Ricki-Lee dabbles in new career

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Ricki-Lee Dabb, of Cooloongup, is looking forward to a healthy new career thanks to a unique Aboriginal business traineeship program.

Challenger Institute of Technology and South Metropolitan Health Service launched the partnership program in 2013, with Ricki-Lee one of five inaugural graduates.

The 19-year-old student completed her traineeship at Rockingham General Hospital and said the hands-on experience had been interesting and rewarding.

“During the traineeship I worked in hospital departments ranging from mental health reception and medical administration to assisting the safety, quality and risk staff,” Ricki-Lee said.

“Moving around the hospital has helped me become more confident and aware of my skills and areas that need improvement.

“The traineeship has opened up so many pathways for me I didn’t even know existed. Before I started the course I always thought that because I was never a strong mainstream student, and didn’t complete Year 12, my career options would be limited.

“I now know that with a little bit of help and support, people like me can accomplish great things.”

Ricki-Lee completed her training in the hospital’s executive office and now divides her work duties between the executive and the patient information management teams.

In addition to her new job, Ricki-Lee is also studying a Certificate IV in Human Resources at Challenger Institute’s Rockingham campus.

Challenger Institute business lecturer Ann O’Neil said the 12-month competency-based training initiative provided entry-level career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The program incorporates workplace training and assessment as well as off-the-job training, including monthly networking meetings, workshops and tutoring,” Ann said.

Ann said Ricki-Lee was an outstanding student who had been a great role model for other trainees.

“Ricki-Lee has always been very enthusiastic about her education, and completed the off-the-job component of her training in record time,” she said.

“She has a great future ahead of her and has the potential to progress into high level positions in the workplace. She also has aspirations to complete a business degree.” 

Ricki-Lee’s outstanding performance led to her being shortlisted as a finalist in two of Challenger’s major student awards; Aboriginal Student of the Year and Trainee of the Year at the institute’s annual Student Awards Ceremony.

The graduate trainees from the pilot program have been permanently employed by the South Metropolitan Health Service in various roles, and have all achieved a Certificate III in Business qualification from Challenger. Based on the success of the pilot, a second program is currently being planned.

Challenger’s innovative workplace-based business traineeships are tailored to suit the needs of industry. The institute also partners with Chevron Australia to offer 12-month training programs to their Aboriginal trainees in business, technology and management-related units.

PHOTO CAPTION: Ricki-Lee Dabb with Minister for Training and Workforce Development Kim Hames at Challenger's 2014 Student Awards Ceremony.

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