Kadina High School student Cherece Close (second from left) with Connect project officer Cassie Ryan (left), Chemist Warehouse pharmacist Anna Nipperess and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin at the Chemist warehouse in Goonellabah.
Kadina High School student Cherece Close (second from left) with Connect project officer Cassie Ryan (left), Chemist Warehouse pharmacist Anna Nipperess and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin at the Chemist warehouse in Goonellabah. CATHY ADAMS

Students embrace work program

ABORIGINAL students from local high schools have snapped up 15 new traineeships in local pharmacies.

The federally funded program aims to assist Aboriginal students into employment, providing ongoing support and mentorship while they complete secondary school.

Kadina High School Year 11 student Cherece Close started her placement yesterday.

“It’s my first job and I was a bit scared but I did serve one person,” she laughed.

“I wanted to get into hairdressing but my careers advisor suggested I take up the opportunity.

“It’s also good to earn a bit of money.”

The program was initiated by the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, the NSW Education Department, the North Coast Institute of Health and Connect Northern Rivers and is available for Year 10 and 11 students from Tweed Heads to Evans Head.

Students can continue with the program until they complete Year 12.

Connect Northern Rivers project office Cassie Ryan said the ongoing program was already a success.

“They work one day a week and attend TAFE once a month where they will complete a Certificate II in Community Pharmacy,” she said.

“My job is to make sure they’re coping and that they’re enjoying it.”

Page MP Janelle Saffin said the program demonstrated how the Federal Government’s Indigenous Employment Program was working in practical community partnerships.



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