The aim of the Careers & Engagement Hub is to work with local people and inspire our future workforce for the NHS and wider Healthcare sector. We work collaboratively with Schools, Universities, Job Centres and other organisations across Cumbria and North Lancashire. This enables us to provide a range of inspirational opportunities and careers guidance for your future.
We run a range of employability programmes to support you in gaining the skills and experience necessary to apply for a job in the Health and Care sectors. Our programmes can help you to start your health career and help us to ‘grow our own’ workforce.
Sector Based Work Academy:
These are pre-employment programmes for unemployed adults on working age benefits. Successful applicants attend workshops with Inspira to help them to gain confidence and learn employability skills. They then progress on to a local College where they study either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications in related subjects. After College, the group of learners undertake a 4 week placement in an entry-level role at one of our hospital sites. Previous placement roles have included: Clinical Support Worker, Catering Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Car Park Assistant, Domestic, Porter, and Maintenance Support Worker.
Throughout the programme, learners gain NHS training including a corporate induction and all travel expenses are covered. At the end of the placement, they receive a written reference from their placement mentor and support with applying for roles in the health and care sectors. This includes job vacancies in care homes, GP surgeries and in hospitals across the area.
So far we have delivered Sector Based Work Academy programmes in Lancaster and Barrow, and they have been very successful. Our next programme will be based in Kendal and will commence on the 24th September 2018. Come along to the launch event at 11am at Kendal College to find out how to apply!
These are entry-level vocational programmes for 16-19 year olds who are interested in employment or higher education opportunities in the Health sector. Successful applicants participate in work placements in roles such as Clinical Support Worker or Catering Assistant. The work placements can take place over the summer holidays on a full-time basis or can be organised to be part-time throughout the term so as to run alongside College or University timetables. Interns have the opportunity to learn skills from working alongside experienced staff members and gain an insight into the daily routines and responsibilities of a particular role. Support and guidance is available for all Interns, and specific strategies can be put in place to support any Interns with learning difficulties or additional needs. At the end of the placement, our Interns receive a written reference from their placement mentor and support with applying for employment or pursuing further education in the Health and Care sectors.