Mount Isa teenager Katie Stuart-Russell is kick starting her health career with TAFE at School

Katie is studying a Certificate II in Health Support Services (HLT23215) because she is passionate about pursuing a career helping others.

“I decided to enrol in TAFE at School because I wanted to extend my knowledge and skills in the area of health," Katie said.

“I love the hands-on approach and the freedom we get to work on our assessments and work at our own pace, still with the guidance of our teacher.”

Katie, 16, said the skills she's learning at TAFE Queensland will help her achieve her career goals.

“After I graduate, I aim to continue in the field of health. I am looking into potentially becoming a paramedic or a registered nurse. Whatever I choose, I can see my qualification from TAFE being beneficial.”

According to the Australian Government’s regional employment projections, a 16.5 per cent growth in jobs to 2024 was predicted for the health care and social assistance industry in outback Queensland.

Katie's teacher Jean Harris has decades of industry experience as a nurse and teacher.

Jean said entry-level training gives TAFE at School students the chance to decide early if they're pursuing the right career.

"The Certificate II in Health Support Services (HLT23215) gives students a taste of nursing — the good, the hard and the exciting areas — so they can then make an informed judgement on the path they may wish to go," Jean said.

"The students who complete this course can then go on to a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115) which puts them on a pathway to further studies in nursing and allied health."

Jean said Katie is a dedicated student and a pleasure to teach.

"Katie looks further into the topics to explore a greater knowledge of the content she is learning. Katie is a good team worker and she always displays a willingness to take part in class activities," Jean said.

"I think Katie will make an excellent nurse in the near future."

TAFE at School graduates can use their qualification to go on to further studies, gain an apprenticeship or enter the workforce.



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