Healthier Working Futures

Healthier Working Futures, Leeds is an exciting new partnership of health, care and third sector partners who have received funding from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. Following a competitive application process, we were the only project to be selected in Leeds and just one of seven projects across West Yorkshire.

The aim of the project is to help young adults, aged 16-25, to develop the confidence, skills, interest and insight that will enable them to take advantage of fulfilling employment opportunities in the health and care sector. This is a rapidly growing sector and one where there are numerous job vacancies from entry level to management and leadership roles. The innovative model is based on a partnership approach that will create a joined-up pathway from engagement, through job readiness and coaching to paid employment.

Representatives from the wider health and care sector (health centres, hospitals, the care sector, primary and secondary care) have highlighted appropriate entry level roles where vacancies currently exist in Leeds. At least seven third sector partners will be recruited to inspire young adults to consider a career in the health and care sector and will then run a programme of activity to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to apply for the identified roles and/or other positions within the wider sector. This will include: engagement activities; briefing and information sessions; visits to health and care premises; and 1-1 employability support such as writing a cv, completing online applications and interview practice. The intended outcomes are that young adults are: in paid employment in the health and care sector; actively applying for roles; or undertaking further training or education.

The project is being co-ordinated by the Leeds Health and Care Academy, a ground-breaking collaboration of Leeds health, care and university partners who design and deliver collaborative and transformative learning and development opportunities for all health and care staff across the city. They will encourage active engagement with primary and secondary health care providers, as well as health and care organisations from the private and voluntary sectors. The Leeds Health and Care Academy is a delivery partner of this project, together with the Lighthouse Futures Trust and East Leeds Project. The programme will complement the excellent work that is already taking place regarding inclusivity and equality through initiatives such as: the Leeds Inclusive Anchors programme; the Leeds Health and  Care Careers programme; the I… Care Ambassadors programme; and the Developing You programmes led by the Employment and Skills team at Leeds City Council.

Healthier Working Futures, Leeds will run from November 2021 to the end of June 2022 and plans to engage over 600 young adults aged 16-25 who are unemployed/economically inactive, particularly those who face multiple and diverse barriers to employment.

In order to fully engage young adults, visual arts organisation the East Leeds Project have created a mobile makerspace called “KIOSK” which will be used as a pop-up venue across the city. Taking making directly to the people, it will provide a range of fun and hands-on creative sessions, led by Leeds-based artists, designed to engage young adults and help them find out more about the wider job opportunities that are available in the health and care sector. KIOSK will move from location to location, with venues being selected according to young adult’s choices and where they live: trusted spaces including parks, outdoor venues and places already used by young adults such as Leeds bike track, sports venues and popular, local meeting points. They will also include more traditional health and care settings such as care homes, health centres, hospitals and GP surgeries for “seeing is believing” visits.

We are currently inviting applications from third sector organisations who are interested in helping engage with the programme between mid-January and end of June 2022. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 20th January 2022. An independent panel is being recruited and they will meet w/c 24th January to review all applicants. Third sector organisations will be informed of their decision that same week, whether successful or not. We expect all successful partners to be able to mobilise immediately in order to have completed the support programme no later than end of May 2022, before the formal programme end date of 30th June 2022.

Guidance Notes

Please ensure that you have read the guidance notes at the link below before filling out the application form.

Application Form

Download the application form via the button below. Once complete, please return to leeds.crf@nhs.net by 5pm on the 20th January.

If you have any questions about the funding or your application, please contact us via leeds.crf@nhs.net.