Support and opportunities for students in Health and Social Care
We are delighted to have recently started working with the Prince’s Trust, through their partnership with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), to offer opportunities for Pearson students and graduates in the Health and Social Care sectors.
Support into the sector
The Prince’s Trust is a UK-based charity, aimed at supporting young people progress in their lives, through jobs, education and training. Working with partners across the country, the organisation offers free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career.
This particular partnership, with the DHSC, aims to support 10,000 young people (aged 16-30) to start their new careers in the health and social care sector over the next 3 years. Healthcare is a key pillar of our societies, and we have seen this more than ever in recent years.
What kinds of jobs can you get in Health & Social Care?
The Prince’s Trust design their programmes to fulfil the needs to the employer, and they only work with employers who have vacancies. Furthermore, they financially support the expenses of those on placement.
There are three different programmes available through the Prince’s Trust, and we are excited to be able to promote these opportunities to our students. These would be of particular interest to those studying, or graduates of:
- Pearson BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care
- Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
- Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Care (England)
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England)
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support
- Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England)
- Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Healthcare Practice and Healthcare Practice for England
- Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Social and Community Work
Students who meet the following eligibility criteria can apply:
- Aged 16-30
- Based in England
- If in employment, this must be less than 16 hours per week.
Typically lasting from 4-6 weeks, this is an in-depth programme that focuses on increasing young people’s chances of securing employment in the many different career paths available within the Health and Social Care sector.
The programme includes a combination of classroom-based learning and a hands-on work placement.
Get started is delivered over 2–5-days and is an intensive sector-specific programme which includes employability skills, workshops and multiple interviews for live job vacancies with our employer partners on the last day of the programme.
The mentoring programme offers young people the opportunity to receive 1-1 support from a Princes Trust mentor. Mentors support young people with all aspects of employability including searching for jobs, application support and interview preparation.
In addition to the stand-alone mentoring programme, the Prince’s Trust also match young people to a mentor for up to 6 months after completion of a programme. This ensures young people receive the support they may need to gain and/or sustain employment.
These programmes aim to build a diverse workforce and create a new supply of workers in sectors where there are gaps. Furthermore, they help to increase young people’s social mobility, affecting long-term social, economic and health outcomes. They add significant value by providing young people with ongoing support.