Learn how an integrated practical placement program with The Royal Children's Hospital is helping our students.

Holmesglen and The Royal Children’s Hospital Launch Partnership

Holmesglen has commenced a new significant industry partnership, working with The Royal Children's Hospital on an integrated practical placement program for students with disability.

A group of 10 students from the Certificate I in Work Education have become the first Holmesglen learners to undertake the program, having started their full-time placements on 17 April.

The program blends their full-time course with work at The Royal Children's Hospital. Students will complete three, nine week placements per year. The class is split across various areas of the hospital, including human resources, medical records, allied health, volunteer and family services, the early learning centre, kitchen, mailroom and equipment departments.

"We worked really hard to build the relationship with The Royal Children's Hospital. It's a solid working partnership. The [Certificate I in Work Education] cohort is perfect for this program," says Holmesglen Community and Transitional Education Course Coordinator Jan Davis.

Students were selected following an application and interview process. They will receive four hours of placement each day, which will provide further personal and professional development to their studies.

"The primary goal is for them to be looking towards a vocational pathway when they finish their study. We've spent a lot of time delivering the units that would be relevant for them to get a good start," adds Jan.

Jan identified the opportunity to grow an industry partnership following completing a research fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute. She spent three-and-a-half weeks in London observing two colleges and five sites, such as Sofitel Heathrow and Kensington Council, discovering that students who go through supported internship programs have success rates of gaining future mainstream employment by figures of up to 80%.

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