As many students eased into a two week holiday break, a dozen youth took up the challenge to become fully qualified in first aid as part of a free youth initiative hosted by Inverell Shire Council.
The first aid course, funded by a NSW Youth Opportunities grant, was fully subscribed, with trainer Greg Vine teaching the participating teens the essentials of responding in an emergency.
Council acting mayor Anthony Michael congratulated the workshop attendees for signing on and said it demonstrated that young people in the shire are willing to learn new skills and be job-ready.
“We have youth in the workshop aged from 14 to 19 and they’re learning skills that will possibly save a life one day,” he said.
The second of three first aid workshops the council is hosting this year, 24 Inverell youth are now trained in first aid through the project.
“It’s terrific to see young people taking time out of their school holidays to do the course and I’m delighted to hear there’s a 100% success rate in the exam,” Cr Michael said.
A survey of participants indicated those attending the training were opting in for a variety of reasons, with some volunteering in sports coaching while others were electing to undertake training for jobs and enhance their likelihood of finding employment.
Cr Michael said that July is a busy month for youth programs, with skateboarding sessions this Thursday and a computer building course from next week.
The full calendar of youth events is available at the Inverell Shire Council website.