Health care and Education Unite to Build Better Futures

A Teesside-based health care trust and local education provider have united to offer job application and interview technique advice to pupils at a post-16 academy which caters for students with additional learning needs.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Successful Futures Tees Valley and Catcote Academy in Hartlepool to support the ambitions of pupils looking for opportunities post their education journey.

Gary Wright, Deputy Director of Workforce for the Trust explains more ‘we have been working with students from within the sixth form area of the academy. Alongside colleagues from other organisations such as local authorities and universities from the region, we were able to assist in facilitation of a session where the young people made applications for roles that were mocked up for the event.

Our education team then conducted formal interviews, with questions used regularly within interviews within the Trust. We were able to offer honest appraisal of the students’ performance and highlight areas for development’.

Candace Gilbert, Successful Futures Adviser who partnered the project said ‘We are delighted to be working with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Trust and are very grateful to them for their support. This is a fantastic example of how successful partnership working can be and the benefits it can bring to young people’

Since taking part in the event, the community-focused Trust has been invited to facilitate a visit from Catcote students who have an interest in pursuing a career within the health care sector. The group of around 10 students will visit Hartlepool Hospital in September.

Gary explains more about what the guests can expect ‘we are hoping to offer the pupils a tour of the site, with the opportunity to meet staff and spend time on a ward, learning about clinical observations. The day doesn’t end there, after this they will head to orthopedic outpatients and the plaster room to discover more about life in this department’.

The Trust are hopeful that if this pilot is a success that it can become a regular occurrence. Wright summarises ‘our Trust is dedicated to working with partners from across our community to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for those we work to support. Our Hartlepool site is exceptionally important in facilitating innovation and growth in learning. For us, the energy and passion of the staff who work there will hopefully inspire our young people to focus on an ambitious future’.

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