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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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.
For ambassadors conducting a classroom session or workshop its a great idea to evaluate the activity as feedback from learners can help you understand what works and what doesn't. This generic form can be printed and handed to learners at the end of sessions to gauge their feelings and impressions.
Developed by Health Education England in the North East, ‘A patient journey’ is a toolkit that can be used across the curriculum at key stages three and four. By exploring the range of NHS roles that help patients in their care, the easy-to-use toolkit provides teachers with everything they need to deliver informative lessons with confidence. Accompanying the resources are 18 films, each exploring a different role in health.
Young people have a host of highly transferable digital skills which may not be getting picked up when you are recruiting new staff. This useful guide developed by Business in the Community explores ways that you can uncover hidden digital skills that young people may have but are not prominent in their applications or responses at interview.
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.