2023 saw a group of Year 11 students from Boort District School (BDS) complete a unique work experience program that saw them “take over” the Hospital as part of their Vocational Major Literacy (VCL) studies.
The six students came together weekly to form a task force in a project called "Showcasing Health Sector Heroes" - a Youth Take Over (YTO) work experience program.
YTO is an initiative of the North Central LLEN, supporting young people to gain teamwork, project management and communication skills that help them become more employable.
In this Take Over, students worked like investigators, interviewing the staff at BDH and learning how to tell their stories in an engaging way and from a personal lens.
BDH has a range of career paths, said Patrick*, one of the interns, many of which were news to the young people.
"It's not just the nursing and stuff, it's a wide range of job that I didn't even know were there... there's so many things you could be doing," he said.
Importantly, the students learned that it is the incredible and diverse range of staff that makes the hospital a unique and exciting place to work - from cleaners and gardeners to admin and the people who run the cafe - every staff member matters.
After touring the hospital and getting to know the entire workforce, their task was to choose just one employee to connect with and interview to tell their story and showcase the valuable work they are doing.
Each student produced a write-up about the life of their chosen staff member and snapped a photo of them, which was showcased earlier this week at the Hospital for a special launch event.
Allowing the young people to showcase their work is an important part of the Take Over program, as it helps the young people work on presentation skills, and gives them a chance to feel proud of their achievements.
Hamish*, one of the participating students, said that learning their literacy work at the hospital was a great experience for the students as it gave them a chance to connect with their community.