Bowen Flexi Care is supporting three local young people to complete school-based traineeships by supporting their practical placements.
The three students, two from Bowen State High School and one from Collinsville High School, will be paid to put their learnt skills into practice in a real work environment.
General Managers of Bowen Flexi Care (BFC) Elise Woodhouse said that there are huge advantages to school-based traineeships.
“Many people prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways because it can give them a head start in a career by developing workplace skills, knowledge and confidence which can lead directly to full-time employment after completing their formal education,” Ms Woodhouse said.
“Bowen Flexi Care is committed to contributing to the community. As an organisation, we feel that we can make a real difference by motivating young people to work towards their future goals and giving them realistic exposure to the industry,”
School based trainee Gina Monks said she was enthusiastic about the traineeship so far.
“It has helped me to build confidence, improve my practical knowledge, and look forward to a career in community services,” Ms Monk said.
“Working with a diverse range of people has helped me to feel connected to the community. I was born in Papua New Guinea and have moved back and forth throughout my life and I feel more connected now and able to share my culture and experiences with others through my role at BFC.
Bowen State High School trainee, Sam Hird said he had been working at Bowen Flexi Care one day per week since February 2021 whilst he completes his Certificate III Individual Support (Disability).
“I enjoy helping others and seeing first-hand the positive contribution we can make to the lives of others,” Mr Hird said.
“I like being able to make a difference and help individuals in our community. After school, I hope to remain working at BFC because it’s a great place to work.”
To find out more about Bowen Flexi Care’s traineeship program, please email HR@Bowenflexicare.org.au or call 4786 4755.