Graduates take first step in a health career

2105 Caboolture graduates

Celebrating their success are (from left) Lori West, Caboolture State High School; Daniel O’Brien, St Columban’s, Jasmine Mitchell, Narangba Valley State High School; Rhiannon Arkell, Pine Rivers State High School; Kellie-Anne Barber, Redcliffe State High School; Dr Paul Alexander, Chair Metro North Hospital and Health Board; Lexie Spehr, Executive Director, Redcliffe Hospital; Eloise Fleming, Australian Trade College; Hannah Westman, Clontarf Beach State High School; Samuel Cocksedge, Australian Christian College; Julie Lahey, Director of Nursing, Caboolture Hospital; Shane Kincaid, Arethusa College; and Kylie Boccuzzi, Traineeship Coordinator, Redcliffe Hospital.

Nine local school-based trainees have gained a healthy career start by graduating from the Redcliffe and Caboolture-Kilcoy Hospitals School-based Traineeship Program.

Metro North Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Dr Paul Alexander joined families and friends to congratulate the graduates and present their certificates at a ceremony at Redcliffe Hospital.

“The Redcliffe and Caboolture-Kilcoy Hospitals School-based Traineeship Program has been highly successful with a total of 137 students enrolled in the School-based Traineeship Program since 2005,” Dr Alexander said.

“About 83 per cent of school-based trainees have completed the program and many of these graduates have now secured employment across Redcliffe or Caboolture hospitals.”

“It is pleasing to see that 70 per cent of school based trainees who graduate from this program remain in the health sector 12 months after the completion of their training.”

The nine school-based trainee graduates, who live in Redcliffe, Caboolture and the surrounding suburbs completed their certificate II or III in a range of disciplines including business administration, allied health assistance, health service assistance (nursing AIN) dental assisting and horticulture.

The graduating trainees are also completing their Grade 12 studies at private and public high schools.

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