Stepping into the NHS – supportive pre-apprenticeship programme for 16 – 25 year old young people

The programme, supported by Positive Steps, Northern Care Alliance and Oldham Council is designed for unemployed 16 to 25-year old young people, resident in Oldham,  who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare within the NHS but face significant barriers and need support to take on such a role.




The programme provides intensive support and real workplace experience, with the possibility of progression into a full apprenticeship within the Northern Care Alliance, i.e. at the local hospital. There are two vocational routes, customer service or Healthcare Support worker/Assistant.

  • You will be supported through all stages by a mentor who will work with you 1:1 and in groups to identify your barriers and help you to overcome them, ensuring that  you are work ready. This will be carried out virtually and face to face.
  • You will gain AQA qualifications and take part in weekly sessions held in the education centre at the hospital for 6 weeks where you will complete units towards a care certificate
  • You will also complete a placement of one week at the hospital – this could be in a range of areas; recent participants have worked in the vaccination hub and the current cohort placements include the maternity ward, the laboratory, health records and on hospital wards.
  • You will undertake functional skills at Oldham College if needed.

The first cohort which started October 2020 has been a great  success, with 3 young people securing employment within the health records department.

There are 350 jobs within the NHS – this programme could be your starting point.

If you are interested or would like to refer yourself or a young person, contact me to book an appointment for an informal chat; 

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Tel: 0161 621 9310

Mobile: 07780 315858

Thank you for reading and I'm looking forward to working with you 

Cynthia Greaves / Transition Mentor 

Positive Steps 






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