Work placement opportunities in NHS thanks to college partnership

JOBSEEKERS are getting exciting opportunities to work in the NHS thanks to a new partnership between the trust and college.

The work placements at the trust have started thanks to new links with Stockton Riverside College.

They are available to students completing qualifications at the college who are looking for the chance to experience working in healthcare.

Vicki Spinks, the trust’s workforce project manager, said: “These work placements mark the latest stage in a really exciting partnership with one of our local colleges.

“We are offering opportunities for people actively looking for employment to experience working in the NHS.

“Anyone on a work placement will then be given the opportunity of an interview for relevant vacancies when they are available.

“It’s a fantastic arrangement we are hoping to develop further in the future.”

Alison Jackson, 52 from Billingham, who is studying a course in food hygiene and first aid, has started a placement in catering.

She said: “The college told me about new opportunities they were offering for people to work in the NHS.

“When I heard I was eligible, it was something I wanted to experience.

“I have worked in a range of job roles over the years – working for many years in fish stalls in Stockton, Thornaby and Hartlepool.

“To now get experience working in the NHS is fantastic. I am really enjoying it so far. The team are fantastic to work with and we are working with a real purpose – for the benefit of patients.”

Jeffrey Nicholson, 56, from Stockton, is on placement as a domestic at the University Hospital of North Tees.

He has a variety of job roles including as a heavy good mechanic and administrative management in a solicitor’s practice.

He said: “During a visit to the jobcentre they mentioned a hygiene course being run at the college which included a work placement.

“I was really keen to get the opportunity to experience working in healthcare. I am really looking forward to helping make a difference to patient care.”

The trust has already given college apprentices the opportunity to lead on the refurbishment of a vacant space at the University Hospital of North Tees into a hair salon.

Painting and decorating and joinery students are currently on site completing the renovation work. When it is opened next month, it will be run by hair and beauty final year apprentices.

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