Excite them in the early years!
18th. October 2018
The Work Experience Quality Standard accredited Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting Work Experience Month 2018 with a visit today (Thursday 18th October) by 15 Ambassadors from the Trust to a local school in Shrewsbury, during which up to 80 pupils will get an insight into working for the NHS. In “round-robin” style, all the pupils will meet each of the Ambassadors to start to build a picture of the more than 350 careers that the NHS can offer.
The Trust stages this event three or four times a year, normally with The Marches School in Oswestry. And, to top that, in November the Trust, in partnership with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, will be staging a careers event at Shrewsbury Town Football Club for all Year 10 and 11 pupils from all parts of the Shropshire region. That’s going to be between around 500 young people! It’s the third time that this partnership has staged this event, which has been hugely successful, and is an example of the Trusts’ firm belief in engendering people’s interest in working in the sector at a formative young age.
Taking that even further, in June this year, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust arranged a visit of 5 and 6 year olds from a local primary school. As well as sessions in practical infection control and manual handling, the children got to X-Ray their classroom teddies and take the image away on a disc. Everyone at the Trust found it very inspiring and uplifting!
This wide-ranging activity is at a time when the Trust’s Training Team is extremely busy with careers events of all types which result in applications for Work Experience coming flying in (three of the eight Work Experience weeks that the Trust will be offering in 2019 are already full) as well as managing all the Trust’s other training needs and 40 apprenticeships.
The team is conscious of growing interest in careers with the NHS - pleasingly with young people becoming increasingly aware of the breadth of career choice on offer – and a growing interest particularly in Orthotics. Many people point to the Invictus Games and the increasing awareness of the amazing achievements of Paralympians as inspiration for their interest in this field. With only Salford and Glasgow universities currently offering courses, it’s early days for this discipline but, as demonstrated by the strategies detailed above, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust is very adept at linking to early interest!
It’s also extremely good at exciting people, capturing their imagination and interest and delivering experiences of the workplace at consistently high standard. Keep up the great work!