The Healthier Working Futures project inspired young people (aged 16-25) to consider careers in health and care, supporting them to gain the required experience, knowledge and role opportunities to kick-start their career.
With funding from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, the project partnership team consisted of the Leeds Health and Care Academy, Lighthouse Futures Trust and East Leeds Project. Together we coordinated a collaborative approach between 19 public sector and 19 third sector organisations.
We’re proud to have worked with partners to deliver such an exciting and impactful programme of opportunities for young people, which included:
- Experience days to give young people the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at hands-on activities that different health and care roles involve.
- Qualifications and training, such as Emergency First Aid, Food Safety and Mental Health First Aid training.
- 1 to 1 support which provided tailored help and advice; for example support with writing CVs and applying for jobs.
- Support and advice from I Care… Ambassadors (professionals who work in the health and care sector) who spoke to individuals or small groups of young people about their role and experience in the sector.
young people engaged with the Healthier Working Futures programme in total
individuals were able to achieve a specific outcome – a job, training or education access, or an accredited qualification.
Through the project a range of resources have been produced, such as lesson plans and case studies for practitioners to use when working with young people around health and care careers. These resources are available to download here.
We are continuing to work with partners to develop a city-wide approach which aims to inspire the next generation of health and care professionals. As well as continuing our work with young people aged 16-25, we are also focusing on engaging children from an earlier age, ensuring that talent, potential and diversity is attracted to the sector, both now and in the future.
The Healthier Working Futures Impact Report can be found below. If you would like to download a copy of the report, please click on the three dots on the top bar of the window and click ‘Save’.