The Cheshire Career and Engagement Hub were delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the past 12 months by holding a conference for local stakeholders at St John’s Church Centre, Hartford on 3rd November. The event was opened by Guy Kiliminster from Cheshire Pioneers.
Hosted by East Cheshire NHS Trust and funded by Health Education( North), the Career and Engagement Hub aim to inspire local people to consider careers in health and care by contributing and strengthening current career engagement developments. Three key priorities were set reflecting the aims of the Hub and needs of our local partners. The three key priorities were identified as 1.Centralising and improving access to information, 2.Increasing career engagement opportunities and 3.Increasing work experience opportunities.
1. The Hub were able to share progress made by introducing the launch of the new career hub website, media handles and a range of bespoke brochures and leaflets
2. Presenting promotion of the Health Ambassador Scheme which resulted in over 90 Health Ambassadors signing up across Cheshire and 800 hours of health career engagement
3. Presenting a range of initiatives put in place to increase access to work experience opportunities including the pro motion of the Fair Train quality mark for work experience placements.
According to current figures collated by HEE (North) work experience placements across Cheshire have increased from last year by 115placements to a total of 505 placements, entry level programmes have increased by 57 to 59 and apprenticeship placements have increased by 76 to 102.
During a series of presentations, guest speakers panel and workshops, over 50 partners from a wide range of organisations had the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Hub, to network, and to help shape future key projects.
We are grateful to Lawrence Williams who was on work placement for his help with the IT systems.