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Central Manchester case study

Attracting and retaining young people

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has worked in partnership with a number of external organisations to develop pre-employment programmes (PEPs) focusing on recruiting local, unemployed young people.

The clinical nursing assistant PEP offers participants a mixture of classroom and hospital based experience, followed by a guaranteed interview for a paid job with the trust.

The programme has seen significant outcomes:

  • 117 under 25s have been offered a place on the programme since 2012
  • 83 young people (71 per cent) have completed the programme
  • 66 young people (80 per cent) have been successfully interviewed and recruited into paid roles within the trust
  • 54 young people (82 per cent) still work at CMFT
  • Retention of young people recruited via PEPs is higher than direct recruitment of young people into the organisation.

The trust was able to overcome common barriers such as getting mandatory references and navigating the Disclosure and Barring Service process for participants.

Read the full case study from CMFT.