05 / 9 / 2014 Midnight
There are lots of opportunities for employers to promote the range of exciting science careers available and to bust the myth that all science careers are laboratory based. There are of course careers that involve laboratory work but many also include interaction with patients, careers and their families.
Opportunities to promote careers in healthcare science
There are many ways to promote careers in healthcare science:
- presenting to students within schools and colleges
- working with careers advisors and organisations who provide information on careers such as GOV.UK
- working with Jobcentre Plus to share information
- holding recruitment fairs and open days
- providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
Healthcare science week
Healthcare Science Week runs each year in March. You can help promote the extraordinary work of healthcare scientists to local schools and your community by planning early in your departments. Be inspired to start planning your 2015 activity now by finding out what activity took place to celebrate healthcare science week in 2014.
Each year NHS Careers runs Step in to the NHS schools' competition. Designed to encourage students to think about the variety of jobs available in the NHS, students are asked to research one of the 350 careers available and produce a job advertisement for the role and either a job description or a CV of an ideal candidate.
Work experience is a great way for prospective employees to consider a career in healthcare. Historically aimed at school pupils, it is useful for people at various stages of their career and is perfect for adults thinking about a career change.
Our work experience in the NHS page provides useful information on how organisations can successfully run local work experience programmes. Our briefing, The opportunity to engage: work experience and our future workforce, contains guidance, case studies, practical tips and clarifies some of the common myths around work experience. It also features a toolkit with further advice and sample forms employers can use as part of the work experience process.
Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to create a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce. Designed around the needs of employers, the work-based education programmes lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Recruiting healthcare science apprenticeships can:
- help build a qualified, motivated, skilled workforce
- attract both existing and new talent from all ages
- help retain existing staff as they see clear routes for progression
- improve productivity
- offer a long term solution to developing skilled staff
- provide an excellent way to meet your organisations social responsibilities, engage with and boost your local economy.
Find out more in our dedicated apprenticeships section.
Become an Ambassador
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET) creates opportunities to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Employers can become involved with STEMNET to spread the word and help inspire our future scientists. STEMNET are looking for employers to:
- link with local schools and colleges to promote the various specialisms available
- set up a stand in your organisation during healthcare science week to engage with the community, staff and patients
- Encourage colleagues already involved in healthcare science to sign up to be a healthcare science ambassador at www.stemnet.org.uk.
Further information can be found on our apprenticeships web pages.
Inspiring the future
There is a large demand from young people to meet those already in employment to ask questions about they do and the career path they chose. Inspiring the future is a free service which will facilitate visits from many people across all sectors and professions to local state schools and colleges where they will talk about their career and education. It will give young people the chance to hear about the different opportunities available to them and encourage them to become part of the future NHS workforce.
Further information and how to get involved is available on our Inspiring the Future page.