Hands on career experience for hundreds of students in Cumbria

Following a successful careers fair in West Cumbria a second event will be taking place on Thursday 2nd February in Carlisle to showcase a career in the health, education and care industries across Cumbria.

Over 250 students recently attended the careers fair held by Cumbria’s NHS blue light and educational services and the County Council. They got a hands-on experience of what the roles on offer across the organisations are like, testing out equipment themselves and speaking to the professionals.

The event, held at the Lakes College in Workington, included interactive activities such as the use of a defibrillator and police and fire service equipment, alongside visual aids such as bones and medical tools. Other interactive activities helped students to feel first-hand how important kind and compassionate care is, a value which is really important to all organisations involved.

Throughout the day students who attended had fun but most importantly were made aware of careers that could potentially shape their future, Jessica Morgan from Lakes College said:

“It’s been great to see what careers there are in health and social care, and it’s helped to confirm that I definitely want to be in the NHS and I know I want to be a midwife.”

Another student, Lauren Crewdson from Whitehaven found it helpful in more than one way:

“I learnt a lot about physiotherapy, I thought it was only hospital based and didn’t realise it had community care as well. My nana recently had a fall and it’s good to know they could help her at home.”

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) teamed up with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group, Cumbria Health on Call, GP practices, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Cumbria County Council to host the school engagement event.

There are over one thousand roles throughout these organisations and the whole day showed how vast the options for young people in Cumbria are.

Victoria McDade, Resourcing and Training Lead, GP Recruitment Hub Lead at CPFT and event lead said:

“We are thrilled with how well the Healthcare and Blue light event was received by the schools, college and students in West Cumbria. The event saw hundreds of students who either headed straight to their career of choice or took their time to explore all of the careers on offer.

“Students told us how useful they found talking to someone in the career they were interested in, getting a feel for what it is actually like to be in their shoes, knowing what values, behaviours and skills they would need in that role.”

The second event will be taking place at Austin Friars School in Carlisle on Thursday 2nd February and we are delighted to announce that Eden Valley Hospice will also be joining us; if schools are interested in booking a slot they can contact Victoria.McDade@cumbria.nhs.uk. Students who are in school year 11 and above can join the event after school from 4.00pm. Victoria added:

“We hope the success will be reflected at Austin Friars and that the learning from both events will help make the future events, due to be organised in October even better.”