HEE and the NHS celebrate UK Employability Day 2020

26 June is UK Employability Day, a day for organisations and employers to celebrate their hard work in helping jobseekers to gain and progress at work.

Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), hundreds of employment support centres and employers are throwing open their doors to raise awareness about what they do to help people into work.

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The NHS across England is celebrating the work of its local staff and jobseekers in a variety of ways. Staff are using the day to showcase the successes of employment support across the country and the tremendous efforts made by the jobseekers they support.


The day is a great opportunity to celebrate the vital and valuable contributions these individuals make to patient care and service delivery, and recognise the opportunities that may not have been possible without the crucial work experience placements and employability programmes that the NHS offers.

Laura Roberts, director of skills development and participation at Health Education England, said: “We are very proud of all that the NHS does to support people to start or progress their careers in healthcare. This type of activity in the NHS helps drive forward social mobility and inclusion and opens the door to a vast number of individuals to pursue career in health.”

"Over the last year, around 136,000 individuals undertook work experience, work-related learning, an employability programme or an apprenticeship within the NHS in England, benefiting both the individuals involved and employers. We will continue to offer a range of opportunities that match jobseekers with the needs of employers.”

Read our stories

Ross Fenwick

Ross took part in a Project Choice supported internship, which led to an apprenticeship and now he works part-time as a business administration assistant for Project Choice. Read Ross' story.

Paula Dainty

After two weeks of training and eight weeks of work placement, Paula became a facilities management assistant. She's learnt about the many different roles in the NHS and is now inspired to apply for a trainee nursing associate role. Read Paula's story.


S has *Down’s Syndrome. He was very nervous when he first joined Project Choice, but grew in confidence as soon as he started his placements. Read his story

Andrew Daffern

Andrew was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome but that didn’t stop him from landing an apprenticeship in the learning and development department at the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. Read Andrew’s story


S has a *global learning difficulty and she joined Project Choice after leaving college. She loved her placements, was successful in getting a permanent job and has grown in confidence. Read her story

Lorenza Ravallese

Lorenza started as an apprentice in the finance team and is now on her way to becoming a fully qualified accountant at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. Read Lorenza’s story

Kieran Cunningham

Kieran had minimal work experience but was given support by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust and is now determined in getting a full-time job that can provide him financial security. Read Kieran’s story

Rachel Williams

Once voted as Shropshire’s apprentice of the year, Rachel’s determined to work her way up the career ladder to become an office manager at the therapies department in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Read Rachel’s story.

Maurice McHugh

Maurice learnt new skills in his apprenticeship and is now working as a training administration assistant at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. He loves his role and wouldn’t change a thing. Read Maurice’s story.

Layla Adam

Layla benefitted from the NHS’ Get into programme which helped with her interview skills and building her confidence. With some help from the Talent for Care team at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, she was able to secure a full-time administrative assistant role there. Read Layla’s story.  

Harry Brown

Harry began his IT career as an informatics apprentice years ago and is most proud of being offered a full-time job as an IT support technician at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read Harry’s story.

Key partners

Employers across the NHS, together with key partners including Project Choice, the Prince’s Trust and Jobcentre Plus, and thousands of other organisations help transform the lives of jobseekers and their communities in their local area.

UK Employability Day is a crucial day of recognition for the employment support sector and underlines the critical work of providers.

Step into Work

HEE have a partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions to roll out NHS-designed employability programme for adults aged 19+ who are in receipt of working-age benefits to support a specific workforce challenge. Ten collaborations of Trusts have each been granted funding for the infrastructure to implement this programme across their local area. Trust can tailor the programme locally, whilst maintaining the core elements which are: a 6-10 week long cohort for learners, incorporating both classroom and practical placement experience, obtaining a qualification and completing localised training leading to a positive outcome to include employment, apprenticeship, volunteering, bank sign up or further work experience. For more information please contact becky.orton@hee.nhs.uk

Project Choice

HEE have a partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care to deliver the Project Choice programme, which provides supported internships for 16-24 year olds with disabilities, learning disabilities, difficulties and/or Autism. Project Choice is a programme that helps young adults gain work experience and improve employability and independence skills. The student’s placement is one year long, involving three rotations of placements, each of those being up to 12 weeks long. For more information please contact project.choice@hee.nhs.uk

Prince’s Trust

HEE provide operational oversight and management of the Prince’s Trust health and social care programmes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The aim of the Prince’s Trust progammes are to bring 10,000 young people aged 16 -30 into entry level employment in the health and social care sector from 2020 -2024.

The programmes includes the ‘Get into’ 6 week pre-employment programme, the ‘Get started’ 3 day employability programme for those who are closer to being job ready. Both programmes incorporate mentoring support throughout, and up to 6 months after the individual has finished the programme. For more information please contact michael.bailey@hee.nhs.uk

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