Young people will be able to get experience of working on a hospital ward or in a college department under a new scheme which is being launched next month.
Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the College of West Anglia will soon be recruiting more than 12 students onto its traineeships programme in the coming weeks.
The scheme, which is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, allows students to undertake a six-month training and educational programme along with unpaid work experience.
Organisers of the scheme hope youngsters will gain qualifications and references.
Partnership liaison officer at the college Trevor Clarke hoped the scheme would be productive. He said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to gain the skills employers are looking for and improve their chances of gaining employment or an apprenticeship
“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the hospital. They are a major employer in the local area and trainees will gain a valuable insight to the many career opportunities the hospital has to offer.”
“The apprenticeship team at the hospital has been extremely supportive in getting the traineeship programme started and I am very pleased that they are enabling young people to gain experience of the world of work through the traineeship programme in partnership with the college.”
During the six-month scheme, students spend a day at the college undergoing training programmes along with classes in English, maths and other employability skills.
They will also spend two days a week on work experience in the college or hospital.
Roles on offer include trainee plaster technician, trainee porter, print room technician and ward clerk along with administrative roles.
At the end of the course, students will get a reference along with the potential of being taken on.
The college will be holding recruitment sessions on Thursday, January 23, between 5 and 7pm, and Saturday, January 1, from 10am to midday.
Students will need to undergo interviews with the college and hospital to make it onto the course.
Organisers hope to have youngsters in place by the end of February.
The college is hoping to find other businesses to take part in the scheme.
The hospital’s apprenticeship co-ordinator Sharon Carter welcomed the scheme.
She said: “The trust is pleased to be working with the college to bring the new traineeships programme to the hospital.
“This will prove to be a valuable addition to our successful apprenticeship programme which has led to many local, young people gaining employment with us.
“The world is changing fast. With fierce competition for apprenticeships and jobs there’s never been a better time to have marketable skills. But you don’t need to sit in a class all day to get them.
“We have over 80 careers and professions and the route into many of them can start with a traineeship.
“We are looking for young people who have all the ambition and passion demanded by traineeships and apprenticeships.
“Traineeships will give the hospital a chance to grow its future workforce.”
For more information about the scheme go to: www.cwa. ac.uk