Hundreds of students receive hands on careers advice

More than 650 students attended this year’s health care and blue light careers event for advice from employers and education providers on their future.

Students interested in a career with the emergency services and health and care sector enjoyed the chance to meet professionals at a special event held at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle last week.

Groups from schools as well as further and higher education enjoyed talks, demonstrations and workshops as part of the health care and blue light careers event. They met with employers and education providers to find out more about career options and the different routes into them.

Feedback from the event showed that students were more likely to consider a career in health or blue light services after attending and they had an increased knowledge of employability skills relating to the roles they saw.

Victoria McDade, Resourcing and Attraction Manager at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 

“It’s so important that young people can access high quality careers information and this event brings everyone together under one roof to do just that. This was our biggest event to date and the feedback has been fantastic – we know we have inspired some new career choices. It’s great that so many professionals and educators came together to support our workforce of the future.”

Alice Sharples, school and college liaison manager for the University of Cumbria, said:

“We were delighted to welcome over 650 school pupils to Fusehill Street to meet and learn more about the emergency services.

“Visitors were able to meet UoC trained paramedics and police officers and there was a real buzz amongst students and teachers. We’re looking forward to next year already!”