Preparing young people for the world of work through Widening Participation paid internships.

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Young people are our future workforce and yet often have limited opportunity to see the world of work before they leave education at 18 years of age.

Our working population in Britain is aging. We have skills gaps and recruitment challenges throughout our industries and business, and the NHS is no different.

Young people are our future workforce and yet often have limited opportunity to see the world of work before they leave education at 18 years of age.

Employers are now being encouraged to design roles for younger people entering their organisations. Apprenticeships, school-leavers and graduate schemes, internships and work experience are great ways of engaging young people in the workforce and increasing their skills and productivity.

Youth unemployment rate stood at 21.9% and leading organisations like Barclays for example had fewer than 300 colleagues under the age of 21. By 2016, the percentage of young people progressing from trainee to apprentice had gone up from 40% to 90%. They also enrolled 197 new colleagues and will took on another 60 the same year, 25% of those graduated onto other programmes.

In 2012 the workforce at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust included only 2% of people aged 16-24. Since the increased apprenticeship opportunities this has increased to 9%.

Danielle, the Widening Participation Lead at Guy's and St.Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust said :

“Providing opportunities for young people isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the key to ensuring we have a future workforce. Internships enable young people, who would otherwise have no understanding of the world of work, to learn how to behave and communicate in a professional environment, whilst developing their skills. This alone can make a huge difference to their future career opportunities.” 

At Guys and St.Thomas’ we have partnered with Lambeth College to embark on the Career Ready programme. Career Ready is a national charity that links schools and colleges with employers to open up the world of work to young people.

With support from the KHP Widening Participation Committee we enrolled 3 students from Lambeth College on a six week paid internship to work within: Nuclear Medicine, Imaging and Amber Care Bundle team.

One of our graduates from the Career Ready internships, Emily said:

“My favourite task working with the Amber Care Bundle team was booking accommodation and Train tickets. These tasks helped me improve my writing communication as I had to write emails using formal language”.

To find out more about internships at the King’s Health Partners visit our internships page to find out more.

To find out more about Career ready visit the Career Ready website for more information.