A new local NHS recruitment campaign launches online today and will be ongoing into 2022. There are many hundreds of local jobs identified, and NHS recruiters are committing to using local support pathways so let’s make this work!
The ‘I Can’ ‘campaign is a supportive pathway focussed on:
1) Promoting the range of careers in the NHS and encouraging local people to apply through offering local support
2) Reducing the needless barriers to local people being recruited e.g. reducing the qualifications requirements to the minimum
3) Providing help at every step of the recruitment process, including in-work support
Birmingham and Solihull Councils are involved in the delivery partnership.
There is community-based support for applicants, and initially the focus is on East Birmingham and North Solihull, though there are jobs available across Birmingham and Solihull and all unemployed residents who are interested will be supported.
In Birmingham, support for local people is delivered by local organisations as part of the East Birmingham Community Anchor Network (EBCAN), led by The Pioneer Group.
This is all linked to the wider West Midlands Combined Authority Health & Social Care sector promotion too.
NHS Trusts would very much welcome our support in promoting I CAN through all communication channels.
Full public information about the programme and support is available on the dedicated web pages www.bsolpeople.nhs.uk/ican
There are also telephone numbers on the webpages for residents to use if they need assistance with the application form:
If you live in Solihull ring – 0121 704 6869
If you live in Birmingham ring – 0121 748 8100
To be eligible to join the programme, residents must be officially unemployed (also not in education) and live within Birmingham and Solihull.
Following initial local support to suit needs, NHS training routes are 2 – 6 weeks long for a huge variety of roles including porters, kitchen staff, Healthcare Assistants and administration roles.
The current pay-scale for these roles is £18,546 – £19,918 for a full-time role (part time / shift work roles are available).
Working for the NHS also has additional benefits, including:
- access to the generous NHS pension scheme
- access to the health service discounts
- 27 days paid annual leave, plus bank holidays
- paid sick leave
- opportunities for promotion/progression
In order to help promote this new programme, the following items are available;
- Dedicated web pages – www.bsolpeople.nhs.uk/ican
- Social media toolkit – attached
- Posters – artwork attached
- Leaflets – artwork attached*
- Pop-up banner – artwork attached*
- Branded merchandise; lip balms, hand sanitiser, pens*
*supplies of these items can be delivered on request
If you or your team support unemployed residents and you can’t find the information you need on the project web pages, please contact Thomas.Goss@pioneergroup.org.uk