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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is shining brightly for creating exceptional Work Experience opportunities, especially the Health Academy

23rd. October 2018

It’s an exciting time for the newly accepted cohort of Health Academy students at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as they’ve just started their work placements in a variety of areas and specialisms: a great Work Experience Month moment. They follow the warmly congratulated 17 of 18 recent Academy participants who went on to secure jobs as Healthcare Assistants. The academy is a partnership between the Trust, Job Centre Plus and Blackpool and The Fylde College and is designed for people receiving working-age related benefits.


Work Experience Month also marks the Trust’s terrific achievement in the last calendar quarter of 155 placements for people ranging from under 16 to 25+. The interest is mostly in medical placements, but participants are also attracted by physio, midwifery and pathology. The latter is especially encouraging, as workforce development in Healthcare science is a priority for the majority of the many NHS Trusts accredited with Fair Train. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is also getting increasing interest in placements for workplace experience in mental health, though it is not specifically a mental health trust.


The Trust’s activities don’t stop there, though, as this month it’s getting out and about to engage, not just with 16-18s, but with the entire community through social media and special events. The aim is both to promote its Work Experience opportunities and the c. 350 careers on offer in the NHS. The team has eleven events scheduled to start in Work Experience Month; they range from ‘work-ready’ days which include mock interviews, to careers fairs and more.


From all of us at Fair Train … congratulations and keep up the great work!

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