HR toolkit

Directory

Use this directory to find out about organisations that you can work with to run pre-employment programmes which attract and engage young people.

You can also find out more about pre-employment programmes.

Organisation

Brightside

Brightside matches staff mentors to young people through online mentoring. This is a good opportunity to increase young people’s awareness of the range of roles that are available within the NHS, and could be a useful development opportunity for your staff members to gain mentoring skills.

Listen to the podcast from Brightside which gives examples of the benefits NHS staff have found from taking part in mentoring young people.

There may be a charge for this service, contact Brightside for further information.

Career Ready

Career Ready works with local employers to provide opportunities for 16-19 year olds in schools and colleges opportunities to gain more experience of the world of work. You could provide mentoring opportunities, host a tour of your organisation, give a masterclass or provide a paid summer internship.

Engaging at this stage allows your organisation to connect with young, talented people and showcases jobs within the NHS.

There may be a charge for this service, contact Career Ready for further information.

Centrepoint

Centrepoint provides young homeless people with opportunities to get back on their feet. You could encourage staff to mentor a young person or provide work placements that are inclusive of all sectors of the community.

There may be a charge for this service, contact Centrepoint for further information.

Find out how Guys’s and St Thomas works with Centrepoint in our case study.

Fair Train

Fair Train helps employers to identify areas for work experience development and develops a tailor-made package to support employers to provide high standard work experience placements. This can be in the form of electronic advice and guidance, CPD training or sharing best practice from other accredited organisations.

Fair Train accredits organisations using the Work Experience Quality Standard, a national accredited framework covering all forms of work experience from work placements, through to internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Jobcentre Plus

Working in conjunction with Skills for Health, Jobcentre Plus assists with recruiting 18-24 year olds into hard to fill, entry level jobs. JobCentre Plus will provide recruitment advice, source young people for interview and support you with setting up work trials to give you the opportunity to try out potential recruits.

There may be a charge for this service, contact your local Jobcentre Plus for more information.

Find out how Central Manchester University Hospitals worked with Skills for Health and Jobcentre Plus in our case study.

Learndirect

Learndirect customises its pre-employment programmes to meet your local organisational needs. It can source young people for interview and will support you to build up young people’s employability skills. It can also help you to provide mentoring support for young people after the programme has completed, to help them become job ready.

Learndirect also offers apprenticeships and can help you to access funding, as well as sourcing young people for interview.

There may be a charge for this service, contact learndirect for more information.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust helps young people to gain the skills and experience they need to get paid jobs.

It will support you with building up young people’s employability skills and providing relevant healthcare experience and training. The Prince’s Trust can also help you to provide mentoring for young people after the programme has completed, to help them become job ready.

There may be a charge for this service, please contact The Prince’s Trust for further information.

Prospects

Prospects works on behalf of the National Careers Service and provides young people who are not in education, employment or training with employability skills and work placements through pre-employment programmes. It also runs programmes specifically for young carers, ex offenders and care leavers.

Prospects will support you with sourcing young people for interview, recruiting to hard to fill vacancies, setting up work placements and ensuring your workforce reflects the diversity of the local community.

There may be a charge for this service, please contact Prospects for more information.