North Bristol NHS Trust launches new scheme to help people get into work.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

North Bristol NHS Trust launches new scheme to help people of all ages get into work.

The new ‘Work Academy’ offers unemployed people between the ages of 14 and 65 the opportunity to do up to eight weeks work experience in sectors across the Trust – from clinical roles like health assistants to non-clinical posts like website management.

Ten apprentices are enrolled on to the scheme at any one time and will also be offered training in writing CVs and attending interviews.

At the end of the placements, those participating will be able to apply for jobs vacancies within the Trust or wider NHS.

North Bristol NHS Trust provides one of the region’s best apprenticeship programmes for people wanting to work within the public sector.

The Work Academy scheme, in partnership with Job Centre Plus, is open to people who have been unemployed for a while or teenagers who are not in employment or education.

Jane Hadfield, head of learning and development at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “The aim is to increase the range and number of apprenticeship opportunities available to recruit people into the NHS, and provide career progression once recruited.

“Both clinical and non-clinical work experience  placements have been identified and following a selection process 10 candidates are enrolled onto the programme which will involve 4 weeks work experience supplemented by training designed to help learners to achieve real qualifications.

“We have had our first people who have already joined us on a work placement, with training opportunities including practice in applying for jobs, writings CVs, and attending interviews.”