Dive into the NHS - apprenticeships and future thinking for young people

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07 / 8 / 2015 8.30am

A recent event demonstrated how HR teams in the NHS can work in partnership with their local education and training board (LETB) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to connect with young jobseekers. 

Dive into the NHS was held at the London Aquatics centre on 30 July 2015, and the event aimed to:

  • provide young people aged 18 – 24 with the opportunity to chat with employers and training providers about apprenticeship career pathways in the NHS
  • give employers the chance to meet candidates in person and help improve their application technique, thus broadening the applicant base for vacancies.
Young people from the region were invited to participate by their Jobcentre Plus (JCP) advisor.  On arrival, delegates were supported by JCP staff to find the information they needed from the stalls of local employers and training providers. The NHS employers present at the event included trusts, GPs and community pharmacies.

Feedback from delegates

NHS Employers spoke to a number of enthusiastic young people on the day, with comments including:

"There’s a lot that the NHS has to offer.  I decided to come here to see what there might be for me. I know if you start with something short-term in the NHS, there is a career you can build.  It’s fantastic to be here to see what is on offer.”

"My jobcentre adviser thought it would be a good opportunity for me to come here as there are a lot of NHS jobs I am interested in.  I think working in the NHS would be giving back to the community and helping others.”

Local context

Local collaboration was crucial to this event, from the advance regional planning of Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and DWP, to the strong sense of community and local identity evident in the room. The format is something that could be replicated in other UK regions, as Charlotte Hewson (Apprenticeship Lead, HENCEL) commented:

"I would encourage others in the health sector to work with Jobcentre Plus, who can provide support in organising and facilitating similar events to meet the needs of employers, and enable engagement and recruitment within your local community."

Find out more

This event was jointly hosted by HENCEL and JCP, with the National Apprenticeship Service also providing support.  For further information please contact: charlotte.hewson@gosh.nhs.uk

You can also find out more about how JCP can support recruitment and retention in the NHS by visiting our dedicated webpages.

The objectives of this event were aligned with the aims of the national Talent for Care strategy.  Employers interested in learning more in this area or sharing good practice are encouraged to attend our Skills and Education in Employment network event on 2 September 2015. 

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