Hospital supports youth employment

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CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital is doing its bit to help give young people more job opportunities.

The hospital, in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, is offering work experience to a group of 16 to 18 year olds from the Bolsover area with a view to helping them get full time employment.

A group of fourteen have been chosen from a taster session which took place at the Royal’s Education Centre. The successful candidates will undertake four weeks within the central services directorate, culminating in a presentation on 16th December.

Maxine Simmons, senior matron for practice development, said: “All of those who complete the programme will be guaranteed an interview with the Bolsover Apprenticeship Scheme and they’ll be working within estates, domestics, porters, administration, environmental risk, procurement and clinical engineering.

“We decided to concentrate on one directorate as it will be easier to manage the roles and central services represent a very wide range of working opportunities outside of the healthcare jobs usually associated with the NHS.”

The trust has a long association with the Bolsover Apprenticeship Scheme that stretches back to when it was introduced two years ago. In fact several apprenticeships gaining full time posts at the Royal in administrative and clinical jobs.

Chairman of the Royal, Richard Gregory was instrumental in introducing the hospital to the Prince’s Trust after working with them in previous roles. He said: “I used to be on the board of the Business in the Community which is another of the Prince’s Charities and came across it then so when I found out that it was being used in other hospitals I wanted to see how we could become involved.

“I think it fits in perfectly with the Foundation Trust philosophy of working with the community and giving youngsters the opportunity to get a start in life. We’re in a position where we can work with the Prince’s Trust and make a significant contribution during a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to get the experience they need.”

The taster day took place on Monday 14th November with the celebration of completion happening on Friday 16th December. Interviews for the Bolsover Apprenticeship Scheme will take place in January with apprenticeships starting in March.