The NHS Careers Fair was a hands-on opportunity towards the end of April for Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students to get to know more about future career in the health or social care sector. The Fair was organised by the RuTC Apprenticeship team along with Wendy Majewska from NHS Southwest London CCG. The Fair was held in the College’s auditorium for both students and members of the public.
During the pandemic, students have not had the opportunity to meet or discuss interests or questions with employers face to face. The NHS Careers fair gave students interested in a career in the healthcare sector, the chance to speak to specialist staff and get a good understanding of what a future career in the sector would look like.
Various organisations were involved during the day including Kingston Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, RUILS (Independent Living) Charity, NHS Southwest London CCG as well as RuTC’s own Apprenticeship team.
Since 2020, RuTC have placed numerous Business Administration apprentices across several GP practices in the borough of Richmond, as part of the wider NHS employment drive and the College continues to work collaborating with NHS Southwest London CCG, on apprenticeship placements in the local area.
The NHS are currently recruiting for a multitude of roles from Healthcare Assistants upwards, with a view to offering employees the training and career development opportunities up to a Nursing degree Apprenticeship.
The NHS Careers fair demonstrated a clear pathway for those who are keen to make a career for themselves in healthcare.
Sheila Fraser Whyte, Executive Director of Business Development and Innovation at RuTC felt the NHS Careers Fair was an important addition to this years’ careers development plans, saying, “Due to the UK’s current socio-economic situation, the NHS and wider healthcare industry have an increased demand for staff and students are an excellent choice for new recruitment opportunities. As well as this, not all students are wanting to start formal higher education so fair’s like this one, offer realistic entry paths into the careers they are most interested in.”
See some images taken at the Fair, in the gallery below.