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Local Pupils consider NHS Career after first-hand Experience with WWL

Newsdate: 6 January 2015

Pictured: Pupils taking part in the Skills ClubWrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to have been selected by Skills for Health Academy North West to host an after school Skills Club, a fully funded programme commissioned by Health Education North West in the Wigan Borough.

The Skills Club is an exciting, voluntary after-school initiative that provides a vocational taster programme for 14 year old pupils from local schools. Pupils are introduced to the wide range of potential job opportunities we can offer if they decide to take up a career in the NHS.

Twenty pupils from the Deanery High School attended sessions after school at Wrightington Hospital and took part in fun, interactive workshops which covered a wide range of topics including First Aid, drug, alcohol and sexual health awareness, healthy eating and Dementia awareness.  The pupils also visited our Simulation Centre, at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and gained an insight into clinical procedures. 

The pupils were then given the opportunity to ask specialists questions about their roles and responsibilities which helped them understand exactly what is involved in different job roles. 

Rob Cragg, Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Education said ‘We were delighted to be involved in this programme.  We greatly believe in showcasing the full range of career paths the NHS has to offer in order to maximise the educational options students can pursue.  Furthermore, it’s really important for WWL to encourage local people to aspire to work in our hospitals.’

Rosalyn Unsworth, Head of Health and Social Care at the Deanery High School said, “It was a very positive experience, allowing pupils to gain practical experience in a hospital environment that they could not access in the classroom”.

Pictured above: Pupils taking part in the Skills Club