Engaging with young people around careers can be a fulfilling and enjoyable activity, but can also be daunting if you've not done it before. Below are a number of resources we think you might find useful when undertaking engagement which might give you some ideas or useful formats for the work you're doing
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This short video by Step Into the NHS is a great introduction to some of the benefits of working for the NHS and works well in presentations or lessons where NHS careers are being discussed.
Business in the Community’s Future Proof Campaign, backed by the City & Guilds Group, helps employers to make their employment opportunities more accessible to young people. To support this, BITC have developed a set of practical resources for employers that cover inspiring young people about the world of work, making recruitment processes accessible to all young people, and progressing young employees in the workplace. These resources are available on the Future Proof website and include a range practical ‘how to’ guides and best practice case studies. Topics include offering work experience, attracting diverse young candidates, apprenticeships, recruiting for potential instead of experience and providing youth-friendly inductions. Case studies feature employers including Barclays, Whitbread, British Gas, EE, BBC and Costain.
Health Careers have developed a large range of booklets on key careers and work areas in the NHS which are great to take along to careers events and engagement sessions. They are freely available to order but you can also download PDF versions or refer learners to the online resources.
The HHE Health Ambassador website is a really useful resource for NHS Career Ambassadors, giving general resources to support activities and engagement with learners. Providing some practical tools that could be utilised in different settings. The site provides ideas for workshops, ice breaker activities, preparing for the visit and much more.
This is a link to some ideas for 'ice breaker' activities on the Health Careers website. Ice breakers are really beneficial to energise, motivate and encourage young people to work together; they often work well at the start of presentations. Some of the ideas given are suitable for sitting, whilst others are table-top activities and there are also some more energetic ones for moving around.
Try or share the NHS ‘Values for healthcare’ challenge e-tool which has been developed for anyone who is thinking of applying for a support role [Bands 1-4] in the NHS in order that they can assess how well their values match the 6 NHS Constitution Values. You can choose any one of the 4 support worker job roles featured in the Values for healthcare challenge, it doesn’t have to match the type of job role you are aiming for or thinking about.
A Values for healthcare teaching and learning e-tool has also been developed for those of you who are involved in developing the future workforce and engage with people around their career options in the NHS. You can use this e-tool in a 1:1, classroom or group setting.
This infographic produced by NHS Employers gives some great introductory statistics to the current makeup of the NHS workforce. It's a useful introduction to the composition NHS staffing and how things have changed over recent years. This could help you prepare for a presentation or talk with learners about opportunities to work for us.