Pictured are graduates from a pilot program designed to assist in addressing a skills shortage in the Gippsland health sector with staff from CGHS, Noweyung Ltd and the Department of Education.
An innovative model of pre-accredited training rolled out at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale may be delivered across other key industry sectors.
Learn Local organisation, Noweyung Ltd, partnered with CGHS to deliver the health training pathways program at Sale Hospital, aimed at helping unemployed/underemployed people pathway into employment and further education.
The pilot program was also designed to assist in addressing a skills shortage in the Gippsland health sector.
This week, the 13 participants in the eight-week program will graduate at a ceremony at the hospital.
Noweyung spokesperson, Josie Rose, said based on the success of the CGHS pilot project, planning was underway to deliver similar types of programs in the other key industry sectors.
“These include food processing, agribusiness, retail, tourism, hospitality, digital (across all sectors), hair and beauty or indeed any sector requiring pre-accredited training across Gippsland,” she said.
“An important part of the project is to provide pathways for students into accredited training programs and employment.”
The success of the program also relied heavily on collaboration between Learn Local providers, local employers/industry, job actives, Department of Employment, Department of Education and other training providers including TAFE. The program was funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Education.
The new model of pre-accredited training included one week of work experience at the Sale Hospital with the students rotating through various departments.
“The feedback from participants was that the work experience was a highlight of the entire program,” Josie said. “Some spent time in up to five areas of the hospital.”
CGHS Chief Executive Officer Dr Frank Evans congratulated the participants and said CGHS was definitely interested in partnering in a second program.
“It demonstrates that if organisations can cooperate in these types of innovative models, we can make a difference in helping people who are keen to get into the workforce,” Frank said.
The participants are now pursuing job applications, including some at CGHS, the Department of Health & Human Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service which they visited during their course.