Riley had been completing year 1 of an accountancy course when in year 2 his course was cancelled. Riley was looking for something else and noticed the NHS Traineeships on Wirral Met College’s facebook site. Riley had always held an interest in biology and decided to apply for a clinical placement.
In March 2017 Riley attended an Information session and was interviewed for an LCL placement and Riley was offered a placement in LCL. In April 2017 Riley commenced five weeks of employability training delivered by Wirral MET College which included input from Liverpool Clinical teams and the Royal Learning & Development team. Riley had to provide identification documents, attend an Occupational Health check and he was given a mock interview by the employer. In June 2017 Riley was offered a Liverpool Clinical Laboratories placement and completed an eight-week placement which was 4-weeks in Haematology and 4-weeks in Clinical Biochemistry. Riley said ‘I found the placement enlightening and I found out a lot about laboratory work and what went on but I wasn’t sure about the possible job prospects’.
After the traineeship Riley was given a bank staff link but decided to apply for permanent positions. In March 2018 Riley applied for a permanent position in Cytology with Liverpool Royal Hospital but was unsuccessful. Liverpool Royal said that they would keep his application on file. In June 2018 Riley applied for a part time Biomedical Support Worker role with Arrowe Park hospital and was successful. In August 2018 Riley was contacted by Liverpool Royal as there was a full time vacancy in Cytology. Riley accepted the post and has been working a Liverpool Royal Hospital carrying out sample checks, sorting samples and prepping for machines.
Riley says; ‘A year ago I didn’t know what to do next and here I am working in Liverpool clinical Laboratories. I found that the experience I had on the programme counted when I applied for vacancies despite not having academic qualifications such as A-levels. I now have options to go forward in my career. I am hoping in the future to get my A-levels and go on to University to study Biomedical Science. The NHS Traineeship was great for me and it definitely works! I would like to thank Dave and the team in LCL for the opportunity, Michele and the team at Wirral Met College for all of their help especially interview skills, and Emma and the team at Liverpool in Work for their support with job search and funding’.