Youth skills: a treasured legacy to be cherished

July 15th marks World Youth Skills Day and celebrates the importance of teaching young people all the relevant skills needed to achieve success in employment, getting a decent job and becoming an entrepreneur. The Clinique Bon Pasteur has been participating in the training of these young talents to help shape the future workforce. Read more about the project.

The Clinic has been welcoming young people wishing to do their internship in the medical field for years now. ‘We now mainly welcome trainees from schools such as the Quatre Bornes Professional Training Centre, but also from other countries, notably Switzerland,’ says Michael L’Éveillé, Medical Supervisor at the Clinic. The aim is to transmit not only know-how, but also a passion for the profession.

‘Nursing is a profession that requires a lot of love and human warmth, it is a real vocation. We try to encourage this as much as possible because it is becoming increasingly difficult to get nurses,’ Michael adds. According to him, the traineeship takes on a whole new dimension than just training future talent. ‘Trainees contribute to challenging ourselves, in particular in a constantly evolving world. Their contribution helps us to keep looking for ways to improve,’ he says.

One of the positive aspects of this experience is that once the internship is over, some of them are offered the opportunity to pursue their career path by becoming employees of the Clinic itself, like Melissa Chavriya, a nurse who has been working at the Clinic for four years now. ‘When I finished my training, I did a six-month internship at the Clinic. The teams were satisfied with my work and I was invited to join them,’ she says.

Besides increasing her confidence in her abilities, Melissa learned a lot during this special moment. ‘I discovered a great deal and it confirmed my love for this profession. These internships are essential to understand the expectations that come with this job,” she explains. Four years later, she still talks about her experience with a smile.

Beyond the purely medical aspect, the Clinic also welcomes other trainees from other fields. Rachelle Nymphe, for example, came to the Clinic after leaving secondary school for a three-month internship… which was soon followed by more! ‘I’ve been at the Clinic for a year now and I really feel like I’m part of a big family,’ she says.

Although her first task was to file patient records to make the work of the billing team easier, her skills were soon noticed and she was given new responsibilities. ‘I was soon trusted with other things, such as the vaccination process. This allowed me to be more polyvalent and to develop other competences, which made me confident that I could manage things successfully,’ she says. Today, she uses these skills in her daily work at the clinic!

For more information about our medical internships, please contact us on 401 95 00.

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