Greta was 17, unemployed and had left college when she applied for the NHS Traineeship at Aintree Hospital in March 2018. Greta dreamed of a career in nursing but she was worried about the choices she made at a young age which impacted on her school results. Greta attended an information session at Aintree Hospital in March 2018 and after an interview she was offered a placement as a Healthcare Assistant on the programme.
In April 2018 Greta commenced five weeks of employability training delivered by Wirral MET College which included input from Aintree Hospital. Greta had to provide identification documents, attend an Occupational Health check and she was given a mock interview by the employer. Greta completed an eight-week HCA placement in Entry to Home (Ward 31). At the end of the placement Greta attended a celebration event where he was presented with certificates achieved on the course. Greta was interviewed by the Bank staff team and she was offered a full time HCA Bank Staff opportunity. Greta had to complete the NHS application process and submit references covering 3 years using training and experiences gained throughout the training programme and placement.
Greta is now working on Aintree Hospital Staff Bank and this is what she says; I am so grateful to Liverpool in Work, Wirral Met College and Aintree Hospital for this opportunity. The whole idea of giving young people this opportunity to experience the role of a Healthcare Assistant is amazing. The pressure on young people to choose a career is so stressful because the qualifications you choose to study impact on your career choices. With the NHS Traineeship I had nothing and here I now am working in the NHS! I love the vibe and the atmosphere in Aintree Hospital. I would love to work in A&E on Emergencies, but in terms of my future career I am happy for now to work on the bank. I feel so very lucky!