With an increased interest for careers in the health sector, St Augustine's College has signed an official agreement with CheckUP to become part of the Health Gateway to Industry Schools Project. The purpose of this project is to:
· Provide students with the knowledge and experiences required for future participation in the health industry.
· Ensure the learning opportunities provided by the College meet the expectations of industry for jobs now and in the future.
· Engage health organisations to attract informed and suitable young people to careers in the industry.
This is a very exciting opportunity for the College, as students continue to take on valuable vocational education and training during their Senior Years which currently includes:
· Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115)
By being part of this program, the College will create important networks with health-related organisations within our wider community so students can further expand their future pathway opportunities in health. Staff are also looking forward to more professional development opportunities to be the best educators they can be. Kylie Thomas (Health VET Teacher) and her Health Services Assistance graduating class of 2021, were recently visited with welcome packs (which included a backpack, mini first aid kit, water bottle, charging cable & journal set). Mrs Thomas noted the immense support they will provide our students to pursue their chosen pathway, after working hard in the course for the past 2 years.
Principal Graham Meertens is proud that St Augustine's College is one of the very few schools that have been accepted to be part of this project “This certainly gives our College an advantage, as only one school in a certain radius can be accepted in to this program. There will be many partnerships formed, for example with students looking forward to working in our local hospitals - we will have better access to help them achieve these goals." In addition to CheckUP, the Health Gateway to Industry Schools project is in partnership with the Queensland's Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and St Augustine's College looks forward to what is to come.