Supporting schools

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If you are a local school or youth organisation looking to find out more about careers within the NHS then the Aspire@BWC team can help you with our range of employability enterprise programmes. We offer a range of opportunities including hospital tours, practical skill sessions as well as career talks from our amazing members of staff.

The NHS is the fifth largest employer in the world with over 1.2 million staff with over 350 different job roles in the NHS. This means that there are many different opportunities open to young people and we are keen to support local organisations in raising awareness of these careers and inspiring the future generation to become the workforce of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

If you have, any upcoming events and are looking for support please contact us.  In the past, we have delivered career talks, participated in practice interviews and attended career fairs for schools and local youth organisations. We also deliver numerous free events to the public and support our trust open-day events. 

Being involved with the Aspire programme at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital has provided our sixth formers with access to healthcare professionals who can offer invaluable advice and guidance to them as they make important choices about their future careers and degree courses. We are delighted to be partnered with such a great Birmingham institution. ​Susan Smith - Director of Post 16 Progression, Ark St Alban’s Academy, Birmingham

What type of programmes are on offer?

We offer several exciting programmes including the following

  • Hospital Tour

Our interactive tour will give young people an opportunity to see parts of the hospital not generally accessible to the public. During this tour, they will see the wide range of staff involved in making a successful hospital run and will learn about the different career pathways staff have taken.

  • Apprenticeship

To promote the role of Apprentices, the qualification and the different career pathways. Students participate in a range of activities, similar to the TV show Dragons Den.

  • Careers Day for students with learning disabilities

This career event is especially adapted for those young people who may have learning disabilities. The day starts with a treasure hunt tour around the hospital, followed by a range of practical hands-on activities which will help the young people to develop their personal skills and aspirations.

  • Health Practical Skills Day

The Health Practical Skills Day is an opportunity for a group of students to participate in assessment and diagnostic practical skills in a classroom environment.

Students will gain hands-on experience using real equipment giving them an insight into patient assessment and the type of skills that are required by medical staff within the NHS. Students will learn the importance of communication, working in a team, following instructions, the importance of health and safety in the workplace and learning how to use sophisticated equipment accurately.

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