â€‹Students Experience New Hospital Project
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
It was all about building big futures at the new Bendigo Hospital Project this month, as East Loddon P-12 College students arrived for a tour as part of a ‘Big Picture’ initiative supported by North Central Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN).
The aim of the ‘Big Picture’ is to increase awareness of employment and job opportunities across the Loddon Mallee region for young students, to showcase the diversity of local careers and to build stronger links between school and industry.
Representatives from Bendigo Health, The Schaller Studio Art Series Hotel and Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, organisations which are located on the existing Bendigo Hospital site at Lucan Street, provided students with an overview of their industry, careers available, entry level requirements and advice on what they look for in potential employees. Students were also provided with a brief tour of the childcare centre and hotel, which were established to form part of the new Bendigo Hospital Project, in a precinct that is set to offer world-class health facilities.
The East Loddon students, from years seven and eight, heard presentations by Bendigo Health executive director of people and culture, Andrea Noonan; The Schaller Studio business development manager, Juan Corradi and Jenny’s Early Learning Centre manager, Darren Reid. The students, along with Mary-Ann Sait from LLEN and Neil Aurisch, East Loddon teacher, enjoyed hearing about career opportunities within the health, childcare and hospitality fields, plus the many vocations at work on the Lendlease construction site. Currently there are more than 700 workers on the site, with a total of 2500 employed through the life of the project’s construction phase thus far.
An external site tour of the new hospital construction was conducted by community relations manager Jacqui Mott, representing successful bid consortium for the new Bendigo Hospital Project, Exemplar Health.
Bendigo Health is the biggest employer in central Victoria, and employment is set to expand when the new hospital opens in early 2017. The new facilities will include 372 inpatient beds, 72 same-day beds, 10 new operating theatres, a regional cancer centre and an 80-bed integrated mental health facility.