More than 160 year 9 and 10 students from schools across the county and city are registered to attend one of two Young People’s Health and Social Care conferences on 16 March.
Together We’re Better, the health and care partnership for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, is holding the conferences to speak to school-aged children about the variety of career opportunities on offer within health and social care.
As a Cornerstone Employer, the Together We’re Better partnership works closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.
Simon Whitehouse, Director for Together We’re Better, said: “At this age, young people are starting to think about what they want to do when they finish school. We are keen to show how you can have a varied, rewarding and exciting career if you choose one in health and care. Equally we want our young people to have high aspirations and then be part of the future workforce for health and care across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. We hope that these events will be both useful and informative to those attending.
“Like the rest of the country, it is essential that we invest in, and develop, our workforce of the future for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. We hope that these events will inspire a new generation to choose a career in health and social care to help us deliver high quality caring services now and in the future.”
The young people will attend workshops facilitated by health and care staff from across the system, sharing knowledge and information about their career pathways and about the opportunities available to them. They will have the opportunity to meet staff from different areas of nursing, social care, allied health professionals (e.g. radiography, podiatry and occupational therapy), plus teams from other non-clinical, corporate roles.
Simon added: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the young people and, due to being oversubscribed, are already making plans for more events like this in the future.”