75 students from secondary schools in Calderdale and Kirklees have taken part in an exciting skills initiative designed to promote the career opportunities on offer in the health and care sector. Funded by Health Education England, and delivered by Ahead Partnership, the ‘Let’s Talk Health and Care Experience Day’ was designed to help young people understand the different roles and career opportunities on offer and help to fill future skills gaps.
The latest initiative provided an opportunity for students from Honley High School, Netherhall High School and North Halifax Grammar School to meet face-to-face with professionals working in the field of health and care from the University of Huddersfield’s School of Human and Health Sciences; Kirklees CCG; Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; and Kirklees College and learn more about their job roles. Students undertook a variety of activities and interactive events, such as workshops, speaker sessions, speed networking, employer engagement and an interactive ‘Family Fortunes’-style game.
This flagship event forms part of the Kirklees and Calderdale Health and Care Pathways Project which seeks to develop young people’s understanding of opportunities within the sector, supporting increased interest from young people in jobs in health and care following the pandemic – for example an Engineering UK survey saw almost a quarter of 11-19 year olds say they were more likely to pursue a career in the healthcare sector since the coronavirus outbreak.