Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals threw open their doors to hundreds of young people to showcase the range of careers on offer with their local NHS.Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) staged two events on Friday June 21 as part of its Career Confidence programme.
This is a programme designed to look at the routes into employment within the Trust, as well as showcasing the numerous career opportunities.
Rachel Maguire, head of people development, said: “We threw open our doors to around 300 young people from across North East and North Lincolnshire. We wanted to give them a flavour of the hundreds of jobs we have in our hospital and community services.
“We are also a leading light in offering a diverse range of apprenticeships from level two to seven in more than 33 different programmes. We have more than 400 staff currently studying as an apprentice, and we are always looking at how we can extend opportunities for more people.
“The day was a great chance for local young people to get an insight on how to get on the career ladder in the NHS, and the types of roles on offer from nursing associates, nurses, midwives, radiographers, scientists, physiotherapists and many more.”
At Grimsby hospital 200 year 10 students and some year nine students, who are taking a health and social course, attended the event. They will were able to browse round a variety of information stands and chat with staff.
The stalls included:
• Speech and language
• Occupational Therapy
• Training and development.
In Scunthorpe about 70 students popped in for a working lunch followed by a conference to hear from hospital staff about career opportunities.
The students heard from a number of speakers talking about their career journeys and the diverse types of career opportunities available. The day ended with a hands-on session with our respiratory nurses and a practical resuscitation session.
Rachel said: “Students, if successful with the resus session, left with a certificate for their employability portfolio and a workbook which they competed during the day.”
Claire Low, interim director of people and organisational effectiveness, opened the Scunthorpe event and Trust chief executive Peter Reading joined the Grimsby event.
The Health Academy helped organise the Scunthorpe session, and both events were financially supported by the Humber Coast and Vale Excellence Centre.