NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BEING OFFERED BY YDHS

A new scholarship program being offered by the Yarram and District Health Service (YDHS) aims to support local students with future employment opportunities and address a skills shortage in the health sector.

YDHS Chief Executive Officer, Paul Head, said the initiative was an innovative way to address the service’s specialist workforce shortage and at the same time, invest in the local community.

“We will provide the financial resources to encourage our students to engage in careers that would support our specialist workforce shortages and also offer them the opportunity to work placement with our service,” Mr Head said.

“Board members are passionate about this initiative and have agreed to provide two scholarships, valued at $7500 each, every year, with employment post-graduation.”

In addition to the scholarships, YDHS currently offers apprenticeships in food services and will be offering other traineeship opportunities in the future.

Yarram Secondary School Principal, Brett Pedlow, said the yearly scholarships would bridge the financial gap and burden on many young people and their families, and open doors that may not have been available.

“As a community, it is partnerships like these that add incredible value to the fabric of what makes our town tick,” Mr Pedlow said. “Too often we find our young people wanting to stay in the area, however opportunity and career pathways are not always forthcoming.”

Mr Head said the future population profile of Yarram and surrounds painted a picture of an ageing population which would require the hospital to provide services for more complex chronic healthcare demands.

While this initiative looks to address these future health needs, it also provides local young people with access to a professional career pathway.

The Health Service Scholarship will be introduced from 2022.

“YDHS will support the students by providing a guaranteed position to undertake practical experience during the nominated course and with employment post-graduation,” Mr Head said.

“I believe this proposal aligns well with our values. It provides us with an opportunity to reduce disadvantage for school leavers in rural communities who sometimes dismiss higher education opportunities due to socio-economic and distance related reasons.

“As the largest employer in the area, this initiative is something we can be proud of and demonstrates our commitment to the local community.”

Mr Head will work with the Yarram Secondary College on the implementation of the scholarship program. “This initiative goes well beyond talking about supporting the local community; it actually translates into something tangible and visible,” he added.

Mr Pedlow said the ongoing nature of these scholarships, mentorship from YDHS staff and ability to do work placement throughout the students’ training “is a terrific opportunity and goes well beyond what we could have expected”.

“Yarram Secondary College is absolutely delighted to partner with YDHS and extremely grateful for their generous scholarship contribution.”

Caption: Pictured discussing future employment opportunities for local students from Yarram Secondary College (YSC) at the Yarram and District Health Service (YDHS) are (from left) YSC Senior Coordinator Ben Langdon, YDHS Board Chair Shaun Braybrook, YSC Principal Brett Pedlow and YDHS CEO Paul Head.

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Caption: Pictured discussing future employment opportunities for local students from Yarram Secondary College (YSC) at the Yarram and District Health Service (YDHS) are (from left) YSC Senior Coordinator Ben Langdon, YDHS Board Chair Shaun Braybrook, YSC Principal Brett Pedlow and YDHS CEO Paul Head.