Robert Rahman is a participant in Souths Cares Barranggirra Program who is working hard to establish his career within the Healthcare sector. In addition to studying for his HSC this year at Corpus Christi College, Robert is on-track to complete a School-Based Traineeship in Health Services with Sydney Local Health District.

Robert’s School-Based Traineeship is based at the Sydney Eye Hospital, where he works in the Day Procedure Unit to support patients pre-surgery and post-surgery.

Throughout his School-Based Traineeship he is learning a host of valuable skills including participating in patient handovers, taking medical histories, documenting patient observations and providing patients with medical information as they discharge from surgery.

Whilst Robert is now thriving in his education and training, he had to overcome some challenges in Year 10 which saw him struggling with motivation to engage with education and attend school.

Robert has a close connection with Souths Cares, having previously been a participant in the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program and attending Leadership and Cultural Camps. Robert explained the connection to culture and mentoring support provided through Souths Cares programs has been an important part of his journey.

Robert has developed a passion for healthcare and has a few career options in mind including becoming paramedic or becoming an Aboriginal Healthcare Worker within a public hospital or regional community.

Robert Rahman, School-Based Trainee and Barranggirra Participant

I find working in Healthcare really rewarding and I love the opportunity to meet different patients and support them during their hospital stay. I’m looking forward to completing my Traineeship and HSC this year and commencing another health course in the future.

Souths Cares Barranggirra Program has been supporting Robert complete his School-Based Traineeship through providing regular mentoring support and group mentoring sessions with other School-Based Trainees at this workplace and TAFE.

Barranggirra Employment and Training Mentor, Robyn Murphy explained Robert was setting an outstanding example for other young people in his community.

“Robert has had to overcome some hurdles during his high school years but is now on a great trajectory. He has met life’s challenges with bravery and class – setting a great example for his peers”, Robyn said.

Robert’s future goals are to obtain his Driver’s License, save for his first car, finish his HSC and School-Based Traineeship this year and then commence another health course at TAFE in 2025.

Robert also has a passion for Aboriginal arts and dancing, with aspirations to establish an Aboriginal Dance Group with his close friends.

The Barranggirra Program will continue supporting Robert throughout his School-Based Traineeship and beyond, as he works hard to achieve his goals and aspirations.

The Barranggirra Program is proudly supported by Training Services NSW.

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