Treloar College students start Careers Week at NHS Careers Day
Treloar’s students from the Employability and Vocational pathway attended an NHS Careers day at HSDC Alton College on 6th March organised by 350+ NHS Careers Programme and Project Choice.
There were three sessions throughout the morning, with speakers from the NHS and students from Alton College taking part. The final session was from Project Choice who provide a supported internship course for young adults aged between 16-24 with learning difficulties.
Project Choice partners with NHS healthcare settings to create supported work environments that provide real work experience for learners. The support is tailored to each learner, based on their skills and interests. Alongside their four-day professional placement, interns are offered one day of education, learning Maths, English and employability skills. Jo Cannings, Project Choice Manager, outlined the programme and introduced a recent graduate who answered questions from our students in the audience.
Nathan Franklin, completed his supported internship last summer and now works as a ward assistant in the Emergency Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. Nathan told the students about his experience as an intern and described his role. He enjoys talking to patients and making himself useful. He described how excited he was to be offered a job and given the opportunity to gain paid employment.
Treloar’s students said they had found the morning useful. Luke said: “It was interesting to find out about the range of roles available within the NHS.”
Luke is currently a Treloar’s Supported Intern working at Farnham Leisure Centre on the reception team. He was pleased to learn that his experience and skills will equip him well for a role within the NHS.
All the students who attended received a certificate for completing the day and a tote bag. For students on the Employability and Vocational pathway, events like this are a really useful opportunity to develop their independence skills, learn more about employment options available to them and prepare for life beyond Treloar’s.
Employability and Vocational pathway
Students in this pathway generally aspire to work in their future. This may be full or part time employment, self-employment or volunteering. Find out more here.