Birmingham Children's Hospital

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06 / 1 / 2016 9.29am

The employer’s story

Aspire at Birmingham Children’s Hospital supports young people in getting the skills, knowledge and confidence to enter the world of work via a range of schemes. There are a variety of opportunities available on the scheme including apprenticeships, e-mentoring and internships. The Aspire programme has 27 partners from 11 organisations to help make the programme possible.

There are opportunities for people with learning disabilities as part of the Aspire programme:

  • 20 people with learning disabilities attending the career taster day;
  • 8 took part in the 8 week work experience placement; and 
  • 3 people with learning disabilities are employed at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2015, with an additional 5 recruited in the second year.
How we did it
  • There are a variety of schemes available to give young people experience and the opportunity to gain skills at Birmingham Children’s Hospital 
  • Work experience is offered to students aged 14 and above
  • Work experience placements range from half a day to a week in length and are offered in a variety of departments. 
  • In 2015 the following services were offered:
    • 153 one to one sessions
    • 46 interview prep sessions 
    • 19 cv support sessions
    • 7 university application sessions
    • 14 students obtained a new improved session
  • Internship programme
    • 80% of interns secured paid employment by the end of the internship 
    • Interns are provided with interview prep, help applying for jobs and advice and guidance on career development 
  • 2015 Apprenticeship Scheme
    • 52 business and administrative apprentices
    • 17 clinical health apprentices
  • Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for people who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills or experience. The traineeship programme is designed to help people gain skills. 
  • 67 staff have agreed to become Youth ambassadors
  • Youth ambassadors provide work experience placements, mentoring and career talks to support students. 
  • There is a development group comprising of 12 young people on the various schemes. These young people meet once a month to help develop Aspire resources and make sure they are what young people need

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