Health careers open wide with brand new cadet scheme

Health careers open wide with brand new cadet scheme

Tameside College has launched a new health and social care cadet programme to improve access to a number of careers in the sector. Starting this September, Tameside College is recruiting up to 18 school leavers for the two year course in partnership with the local authority and local health trusts.

Students will study two days a week in college as well as working on a placement for two days a week. The college aims to widen the experience and interest in the diversity of careers in hospitals, general practice, care settings and within the community. The advanced qualification will prepare students for further study at degree or higher level nursing or health and care apprenticeships as their specialist careers develop.

The placement opportunities are being supported by a unique partnership of organisations that include: Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (T&GICFT) and Tameside Council (TMBC), Tameside and Glossop CCG (T&G CCG) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (PCT).

Lorna Fegan, head of department at Tameside College said: "This new level 3 course will allow our students to be exposed to a wide range of health and social care settings, rather than only nursing and social working. Tameside College has worked in collaboration with Tameside Hospital and Tameside Council to ensure that students will receive meaningful placement opportunities that will stay with them for life. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people of Tameside."

Tracy Brennand, Assistant Director People and Performance, Tameside Council and Tameside & Glossop CCG

"By working in collaboration with Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tameside College we have created a work placement programme to support the new Level 3 course, which will mean students get a true all round experience of our integrated neighbourhood model across our health and social care system. This will ensure students can experience a wide range of roles to assist them in making their future career choices."

Sharon Harris, Care Certificate Facilitator, Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

"As the main point of contact I look forward to welcoming students to the Trust in the autumn, as well as supporting and guiding them throughout their placements over the two-year programme. I will be responsible for ensuring all students have the opportunities to stay connected and share their experiences. Finally, I am confident that the time students will be spending on health and social care placements will offer them valuable insights to enhance their learning journeys and future careers".

Applicants need at least 5 GCSEs (grade 4 and above, including maths and English) for this advanced level course. To apply and find out more about the course visit the college website.

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