In the last two years, more than 10 personal development and Get into the NHS programmes have been run at the hospital, positively impacting on the lives of many local young people.

This relationship stems from a wider partnership between The Prince’s Trust and Health Education England, which aligns Prince’s Trust programmes to the entry-level strand of Talent for Care in NHS England and also supports the Widening Participation strategy. It has seen NHS employers successfully deliver more than 100 programmes and reach 1,000 unemployed young people, many of whom have progressed into full time healthcare jobs.

David Taylor, Head of Regeneration at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust explains why Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham wanted to get involved:

Our aim is to deliver the best in care but in a way that reduces disadvantage and increases prosperity in Birmingham. Young people are our future workforce. They need the opportunity to move forward and get that step up. It’s up to us to help them out.

“What you get when you work with unemployed young people is increased motivation and reduced sickness. And of course, our staff get a kick out of it too. As an employer it’s a win-win.” 

Tabitha, 18 from Birmingham, attended one of the hospital’s Get into the NHS programmes, and describes how she felt about the experience.

“I was over the moon when I got a place on Get into the NHS; I never wanted to be late because of traffic so got up at 5.30am every day, even though it was a 7.15am start. I’m so proud of what I achieved on the course and hope to work within the NHS as an auxiliary nurse or Health Care Assistant.”

The success of the collaboration between The Prince’s Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has seen the hospital roll out other young people’s initiatives tailored by The Trust to match the hospital’s recruitment needs.

What is so good about the partnership we have with The Prince’s Trust is how well we complement each other. The Prince’s Trust is very good at tailoring its programmes and recruiting disadvantaged young people; and our strength is training them into jobs.

"It means we’ve been able to work with them on a number of fronts. Most recently we’ve started to run traineeships – it’s something I’m normally fairly sceptical about, but I knew The Prince’s Trust would make it work.”

Staff at every level of the hospital have been impressed by the young people that attend The Prince’s Trust programmes and what they accomplish. But perhaps the most important factor about this partnership is how it helps the hospital fulfil their values by bringing three-fold benefits: benefits to the hospital itself, to Birmingham, and to the city’s future workforce.

Thanks to this, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is continuing to partner with The Prince’s Trust so that hundreds of unemployed young people from Birmingham can improve their prospects in the years to come.

We’re keen to keep developing our relationship with The Trust and I think more Hospital Trusts should look at getting involved. It doesn’t matter how experienced a hospital is at delivering pre-employment training, The Trust will work with them to find a real way to make it work and whilst there are still high levels of unemployment and people are taking low-paid part time work, it’s important we do our bit.