A group of High School students from Broken Hill are among the first students to take part in a nursing course with TAFE as part of their year 11 and 12 studies.
The students from Broken Hill High School and Willyama High School are enjoying studying the Certificate III Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) as a step towards working in the health sector when they finish school.
Narelle Pascoe, Head Teacher Community Services at Broken Hill TAFE said, "We offered this new course to introduce more people to careers in health as there is going to be an urgent demand for people to work in nursing in the future."
"We are very proud of this first group of students who are mature and determined to get the most out of the course so they can pursue their ambitions for careers in the health industry."
"This program allows them to complete their year 12 studies as well as the TAFE qualification so they will be ready to work immediately as assistants in nursing at the end of school, or will be on their way to further training pathways in health including becoming an enrolled or registered nurse."
Students attend TAFE classes two afternoons a week and will also do 50 hours of work placement at local health facilities during their school holidays, including eight hours in an acute care facility, like a hospital.
Students who are interested in the course in the future should speak to Kim Vodic from TAFE on 8082 6825 or their school Careers Advisor.
The course has additional requirements, including criminal records checks and recommended immunisations, which should be discussed with TAFE prior to enrolment.
Conact: Narelle Pascoe, Head Teacher Community Services on 8082 6878