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Pre-Employment Support 

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Supporting young talent into the healthcare workforce

The Prince’s Trust is working closely with Health Education England (HEE), the strategic body responsible for the NHS workforce in England, to support recruit and train young people aged 18 to 30 who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare support workforce or in social care.

As demand continues to grow for health and social care services, the need to recruit the right people to meet that demand is becoming ever more pressing. If you’re an NHS employer or an independent organisation working in health or social care, The Prince’s Trust can help you find the next generation of talent.

Supporting HEE’s Talent for Care and Widening Participation initiatives, The Prince’s Trust is working with NHS organisations ranging from hospitals to clinical commissioning groups. Over the last five years, we have worked with over 50 health or care employers to support over 2,000 young people into work.

Vanessa Convey, HEE national project manager for Talent for Care says:

“Everyone is very clear that we need to be getting more young people into the NHS. One way of doing this is to tap into the local community more effectively”

Have you considered a fulfilling career in the NHS or Social Care? Are you 18-30, living in Mid or South Essex?

The Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (ICS), supported by The Prince’s Trust, is looking to assist those starting out in the world of work, into a career in health and care. Our Pre-Employment Co-ordinator can support you to navigate the jobs and apprenticeships available, help you decide which career pathway is right for you and offer support to aid you with application and interview preparation to help you secure a positive outcome.

This provision of personal support, assistance and encouragement is particularly important to people at a time of transition and is usually given over a sustained period.

Some of the benefits of having support through the Prince’s Trust can include:

  • Support to help you navigate the jobs and apprenticeships available in health and social care.
  • Explore employment options to help you decide which career pathway is right for you.
  • Application and CV support, plus learn interview strategies and gain support to help you secure employment.
  • Offer our free Development Award bursary to remove financial barriers which may prevent you seeking or accepting employment.
  • Boost your confidence.

For more information and to enrol to this service, please contact our Pre-Employment Coordinator using:

J has previous care home experience but after experiencing some mental health issues and juggling childcare she wanted to get back in to work but in a different area of care.

After speaking with her DWP work coach, J was referred to a two-week programme run by the Health & Care Academy, The Prince’s Trust, South Essex College and Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).

The course offered numerous qualifications and an insight in to a mental health care support work role. J successfully completed the course and participated in an interview and then had the opportunity to take up a six month internship as a Health Care Assistant with EPUT.

J said the course is the ‘Best thing I have ever done, I’m glad I didn’t talk myself out of it. This has helped my mental health too,’


Health Care Assistant Intern, Essex Partnership University Trust