CESSNOCK and Kurri Kurri hospitals have welcomed six new faces as part of a regional training health program for students.
Thirty-six students commenced a TAFE NSW and Hunter New England Health District (HNELHD) 'School-Based Traineeship' program that gives them a head start in the health sector, as earn-while- you-learn nursing support workers.
The school-based traineeships see students take on a two-year learning program that is in its 12th year of delivery.
"Such collaborations drive local apprenticeships and traineeships and build industry engagement in local schools," TAFE NSW Regional general manager Susie George said.
This improves the sentiment around local youth employment opportunities while having a positive effect on the local economy, and helps address ongoing skills shortages in the health sector.
"This exciting partnership between TAFE NSW and the Hunter New England Local Health District promotes vocational education and training opportunities to local industry, schools and the community as a fantastic pathway into a great career."
While continuing their high school studies, the students study a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care) at either TAFE NSW Newcastle or Kurri Kurri Hospital - depending on their hometown - and are employed to work one day per week at a Hunter-based hospital.