Expo to inspire future health heroes

Sunshine Coast students and community will have the opportunity to discover and explore the vast and varied opportunities in the health sector at the Health Heroes Career Expo at Kawana Waters State College on Tuesday, 28 May.

Organised by Queensland Youth Industry Links Inc. (QYIL) in partnership with a number of Coast schools, education providers and Government departments, the Health Heroes Forum is designed to let Year 10, 11 and 12 students meet real health heroes – professionals working in the industry, employers and training providers.

QYIL Partnership Broker Kylie Gray said the Expo would provide a great opportunity for students from ten Coast schools to talk to professionals and gain an inside perspective of the industry, explore the various careers available in the health sector and discover the different pathways to achieve their career goals. This will be the third year that Kawana Waters State College has hosted this event.

“The health industry is a significant growth area for careers and has many diverse prospects for secondary school leavers, particularly with the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital soon to be opened in 2016 and expected to create thousands of jobs,” Ms Gray said.

Admission to the Health Heroes Career Expo is free. There will be three 80-minute sessions for high school students to be held at 9.30am, 11am and 1pm. Bookings for these school sessions are essential. The evening session for community and families will be held at 5.30pm to 7pm.

“The school sessions include a health scenario performance covering a patient’s progressions through the health industry and then students will have the chance to meet real health heroes,” Ms Gray said.

Kawana Waters State College Principal Kirsten Ferdinands said the Health Heroes Expo at Kawana Waters State College provided a unique opportunity for students across the Sunshine Coast to find out more about careers and opportunities within the emerging Health domain.

“This expo will provide our students with the necessary information and exposure in order to be in a wonderful position to capitalise on job opportunities now and into the future,” Ms Ferdinands said.

QYIL is the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay region provider of the Partnership Brokers Program, funded by the Australian Government, to build partnerships with schools, businesses and community groups and develop partnerships at a strategic level which influence the region’s response to Youth Attainment and Transition. The National Program consists of more than 1,450 active and self-sustaining partnerships involving more than 4,700 partner organisations. New Partnerships continue to form every week across Australia.

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