In summer 2015, York Teaching Hospitals (YTH) piloted a summer placement scheme, which gave students aged 16-18 the opportunity to gain paid work experience in the hospital environment. Participation in the scheme was intended to help individuals demonstrate their suitability for entry level jobs.
Role descriptions were developed, and placements provided in ward based care posts, therapies, research and development, estates and HR. 21 students were offered and accepted a placement.
Feedback was extremely positive:
- every student reported that they enjoyed and achieved what they wanted from the placement.
- all managers said they would like to participate in the scheme again.
- 93 per cent of students said they would consider employment at YTH.
The trust is aiming to run the scheme again in 2016 and offer a higher number of placements.