Young people have positive experience of recruitment in NHS

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04 / 12 / 2015 11.43am

A recent survey from NHS Employers suggests that young people have a positive experience of recruitment in the NHS.

The survey focused on 16-24 year olds working in bands 1-to 4 and received more than 1200 responses.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 86.5 per cent of 16-24 year olds said that their experience of working in the NHS has been positive
  • more than 90 per cent received support and encouragement to develop skills from managers and colleagues
  • 66.9 per cent could see themselves working for the NHS in 10 years’ time.

The survey also highlights a number of areas for improvement. For example, respondents would have liked to have had more contact before starting work and would have been keen to start work quicker. 

Ruth Warden, assistant director of NHS Employers development and employment team said ‘Young people have so much to offer the NHS, both now and in the future. The results from our survey are certainly encouraging, and in particular it is fantastic that almost 70 per cent of young people working in the NHS can see themselves here in ten years’ time. We will continue to work with employers to help them to adapt and develop recruitment processes to attract, and keep, the most skilled and talented young people.’

The results from this survey will inform NHS Employers' ThinkFuture programme of work, and may also be useful for employers to inform their own recruitment and selection processes.

Read a report of the survey's key findings.

For more information about employing young people, visit the ThinkFuture web pages. 

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