What is a Health Ambassador?
A Health Ambassador is a qualified and experienced health worker who is willing to inspire and encourage young people in primary and secondary schools to think about a career and educational opportunities in healthcare.
They have enthusiasm, commitment, confidence, the ability to identify with young people, a passion for their work and a wish to inspire others to achieve their full potential.
The aims of the programme include:
• Developing young people's interest in health-related areas
• Promoting the health sector as offering career choice for young people
• Supporting the raising of standards and young people's attainment
• Encouraging young people to aspire to reach their full potential
• Developing teachers' professional understanding of the health sector
• Supporting work-related and applied learning requirements in schools
Aims of the project:
The aim of the project is to bring healthcare professionals together with young people to raise awareness about the variety of career options and talk about job opportunities within healthcare. This can be achieved in a number of ways:
• NHS organisations holding open days, careers events, work experience programmes, work shadowing and volunteer placements
• Connecting education and healthcare professionals in order that young people gain an insight into the world of work
Being an ambassador:
Health Ambassadors act as role models to young people, offering them the chance to find out as much as possible about jobs and professions in healthcare. As an ambassador you will be involved in a programme of working with local primary and secondary schools and colleges. This may include:
• Giving presentations in a school setting with groups of students on health and social care courses
• Offering guidance and advice on the health industry and its many and varied career opportunities at a careers session
• Helping to facilitate workshops and work experience programmes and possibly becoming a mentor if you have the skills and interest
How it works:
Follow this link to sign up to Inspiring the Future. By signing up, you make it easy for local schools and colleges to get in touch to see if you can help them help their pupils make better decisions about the future. You might be asked if you could take part in a careers fair, in career networking (speed dating about jobs) or do a lunchtime talk to sixth formers about your job and how you got it. Typically, volunteers will go into schools just once a year to speak with young people.