Offering work experience placements can be a great way to help young people with the transition to work, and raise awareness of the career opportunities that are available in the NHS.
It is an important and affordable investment in the quality of your future workforce, demonstrating a commitment to corporate social responsibility through engaging with local communities.
The following resources have been produced to help employers with planning and increasing work experience programmes:
- The Health Careers resource – More than Photocopying: Work Experience – a toolkit for the NHS provides guidance for employers on how to recruit the best people to placements, advice on setting work plans and tips on celebrating outcomes.
- Could you offer work experience? – a guide produced by Jobcentre Plus (JCP), who also offer support with the delivery of pre-employment and work experience programmes.
- Routes into the NHS infographic – shows the non-traditional routes you can use to bring more young people into your workforce.
- Pre-employment directory – use this directory to find out more about organisations that you can work with to run pre-employment programmes.
The Health Careers service, managed by Health Education England, also provides information about the wide range of careers available within the NHS, with guidance specifically tailored to students, school leavers, undergraduates and recent graduates. The Health Careers website has information about planning your engagement strategy and considering how you could support work experience within your organisation.