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Talent for Care and Widening Participation

Two programmes working together to improve education, training and development opportunities available to those working in an NHS support role, and ensure the whole healthcare workforce is representative of the communities it serves, and that progression and opportunities are available to a wide range of people in order to ensure we are able to recruit a talented and diverse workforce.

The aims are:

  • Helping those applicants, from all backgrounds who are particularly interested in undertaking education and training for potential career in the healthcare sector, to gain valuable insights into different careers
  • Providing an opportunity for young people and others to be exposed to and gain some key work skills
  • Raising awareness of job and progression opportunities
  • Supporting those who may be interested in a career change/returning to work

The NHS receive a lot of requests for supporting work experience opportunities and is committed to providing them but it is recognised that is can be difficult for potential applicants to know how, when and who to contact to access potential work experience opportunities.  This can be even more difficult for those from less advantaged backgrounds.


Here are some of the initiatives we are promoting

Health Ambassadors

Our aim:

  • Raise awareness
  • Inspire ambition
  • Enhance confidence
  • Promote the health sector as an employer of choice and as a worthwhile career
  • Inform, advise, and enthuse those seeking advice and guidance
  • Use their knowledge, expertise and passion to reach out and engage with individuals and groups
  • Help break down any barriers which might prevent individuals and groups from accessing any available opportunities

We are working in partnership with Inspiring the Futures they connect state schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work. It has been developed following extensive consultation with range of stakeholders – employers, education, government, third sector and intermediaries. Volunteers from Apprentices to CEOs, Archaeologists to Zoologists pledge just one hour a year to volunteer in a state school or college near where they live or work to talk to young people about their job and career route.   Want to be an ambassador for more information visit: http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/ or contact healthambassadors.yh@hee.nhs.uk





An internship is a period of work experience offered by an employer to give students and graduates exposure to the working environment, often within a specific industry, which relates to their field of study. Internships can be as short as a week or as long as 12 months.

Internships can be done in a range of sectors, including health, sales, marketing, engineering, graphic design, management, I.T. and many, many more. Throughout an internship you will develop a variety of soft skills, including communication skills, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, creative problem solving and influencing skills. ‘On-the-job’ experience can be as valuable as anything learned in your studies. After all, you cannot really understand what a job is all about until you have worked in that environment.

Internships are great opportunities to speak directly to people who have experience in the role you aspire to; and their knowledge of the job and working environment will give you a greater understanding of what it’s all about and what you need to do to progress. Your career aspirations may change when you’re faced with the true realities of a role.

We are working in partnership with Career Ready, during the Summer of 2016 we supported 60 internships in NHS/Healthcare settings. Pupils are recruited onto the programme and have to apply to undertake “real” work experience for a 4 week periodFor more information on how your school can become part of this programme visit the Career Ready website.

If you would like to be a Career Ready Mentor, follow this link https://careerready.org.uk/resource/mentor-handbook-england-wales-and-northern-ireland to find out more information.

Report for 2016 is available in the related documents at the bottom of this page

Contacts at Career Ready

Julie Smith - Regional Manager - julie.smith@careerready.org.uk 

Ian Nichol - National STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) Development Manager - ian.nichol@careerready.org.uk 

Employability Scheme

There are various employability schemes which are designed to help young people who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience for example:  Traineeships funded by Job Centre Plus, The Cutlers Programme in Sheffield and the Princes Trust – Get into Healthcare Programme.  On these schemes they get the opportunity to enter into an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks their potential and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

We haveworking with the Prince’s Trust on the Get into Healthcare Programme.  The Prince’s Trust programme supports disadvantaged young people into work within the NHS.  The NHS will benefit from a talent pool of motivated young people who share its core values – values which are so important as the NHS seeks to continually improve the standards of care in and meet the demographic challenge of an ageing population.

The Prince’s Trust is collaborating with NHS employers and supply chain partners, up and down the country and supporting young people into sustainable jobs. This partnership provides a tangible way of delivering key strands of The Talent for Care project within the NHS in England, if you would like more information visit The Prince's Trust website

Princes Trust Contacts are:

Pete Yarwood – South Yorkshire and the North West – peter.yarwood@princes-trust.org.uk 07711 108175

Louise Lake – Yorkshire and the Humber (not South Yorkshire) and the North East – louise.lake@princes-trust.org.uk 01914973233

Vicky Lannigan – Senior Head of Enterprise and Employment, North of England – Vicky.lannigan@princes-trust.org.uk 07943811376

Gemma Dyer – Head of Public Sector Partnerships covering the North of England and North East & Tees Valley – 07766003511

Jo Hannan – Public Sector Partnerships Manager covering Greater Manchester – 07572101487

Kim Thompson - Public Sector Partnerships Manager covering Liverpool City Region – 07946464781


Read more about the Talent for Care  and Widening Participation programmes on our national page

For further information contact sharon.simister@hee.nhs.uk

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