Three benefits of work experience

Three benefits of work experience

Three benefits of work experience

NOVA Transition places great value on work experience. Among other things, it allows young job seekers to taste life at work, develop their career goals – and realise what they have to offer, which is a terrific confidence booster. 

Windsor NOVA Transition trainees, Bethany, Amber and Alex did work experience at Hawkesbury District Health Service (Hawkesbury Hospital), learning about roles and tasks in various departments.

‘It was really interesting learning about the different chemicals and how they are used to clean different areas,’ said Bethany who hopes to work in aged care. ‘For example, red-bottle chemicals are only to be used in bathrooms and blue-bottle chemicals are for the room only.’ 

‘Some rooms require a “barrier clean” which means full personal protection is required: double gloves, full-length gown, glasses and mask,’ Bethany added.     

Amber said she most enjoyed being able to help the patients feel better. ‘I really like going around to all the rooms and cleaning for patients and being able to offer them tea, coffee or juice.’     

Alex found the catering department very different to other hospitality work placements he’d done. ‘The kitchen was much bigger and cleaner. Hygiene was extremely important; gloves and a hair net were essential,’ he said. ‘I really liked the food prep, like slicing tomatoes and making egg salad.’

He said that learning about food handling and hygiene at NOVA Transition – and especially, having a chef as a guest speaker – had prepared the trainees for hands-on work in a kitchen.

However, it was in the quality control department that Alex really felt at home. ‘I used to think I’d like to work in hospitality, but after this work placement, I feel I’m better suited to administration work,’ he said.

Alex’s supervisor, Renee, agreed saying that he was a very efficient and accurate worker. ‘He has great attention to detail and is a quick learner.’ He was asked to do a lot of data entry, something Alex says he never tires of. 

His NOVA training came in handy when a staff member wasn’t sure how to scan and email from the photocopier. ‘Our job coach had given us a lot of practice using office equipment,’ said Alex. ‘It felt really good to be able to do tasks confidently and even teach others.’

The HDHS staff were so impressed with Bethany, Amber and Alex that trainees have been invited back next year to work in other hospital departments.

A special morning tea was organised for the trainees’ last day to acknowledge their contribution. Organiser Lisa Connell said that, as well as assisting with tasks, they boosted staff moral and made everyone they worked with feel special.

Windsor NOVA Transition

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