HR toolkit

What is a pre-employment programme?

Pre-employment programmes, also known as employability programmes, are designed to help people develop the skills they need to secure employment. A typical pre-employment programme offers:

  • support to improve skills such as CV writing and interview techniques
  • mentoring support for a period of time after the pre-employment programme has been completed.

Some pre-employment programmes also offer a work experience placement in a healthcare setting.

Each pre-employment programme has different criteria and will usually be aimed at a specific audience, for example 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET), young offenders, or young carers.

Partnership working

Your organisation could work in partnership with third party organisations to offer work experience placements as part of the pre-employment programme. Placement opportunities allow managers to observe the young person in a work environment and will help you to showcase the roles that are available in your organisation. For information about additional routes into the NHS for young people, see our Routes into the NHS infographic.