Students start traineeships with popular SBAT’s Program at Far West LHD


The popular school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) program has commenced at Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) for 2024, with 14 students in the District taking part.

The SBAT program gives Year 11 and 12 students an opportunity to kickstart their health careers by participating in workplace learning while completing their HSC.

Students complete the SBAT over two years with support from the District, registered training organisations (RTOs), Apprenticeship Support Australia, and local high schools to ensure the enrolled students finish successfully.

During their two-year traineeship the students will attend face to face training and virtual training using a variety of different technologies, to complete their classroom learning and obtain their certificate.

The SBAT program has been very successful for the District, and this cohort will be the tenth to commence. The students will be working at Broken Hill and Wilcannia, in nursing, allied health, business services and pharmacy, the latter of which is new to the LHD this year.

FWLHD Director People and Culture David Green welcomed the SBAT students.

“This is an exciting time for the students and the LHD and we wish all of them the very best,” Mr Green said.

“The FWLHD is proud to continue to provide Far West students a supported pathway from school to work.

“The SBAT program provides students with an opportunity to gain entry into the workforce and an industry recognised qualification while they are studying at school.”

“It will create pathways for the students wanting to go to university and or pursue careers within the health sector.”

Mr Green said the SBAT program is an important part of FWLHD’s workforce strategy.

“The SBAT program helps to build and grow the future workforce of the FWLHD by supporting students with employment opportunities,” Mr Green said.

“The FWLHD looks forward to working with students, their parents, our RTO’s, the Department of Education, high schools, and Industry NSW to create successful traineeships that will help build the future workforce for our health services and community.”

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