Accelerated careers with in-school training

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School-based internships help senior students at Catholic Schools in Brisbane get a head start on their dream career while studying for their Queensland Education Certificate.

Grade 11 students St Francis College, Crestmead, Rory Jones and Shairon Eremugo have set a roadmap to accelerate their nursing careers by balancing their QCE graduate education with a professional education and training course leading to a certificate III in assistance to health services alongside a paid school. internship based on OSMAC Apprenticeships.

“It’s a challenge and I really appreciate it,” Ms. Jones said.

She is one of eight interns to have obtained a paid internship as a nursing assistant (AIN) in care for the elderly. The internship includes a one-day internship per week in a care facility for the elderly.

“It gave me an idea of ​​what working in the care of the elderly will look like,” Ms. Jones said.

“Now I’m really interested in continuing to work in this field, which really surprised me as I was initially interested in working as a midwife. “

Likewise, Ms. Eremugo, who secured an AIN paid internship with Metro South Health at Logan Hospital, found a more attractive and accessible route for her to embark on a career as a registered nurse.

“I work in the rehabilitation department, I learn from a registered nurse and I take care of real patients,” she said.

“I help patients to dress and do their personal hygiene, to eat, to record the intakes of liquids and meals, to move around and to use the lifts safely. “

The chance to experience what it was like to work in a hospital, as well as being inspired by watching numerous medical documentaries and admiring the way her parents and other family members work in the wards social care, helped Ms. Eremugo decide to pursue a career in nursing and accelerate her studies to become a registered nurse

The annual AIN school-based internship program under the Metro South Health, Logan and Beaudesert Health Service is one of the most coveted nursing internships of its kind in Queensland, attracting over 100 applications each year.

St Francis students who choose to pursue a health qualification can begin their professional training at the school’s health training center, known as the Health Hub, before applying for internships.

The range of VET courses offered at St Francis College, which include health, hospitality, kitchen operations and community services, is very popular with 80 percent of senior students completing studies towards at least one qualification. .

All BCE colleges have provisions for students to explore a wide range of VET pathways.

BCE’s Education Officer for VET and Professional Learning, Dr Therese Nolan, said study programs that include VET subjects are in all respects equal to other learning pathways.

“BCE is committed to ensuring the successful transition of students to adulthood,” said Dr. Nolan.

“Vocational training qualifications are in high demand by employers during this national skills shortage and all of our colleges are dedicated to supporting individual pathways chosen by students. “

She said professional qualifications provide an excellent route to university, if that were to be taken into account at a later stage.


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