Alison Kennington says studying on the Whitireia foundation health science programme has helped her land the job she’s been gunning for.
Alison is still three weeks away from completing the Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science) but has already secured a spot on the Capital & Coast District Health Board’s anaesthetic technician training programme.
While her mum, a couple of aunties and a few cousins are either nurses or midwives, Alison took a little longer to realise that she too was drawn to a career in healthcare. The 30 year-old worked in a variety of jobs following high school before deciding in 2014 that she wanted to be an anaesthetic technician.
She says she looked at a number of courses around the country to help her get onto the path towards this goal, and found that the Whitireia programme ticked all the right boxes.
“It was affordable and looked to be really comprehensive,” says Alison. “It’s proved to be exactly what I needed to equip myself for entry into the anaesthetic technician role.”
While most of the students on the programme are there as a pathway to the Whitireia nursing and paramedic programmes, Alison says it also provides an excellent stepping stone for people looking to enter other areas of healthcare.
“The teaching staff are able to tailor aspects of the programme to suit your objectives after certificate level. It’s really flexible in that respect and the staff are so supportive,” says Alison.
Tutor Allan Wain notes that her success is also down to what he describes as her “single-minded determination.”
Alison will complete the Certificate in Foundation Education (Health Science) after her final exam in mid-November before beginning her anaesthetic technician training at Wellington Hospital on 30 November. We’re very proud of her and wish her all the best for the future.