An NHS organisation has changed the lives of a hundred young people by providing them with jobs and the opportunity to support the healthcare system during the pandemic.
North of England Care System Support (NECS), part of the NHS, recruited a hundred graduates and sixth-form leavers as part of its NECS 100 Programme, providing career opportunities for young people impacted by the pandemic.
As part of its social aim to create new jobs NECS has responded to the economic challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic by generating employment opportunities for people with less work experience, such as recent graduates or those waiting to complete on the job training and apprenticeships.
The NECS 100 programme includes three work streams – a graduate programme, apprenticeships, and graduate internships, with participants joining departments across the organisation. The scale is ambitious, and the objective is to give these deserving, mainly young people, the opportunity to develop themselves through experience and training, and ultimately, secure permanent positions in the NHS.
Michelle McGuigan, NECS’ Organisational Development and Corporate Services Director and Corporate Social Responsibility Group Chair said: “The NECS 100 Programme shows our commitment to make life-changing improvements to people and communities. The programme has now hit a key milestone with one hundred people having been appointed to posts across NECS. We are delighted to do our part to help train individuals and develop their skills.”
Stephen Childs, NECS’ Managing Director added: “We take our social purpose, to create jobs and generate wealth for the communities we serve, very seriously. So, we are so proud to be able to offer these employment and training opportunities to people who may have been wondering if the chance to realise their potential would ever come. We hope the NECS 100 Programme proves to be one, small, positive arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Matthew Morris, one of the graduates to join the NECS 100 programme said: “Graduating in 2020 was a rather challenging experience. Completing studies in an uncertain and fraught job market gives many young people anxieties about their immediate and long-term careers. I used my experience in the private and voluntary sector, coupled with my degree, to successfully apply for the position of graduate project support officer in the communications department. I’m very proud to be one of the NECS 100.”
The programme is now moving to its next stage of training and development including coordination of placements throughout NECS and supporting a talented cohort of participants into suitable ongoing employment within the organisation.