Employability Programmes

SCORE

The Volunteer Service, Trust Charity at SWB NHS Trust and Aston Villa Foundation are working in partnership with the Prince’s Trust aims to engage with long term unemployed people across Birmingham and provide support with training and linkages to work within key growth sectors.

SCORE (Supporting Career Opportunities, Recruitment & Employment) is our unique work experience pathway to employment programme specifically designed, jointly funded by SWB NHS Trust and the Prince’s Trust to inspire young people from a variety of different and diverse backgrounds to enter the health and social care sector. If you are a job seeker or unemployed, and are age 16 – 30 years of age. You live within the Sandwell and West Birmingham catchment and meet the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) referral criteria and looking for employment within the Health Care sector.

We believe our SCORE employability programme could be for you, especially if:

  • You are age 16-30 years, an unemployed job seeker who wants to be ‘job ready’ and live in
    Birmingham
  • You have no formal qualifications, but really want to pursue a career in the Health Care sector
  • You also currently volunteer in a Health Care related setting but need retraining and formal
    qualifications to boost your job chances
  • You are honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • You have the capacity to participate in 16 hours of development training for 8 weeks which will
    include: 2 weeks of in-house training, functional skills, IT assessments, real work-based experience
    on placement with Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and an external health and
    social care service organisation

If it’s a YES to any of the above then the chances are our SCORE pathway to employment
programme might be just right for you.

The SCORE programme will get you ‘ready for work’ for at least one job role and depending on
qualifications a multi-skilled discipline (clinical and non-clinical) in vital service areas and for the next
including positions health care assistants, trainee nurses and many more positions that we
will soon have coming up across our hospitals.

If you are interested, but still want to know more before fully committing, remember we will train,
mentor and support you throughout. We will provide you with the work experience whilst helping you
to obtain the level of functional skills and qualifications you will need.

• Applicants must be age 16-30 years of age, live in Sandwell and West Birmingham catchment area and would want to be ‘job ready’. To enrol please click here and fill in the online application form

• If you need support with filling in the application please email either: swbh.volunteer@nhs.net or contact via SWB Volunteers Service Team: 0121 507 4855

Previous programmes operated by the Volunteer Service

World of Work

World of Work (WoW) was a unique work experience placement programme specifically designed and funded for job seekers and unemployed people aged 25+, that met the referral criteria and lived within the Birmingham and Solihull catchment area.

Information presented at the time can be found below – please note this course is now finished.

World of Work could be for you, especially if:

  • You are age 25 plus, unemployed, want to be ‘job ready’ and live in Birmingham within the catchment area.
  • You have no formal qualifications, but really want to see if a career in Health and Social Care is suitable.
  • You currently volunteer in a healthcare related setting but you now require retraining and accredited qualifications.
  • You are honest, trustworthy and reliable, have the skills needed to work and be part of a team and ability to meet targets and work to deadlines.
  • You have the capacity to attend 16 hours of development training for eight weeks including two weeks of in-house training and skills assessments and approximately four to six weeks of real work-based experience as a placement at City Hospital, or with external health and social care service partner organisations, or within a community setting i.e. community project or schools.
  • You’ve often thought about applying for a job within the NHS… but you didn’t apply due to having no recent or valid work experience.

If the answer is YES to at least three of any of the above then the World of Work ‘Pathway to Employment’ at City Hospital might be just for you.

Our WoW programme will get you ‘ready for work’ for at least one job role and depending on qualifications a multi-skilled discipline (clinical and non-clinical) in vital service areas including positions: as apprenticeships; administrators, clerks and receptionists; hotel services; estate operatives; porters, patient transport drivers, health care assistants, trainee nurses and many more positions that we will soon have up and coming across our hospitals.

If you are interested, but still want to know more before committing, remember we will train, mentor and support you. We will provide you with the work experience and some financial subsistence whilst helping you to obtain the level of functional skills and qualifications you will need.

Applicants must be age 25+ unemployed, live in the Birmingham catchment area and wish to be ‘job ready’.