Laura
Current job:
Apprenticeship
Course undertaken:
What did you find useful about the course?
Attending the course gave me a lot of knowledge about the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and my work placement was very useful. I also learned a lot about how to write great supporting information on my application form. I am on an apprenticeship in Facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I am also studying for my NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.
What advice would you give to current students?
Always have confidence that you can succeed and keep a positive frame of mind at all times. Keep pushing yourself to do better all the time.
Cherell
Current job:
Housekeeper
Course undertaken:
What did you find useful about the course?
My tutor, Michelle, was the most useful source of information. She really took her time to help me complete my supporting information. The help I received with interview preparation was excellent. I was still nervous at interview but I made it successfully through.
What advice would you give to current students?
This is an opportunity that you should take so listen, learn and go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Boe
Current job:
Medical Engineering
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
None
What did you find useful about the course?
I learned valuable interview skills, such as how to answer questions with examples and the importance of speaking clearly. I had never had an interview before so I really needed the knowledge. This helped me get onto my first apprenticeship on the New Hospital Project. When that finished, after two years, I went onto another apprenticeship in Medical Engineering. I have just now begun a Band 5 role at Medical Engineering and I am also completing my foundation degree in Medical Equipment
What advice would you give to current students?
Just persevere. On my first day I wondered if this was going to work but I learned that it is important to push yourself and never give in if you have had a bad day. Take advantage of all opportunities when they come along.
Mel
Current job:
NET Cancer Secretary & Clinical Nurse Assistant
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
Self Employed as a Nail Technician
What did you find useful about the course?
I found every aspect of the courses available at the learning hub useful and very helpful. I had planned to never go back into learning because of my severe dyslexia and because of my age, but this free and great opportunity came up that I thought I would give it a go. I learnt how to become better at interviews, how to understand and demonstrate to others my transferable and personal skills. All this equipped me to become more confident with myself and it most certainly enhanced me to become more employable by the NHS. A job was offered to me a month after I completed a month's voluntary service as a Cancer Secretary and Cancer Assistant in Clinics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I count this opportunity as a BIG BLESSING! This has helped brighten my future and it has taught me not to give up or limit myself. I can not thank the Learning Hub staff enough for accepting me on all the courses. I want to give a special thank you especially to Graham, a remarkable tutor who has invested in me, he was very patient with me and has continued to show me his support.
What advice would you give to current students?
I would tell them, the courses are FREE! Perservere and continue to invest in yourself and you will see new attributes appear from within, that you did not know were there. The Tutors also will support you on your journey, so you are never alone.
Eileen
Current job:
Trainee Administrator
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
Voluntary Admin Work
What did you find useful about the course?
The Activate course focused on recognising and enhancing my individual skills base and supported me in reflecting this in a way that ensured the quality of my job applications, letter writing and interview skills. This resulted in me being short listed, but also equipped me with a renewed confidence all round.
What advice would you give to current students?
The 2 weeks programme is brief, but it will equip you for the rest of your professional career, enabling you to handle new challenges with a positive attitude. Make the most of it and share your experiences.
Wayne
Current job:
Two Weeks Wait Co-ordinator
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
Self employed in the building trade and admin
What did you find useful about the course?
The training I received restored my confidence and self-esteem. It was all a tremendous benefit to me and it greatly helped in getting back to work again after a three-year period of unemployment.
What advice would you give to current students?
Take this opportunity and grasp it with both hands. It can provide a tremendous platform for a career in the NHS.
James Adams
Current job:
Health Care Records Clerk
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
University of Birmingham
What did you find useful about the course?
I found the course helped me get an understanding of the Trust and NHS in general and also the preparation and feedback through mock interviews. I also thoroughly enjoyed my work placement, giving me a great opportunity and insight into working life in the NHS.
What advice would you give to current students?
I would ask them to take on board everything the tutors have to say and offer to you. You also need to show enthusiasm and be open to ideas because the more effort you put in, the greater the reward at the end.
Geraldine Cullen
Current job:
Front of House Receptionist
Course undertaken:
Previous employer:
Royal Mail
What did you find useful about the course?
I found the course extremely useful and the Learning Hub gave me the encouragement, advice & support I was greatly in need of. In particular I found the Mock interviews really helpful in preparation for the real thing and getting me into employment.
What advice would you give to current students?
I would tell them to listen to what tutors have to offer, to have faith in them and to give 100% dedication everyday and you will get there in the end.