BOOT-CAMP SUCCESS LEADS TO JOBS IN THE NHS FOR SIX LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE
A boot-camp organised by Tower Hamlets College to help young people improve their employability and personal development skills has paid positive dividends for those who attended it.
Six of the students that took part have secured paid apprenticeships with the NHS in London, and the other nine have started apprenticeships and jobs with other organisations or gone into further or higher education to help pursue their intended future career paths. Three of the successful boot-camp participants hail from east London.
The boot-camp was part of a selection process to help the NHS in London best identify and recruit good quality apprentices for non-medical roles in the NHS, like IT, administration, communications and HR. The students were aged between 17-25 years of age.
To celebrate the young peoples’ achievements, the College and the NHS together held a graduation ceremony presenting the students with their City and Guilds certificates to mark their successful completion of the boot-camp.
During the ceremony, the students heard from youth charity worker Kofi Oppong, currently working with the charity A-Star, co-founded by Premier League footballer Fitz Hall of QPR and Ken Bonsu. Kofi spoke about his own experiences of being homeless when a young man, living in his friend’s car and how he managed to turn around his life with a strong belief in his own confidence and attitude, two key components for success.
Boot-camps are regularly run by the College as a part of its growing apprenticeship programme. The college uses this approach to help London employers select the best candidates for apprenticeship positions. The boot-camps also provide advice to the young people about skills employers want, boosting confidence, building a CV and guidance on career options, whether with the hiring company or elsewhere.
Bodrul Hoque from Tower Hamlets is now working as a recruitment assistant apprentice with NHS Health Education, south London said:
“The boot-camp has helped me get a better understanding of what is expected from me in the work environment. I have learnt about interview techniques, which was essential for me to be able to secure my apprenticeship.
“In my role I am now being given responsibility to organise recruitment for some NHS specialisms.”
Gerry McDonald, College Principal said:
“I’m really pleased to be here today to help celebrate the students’ success. It is rewarding that all 15 students have successfully progressed into apprenticeships or further education, demonstrating the success of the boot-camp in helping them. I wish them every success for the future.”
Laura Emson, NHS Apprenticeship Manager, Health Education England said:
“It has been a delight to watch the apprentices thrive and grow within the health sector. When they started the boot-camp they were raw young people, but their confidence and abilities have shone through.
“It is really important for a large employer such as the NHS to provide opportunities to talented young people and apprenticeships are an important part of that recruitment strategy.”