requirements of the structured work placement with a particular focus on the assessable tasks the student needs to complete. Local host employers include the Mater Hospital, Nhulundu Health Service, Blue Care Gladstone Edenvale Aged Care Facility, NRG Gladstone Power Station, Dr. Adam Bush, Discount Drug Store Boyne Tannum, and the BITS Medical Centre.

Ms. Dennis is pleased to see the local community supporting this program. “These host employers are providing a valuable opportunity for students to get an insight into various occupations within the sector and to develop baseline knowledge and skills around day-to-day operations.”

Ms. Dennis highlighted the importance of this program for the Gladstone Region. “With the announcement in April this year of the partnership between Gladstone Regional Council, CQUniversity, and MercyCQ, to deliver Australia’s first intergenerational village in the Gladstone area, it is important that local students have the opportunity to develop skills in this exciting growth area.”

This ensures that in the long-term we are supporting the economic growth of our region.

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