High-skilled employer encounter for East Lancashire

Over 900 high school, academy, college and sixth form students from across East Lancashire attended an ELHT careers fair this week. This provided an opportunity to gain information on both clinical and non-clinical careers including IT, engineering and marketing.

Organised by the Work Based Education Team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, the student gym at Nelson and Colne College hosted the 10-hour career event at which ELHT showcased a variety of exciting career opportunities. Also in attendance were several higher education providers including UCLAN and local colleges who were able to advise on the ‘next steps’.

Sufiya Rasul, Widening Access and Apprenticeship Lead for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“We are delighted to report that the careers fair this year was a huge success. Thank you to Nelson and Colne College for hosting the event and well done to the many schools and college for giving their students the opportunity to learn more about a career in health and social care. We look forward to these young people taking up careers with us at ELHT in the future as a direct result of what they have learnt today”

Schools and colleges from Darwen all the way across to Pendle attended the event, which will be followed by further events in 2019 as the NHS in East Lancashire continues to be the employer of choice for local young people.

Inspira’s Penny Heys and Kay Vaughan, Enterprise Coordinators for East Lancashire for the Enterprise Adviser Network, added:

“We were delighted to support the schools, pupils and teachers of Pendle at the NHS event. This is exactly the type of high-skilled employer encounter which the government is encouraging all regions to pursue. All of the students have had a brilliant time and have experienced first-hand how exciting and dynamic a career in the NHS can be.”