Inaugural Gap Year Program a success
Published at: 04 Sep 2020
WHEN GV HEALTH’S 2020 GAP YEAR TRAINEESHIP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS BEGAN THEIR ROLES AT THE START OF THIS YEAR, THEY DID NOT EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. THE FOUR WOMEN HAVE REFLECTED ON AN EXCITING YEAR BEING TRAINED AT GV HEALTH.
GV Health is celebrating a successful inaugural 2020 Gap Year Traineeship Program after four school leavers took up positions at the healthcare service this year.
Madi Dowell, Brodie Little, Lily Kennedy and Steph Hicks began the program earlier this year after being the successful applicants among a number of school leavers.
GV Health’s Executive Director People & Culture Stacey Weeks said the program had predominantly taken place at GV Health’s Graham Street Campus in departments throughout the health service.
Ms Weeks said the amount of applications received demonstrated an interest from school leavers in gaining employment at GV Health.
She said the decision to advertise the gap year roles came after a staff member had suggested the initiative could be beneficial.
Ms Weeks said the suggestion aligned directly with GV Health’s Workforce Plan and, in particular, around the growth of GV Health’s workforce.
“They are all local people who want to study health,” she said.
Ms Weeks said allied health was one area in particular where it could be challenging to recruit and retain staff and therefore two gap year positions were offered for that department.
“We also partnered in a research project with the University of Melbourne on allied health recruitment and retention, in which the Grow Your Workforce was a recommendation,” she said.
Ms Weeks said the participants have had the opportunity to rotate through different areas of the health service in an effort to align their interests with their work.
“It has given them a great opportunity to see what roles are available within healthcare and what field they may wish to pursue,” she said.
“It’s also been a great opportunity for them to gain a wide range of skills.”