Recruitment success for young people

A new report shows that the recruitment process for young people in the NHS is hugely successful and a North East trust is playing its part.

Last month NHS Employers published a report about recruiting young people in the NHS which looked at how easy it is to find a job, the recruitment and selection process, employment checks, the level of support received from managers and their overall experience of working in the NHS which showed an extremely positive picture.

For the last three years, staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services have been taking part in the ‘ThinkFuture’ programme and have provided opportunities to almost 200 young people.

Since 2013 we have provided apprenticeships to 199 young people. The apprenticeship programme continues to grow because of the support received from managers throughout our organisation. The vast majority of apprenticeships are successful with almost all apprentices obtaining full time employment after completion.

Annette ConnorVocational Lead at NTW

The statistics in the new report back up this positive story with 86.5 per cent of 16-24 year olds reporting that their experience of working in the NHS had been positive with more than 90 per cent reporting their had received support and encouragement to develop skills from managers and colleagues.

A key result was also almost 70 per cent reported that they saw themselves working in the NHS in 10 years time.

We advertise for new apprentices four times per year through NHS Jobs and we also recruit apprentices whenever a placement becomes available. We offer intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships throughout Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and recruit to a wide variety of work areas including administration, finance, recruitment and pharmacy.

Annette ConnorVocational Lead at NTW

I’m delighted that the positive experiences of our workforce are reflected in this national report and that the overwhelming majority of young people feel that the NHS is a great place to work.

Lisa Crichton-JonesExecutive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development