New academy gives introduction to health careers

7 March 2017

New academy gives introduction to health careers

School students who hope to go into careers in health have taken part in their first session at NorthTec’s new Health Academy, run in partnership with Whangarei Girls’ High School as part of Te Taitokerau Trades Academy.

The year 12 and 13 students were given an orientation session around NorthTec’s nursing department on Friday (3 March), and took part in an introduction to infection control as their first clinical lesson.

Further sessions will cover subjects including first aid, chronic conditions, community health visiting and psychology. The girls will gain first aid and health and safety certificates through the academy, as well as working towards the NCEA Social and Community vocational pathway award.

They will have the opportunity to use clinical practice rooms, giving them a good insight into further nursing study, and to hear from a range of expert speakers. They will also take part in field trips, to see health professionals in action.

The 20 Health Academy students will be completing Level 2 achievement standards back at school, so they can progress onto NCEA Level 3 and gain University Entrance, a requirement for studying for the Bachelor of Nursing.

Te Taitokerau Academy students come to NorthTec one day a week for an academic year, to gain exposure to the tertiary learning environment and careers in the relevant industry. NorthTec currently runs five academies – in arts, hospitality, automotive studies, health and construction – with nearly 100 students across 15 Northland schools taking part and gaining credits towards vocational pathway awards.

Nursing tutor Lizzie Carroll-Thom said the Health Academy programme had been designed especially for the Girls’ High group, who had expressed an interest in a variety of health sector careers including becoming doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and child health specialists.

She said: “During the programme we will talk to them about the pathways into those careers and offer them some practical experience. It’s a great opportunity to see if they can picture themselves in that career in the future.”

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