Work experience

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Work experience

Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows people to experience what it’s like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment. Work experience placements can vary these can be over one or two weeks. Some work experience placements offer a hands-on experience, while others provide insights, observation and work shadowing. The training you receive while on a placement will enhance your CV for future applications along with the mandatory training that would be recognised amongst other healthcare providers, these include: information governance, infection control, health, safety & welfare, fire, equality, diversity & human rights, safeguarding adults & children level 1, manual handling theory, basic life support theory and conflict resolution.

Placements can provide valuable experience for people looking to move into a career in the health sector. It also brings significant benefits for our Trust, including encouraging people to consider working in healthcare. This might be through an Apprenticeships which offer a route to opportunities right across the Trust, ranging from health care, therapy and community roles to corporate service, catering and business admin. Our apprenticeships lead to nationally recognised qualifications, as well as a variety of career paths. It is rewarding to discover the remarkable achievements of new people, especially when they are given a chance to show their skills for care and compassion. 

Work experience is crucial to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. At its broadest and best, work experience can open your eyes to jobs you may not have thought of, help inform your career decisions, offer you a chance to prove yourself to an employer and help you understand the attitudes and behaviours expected at work.

We believe in helping building employability skills so that young people are ready to work in healthcare.

 

7 key reasons for offering work experience

  1. To work with the local community and schools, providing an opportunity to engage, inspire and inform
  2. To develop our staff by offering a chance for them to build management and leadership skills
  3. To gain fresh insights into our organisation through someone else’s eyes
  4. To increase staff engagement. Our colleagues get a genuine buzz from inspiring young people
  5. To open your eyes to jobs you may not have thought of within the NHS
  6. To give valuable experience to students looking to move into a career in the health sector
  7. To give you the opportunity to get to know the team and potentially become an apprentice in future

Interested in a work experience placement?

If you are interested in a work experience placement, please complete the application form and send us a copy of a proof of identity document (click here to see documents accepted) Send the form and document to the address below or email it to work.experience@nhft.nhs.uk.

Apprenticeship Team
Third Floor
Newland House
Campbell Square
Northampton