The Prince’s Trust is working closely with Health Education England (HEE), the strategic body responsible for the NHS workforce in England, to support recruit and train young people aged 16 to 30 who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare support workforce or in social care.

As demand continues to grow for health and social care services, the need to recruit the right people to meet that demand is becoming ever more pressing. If you’re an NHS employer or an independent organisation working in health or social care, The Prince’s Trust can help you find the next generation of talent.

Supporting HEE’s Talent for Care and Widening Participation initiatives, The Prince’s Trust is working with NHS organisations ranging from hospitals to clinical commissioning groups. Over the last five years, we have worked with over 50 health or care employers to support over 2,000 young people into work.

Vanessa Convey, HEE national project manager for Talent for Care says:

Everyone is very clear that we need to be getting more young people into the NHS. One way of doing this is to tap into the local community more effectively.

How it works

The Prince’s Trust, with its reach into communities, invites potential recruits to a ‘taster day’ which gives young people a flavour of what will be involved.  Around a dozen are selected to take part in an employability programme, usually about 4 weeks long. This is designed in collaboration with the employer and reflects the opportunities available, ranging from facilities to phlebotomy. 

An important part of the programme is an exploration of NHS values and their importance in ensuring a high quality of care. Some employers have also introduced elements of the Care Certificate to give young people further insight into the demands of the role.

Jagtar Singh, Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust says:

I have been involved in Prince’s Trust courses for many years and the young people never cease to amaze me. Our future is safe in their hands when you see their commitment and passion.

At the end of the course, participants have the opportunity to complete for jobs and apprenticeships with the lead employer at interview; we frequently work with associated employers and supply chains to maximise employment opportunities.

If you’re an NHS or independent health or social care employer wishing to recruit new talent, we’d love to hear from you. For further information please contact Adrian Thacker on or 07957 735 103. 

You can also download the  Get into: Pre-employment programmes in the NHS leaflet (pdf, 629kb)  to find out further information about the benefits of working with The Prince's Trust.