Healthier Working Futures

Healthier Working Futures engages and encourages young people (aged 16-25) who are living in Leeds to consider a career in health and care. The young people engaged will be either unemployed and / or economically inactive, live in an area of Leeds that is classed as economically deprived, or be part of a specific community of interest who experience some form of inequality.

The aim of the programme is to showcase health and care career paths as an attractive route for young people, highlighting the opportunities available in the hopes that a young person will want to secure a role in health and care in future.

The programme offers lots of different methods of support, including:

  • Free 1:1 advice on the different routes into a health and care career.
  • Access to work experience days​ to discover how it feels to work in health and care.
  • Personalised support sessions to help a young person find the best route for them.
  • Access to training and qualifications to help them secure a role in future.
  • Invitations to health and care career introduction events where young people can explore the roles and opportunities available, talk to people already​ working in health and care, and identify their next steps.

The support given is completely tailored to the young person and their interests. The different elements of support that a young person can access, and how to access them, can be found below. 

Workshop: Introduction to health and care careers

These sessions will explore the roles and opportunities available in health and care, provide a space for attendees to talk to people already working in the sector, and to work with the Healthier Working Futures team to identify their next steps.

Session dates and locations:

  • 12th May 2pm-4pm – New Wortley Community Centre
  • 25th May 2:15pm-4:15pm – Jamyang Centre, Holbeck
Qualification: Moving and handling

A 1-day practical and interactive session hosted at Leeds City College Eastgate Campus. It is a free qualification which will provide the opportunity to develop practical skills for working in a health and care environment.

Participants will gain the Qualification in Assisting and Moving Individuals in Social Care Settings. 

Session dates:

  • Monday 30th May 
  • Tuesday 14th June
Qualification: Essential Digital Skills

A 5-day course hosted at the Leeds City College Park Lane Campus, which will run every Monday for 5 weeks starting from the 23rd May.

The course will focus on:​

  • Using devices and handling information
  • Creating and editing documents
  • Communicating
  • Transacting – e.g., purchasing online
  • Being safe and responsible online


Event: Work Experience Day

At these events, young people will be able to take part in a range of practical, hands-on activities that will give them an insight into what it’s like to work in health and care.

The events will be facilitated by health and care experts, and attendees will be able to ask the facilitators questions and find out more about what it’s like to work in the sector.

Session dates:

  • Tuesday 7th June 10am-3:30pm (lunch provided): University of Leeds
  • Thursday 9th June, Friday 10th June or Saturday 11th June (three dates available): Shine, Harehills Road, LS8 5HS
Work Experience: Digital Careers

Young people are invited to take part in a virtual work experience programme to explore digital, data and technology roles in health and care.

The programme includes live webinars, e-learning modules, quizzes, activities and the opportunity to speak to digital, data and technology experts in the sector. The programme will explore a broad range of roles and opportunities including:

  • Cyber specialists
  • Data analysts
  • IT operations
  • User researchers 
  • Interaction designers 

This activity launches on Monday 13th June and can be completed at the participant’s own pace, with a total time commitment of 10 hours. 

Bespoke 1-1 Support

Young people can access bespoke 1:1 support from one of our third sector partners, who can work with them on a range of activity, including:

  • Job searching, interview skills, application support
  • Support to explore specific roles in health and care 
  • Confidence building and tailored advice

The third sector partners providing support through the Healthier Working Futures programme include Lighthouse Futures Trust, Unity Homes & Enterprise, Barca, Barnardos, Learning Partnerships, Health for All and Smart Works Leeds.

To register for this 1-1 support, young people need to fill out this central referral form

This referral form is used jointly between Healthier Working Futures, Leeds Health and Care Careers, and Leeds City Council’s Employment & Skills team. 

If somebody submits a referral form, and they are aged 16-25, and not currently living in East Leeds they will be automatically referred to Healthier Working Futures. At this point, a member of the team will call the referred person to find out more about them and their interests, and arrange their 1-1 support session. If the young person does live in East Leeds, they will receive an equal amount of support from our partner programme which is currently operating in East Leeds specifically – Leeds Health and Care Careers.​


If you have any questions about the Healthier Working Futures programme, you can contact us by emailing

Healthier Working Futures is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. Further information on the UK Community Renewal Fund can be found here.