Tools, resources and learning


There is lots of fantastic work already being done by NHS trusts to recruit and engage with more young people. The case studies, blogs and  resources below will help you think differently about how you can employ more young people into your organisation through flexible and tailored recruitment.

Case studies

  • Tailored induction for young people - read how Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tailored its induction process to support young people coming into their organisation. 
  • Hitting the right note with local young people - read how York Teaching Hospital took steps to create a more age diverse workforce.
  • The right mentoring support for young apprentices - read the case study from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on providing young people with a peer mentor and a learning mentor to help with the successful running of apprenticeships.
  • Tailoring your job advert to attract young people - read South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust case study, find out how tailoring the traineeship job advert increased the number and calibre of candidates applying for their traineeship programme.
  • Attracting and retaining young people - Read Central Manchester University Hospitals' case study which details how the long standing nursing assistant pre-employment programme successfully attracts and retains high numbers of young people within the trust.
  • Recruiting the workforce of the future - Read Lancashire Teaching Hospitals' case study which details how using flexible recruitment methods can support and encourage college leavers directly into health care assistant roles. 
  • Growing the future workforce - read about Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust's strong commitment to the widening participation agenda and how, in recent years, they have run a range of programmes that have benefited young people.  

Recruitment survey

What do young people think about the recruitment process into the NHS? We have conducted a survey which collected the views of more than 1200 young people, which may be beneficial in informing your own recruitment methods. You can view the full survey here


The NHS workforce took to social media to share their inspiring stories and images of their first jobs. See a selection of some of our favourites in the #NHSwhereIstarted storify. Will it inspire you to open up conversations about recruiting young people in your organisation?

Read blogs from senior NHS leaders and stories from colleagues about where they started in the NHS, what their journey has been and why they believe we should bring more young people into the workforce.


Liz Faulkner, workforce transformation manager at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust discusses how her team is taking responsibility for reforming the trust's work experience porgramme in a four part blog series. 

Shaking up and sorting out our work experience programme - in her first blog Liz talks about getting started. 

Rejuvenating our work experience programme - in her second blog Liz gives an update on changing the work experience policy. 

Light at the end of the tunnel - in her third blog Liz shares how feedback from managers has helped to shape the policy. 

Reflecting on a job well done -  in her fourth and final blog Liz shares how the process has gone and celebrating Talent for Care month. 

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Health Education England's directory of widening participation

As part of Health Education England's widening participation agenda, they have compiled a directory of best practice initiatives. A number of the examples included in this resource reference successful methods for engaging with and increasing employment opportunities for young people; worth a read for those with an interest in this agenda.

Tell us what your organisation is doing

To share what your organisation is doing to recruit young people into the workforce please contact us.

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