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Life-changing NHS work placement provides full-time job for trainee Callum

Name: Callum Evans

Age: 20

Area: Brighton

Skills Training UK programme: L1 Customer Service, L2 Basic Food and Hygiene, L2 English and Maths

Brighton young learner Callum Evans has profoundly changed his life after finding his calling in the NHS – thanks to his dedication and key support from Skills Training UK.

The 20-year-old, from Brighton, almost enrolled onto an IT course at a local college but his instincts told him to pursue his lifelong passion of cooking. He passed a catering qualification and found work in a café, but he was left unfulfilled.

Eventually, Callum was referred by his local Jobcentre Plus to Skills Training UK, where he gained a wide range of industry-leading skills and qualifications – as well as a pivotal work placement at Mill View Hospital in his home town.

Callum seized the opportunity and impressed his NHS managers to the extent that he was offered a full-time position as a Catering Assistant in the hospital café. He has further developed his skills within the NHS by joining the housekeeping team, working on the wards and talking to patients. Now he dreams of becoming a Health Care Assistant.

Callum said: “I never thought I’d end up working in the NHS but it’s been so rewarding. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Skills Training UK and I’m incredibly thankful for the skills I learned during my Traineeship and for the tutors who helped build my communication skills.

“It’s all been such a great experience, and has left me wanting to work on the frontline in the wards. It can be stressful but I know from experience how good it feels.”

Callum even won the hospital’s coveted ‘Extra Mile’ award while working on the wards.

Craig Mooney, Facilities Manager at Mill View Hospital, said: “Callum was keen and showed potential straight away. He was quickly adopted as ‘the lovely, polite new boy’.

“He has become a substantive and valued member of the team. Senior nurses have recognised his interpersonal skills and attitude towards the patients on the wards and we’re just so proud to have him.

“Callum is considering a change of career to work with the clinical health teams – we would encourage his career development and I can see nothing but a bright future for him.

“We took on a number of young learners and they were well supported by Skills Training UK, as was I, both before and during the placement. It was a very successful scheme and many of the candidates that went into nursing were offered bank work and healthcare positions with the NHS.

“I have recommended Skills Training UK to my colleagues to help with recruitment across our hospital, and I am looking forward to running the work experience placement scheme again.”

To find out more information about Skills Training UK's Apprenticeship programmes, see here.