Mayor Mark Jamieson addressed the Future Workforce Recruitment and Skilling Forum at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Institute of Professional Learning Centre yesterday.
Mayor Mark Jamieson addressed the Future Workforce Recruitment and Skilling Forum at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Institute of Professional Learning Centre yesterday. Iain Curry

New program to help youngsters get jobs in health

SUNSHINE Coast Council is calling on health industry employers to help prepare Year 11 students for a career in the sector.

Mayor Mark Jamieson addressed the Future Workforce Recruitment and Skilling Forum at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Institute of Professional Learning Centre yesterday.

The forum, organised by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council, focused on a certificate three qualification for Year 11 students who undertake study and 100 hours of work placement across two years, leading to entry-level employment.

"This is a pilot program and relies on health industry employers signing up to it," Cr Jamieson said.

"If it receives enough support, it will allow the Workforce Council to apply for funding from DETE to cover the costs associated with training this group of Sunshine Coast high school students in what is a unique approach in Queensland."

The certificate aligns with more than 30 qualifications, from health cleaning through to enrolled nursing.


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