NNUH receives jobs award

The NNUH has received recognition for two projects it is supporting, which encourage young people and members of the armed forces to gain an understanding of the roles and potential employment opportunities in the health sector.

The Trust received a Platinum award from Norwich 4 Jobs – a project set up seven years ago by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith – to reduce the number of young people unemployed in the city.  

Julia Nix, East Anglia District Manager for the DWP, Julia Watling, NNUH Programme Manager for Workforce Development and Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.

Working with partner organisations across health and social care and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), young people aged 16-24 who are currently unemployed are invited to spend some time with the NNUH to gain an understanding of the different roles within the organisation, develop their skills and knowledge and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.  

Julia Watling, Programme Manager for Workforce Development said: “We are really pleased to have received this award for this important project. This is a win, win because this means we are able to grow our own workforce, develop young people from our local community and empower them to go and find out about the different opportunities we have here in the hospital.

“This is supported by the work we undertake with the Prince’s Trust as well as the DWP’s Sector Based Work Academy.”

The Trust has also been shortlisted for the first Step Into Health Awards for  Collaborative Recruitment for the Armed Forces Community. This work aims to attract service leavers, veterans, spouses and partners to consider a future career within health.

Julia said: “This is an opportunity for us to promote the jobs we have in all areas across the hospital. Quite often people do not think beyond doctors and nurses when it comes to hospitals, but there is such a huge variety of employment opportunities.

“This is also a good example of collaboration as we are working with our neighbouring hospitals – the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn and the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston – as well as Serco, Norfolk Community Health and Care, Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support and East of England Ambulance Service to bring people into the health sector and into the right area that suits their transferable skills or an alternative career pathway.”

Paul Jones, NNUH Chief People Officer, said: “We are delighted to have received this recognition for the collaborative work that is going on to attract a more diverse range of people to the Trust. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and growing our own staff as well as bringing people in with different backgrounds and skills, is important in achieving this.”

The Step Into Health Awards are announced on Tuesday March 10.

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020 11:22:45 AM