Local students find out about becoming a 'Future Hero'

Local students find out about becoming a 'Future Hero'

Finding the next generation of health and social care heroes – that was the focus of an interactive and thought-provoking careers event for Hertfordshire pupils on Wednesday 7 March.

Nearly 600 secondary school students attended the ‘Future Heroes’ Health and Social Care Careers Expo at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield, including pupils from Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School, Onslow St Audrey’s School (Hatfield) and Mount Grace School (Potters Bar).

Students met over 70 professionals, including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, social workers and radiologists, to get a first-hand insight into the huge range of career opportunities on offer.

As well as hands-on activities and workshops, students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience of living with either dementia or autism.

Shannon (Mount Grace School) said: “I found it really interesting and it has helped to think about different careers in health and social care.

Katie (Mount Grace School) said: “The dementia bus was really good. It was a brilliant way to show what it’s really like to have dementia when your sense of reality is so different.”

Louise (Bishop’s Hatfield) said: “The event has really broadened my perspective. It’s good to know you don’t have to rush into going down the university route, as there are different options available.”

Hannah (Bishop’s Hatfield) said: “I am thinking about becoming a Paramedic, so it was great to find out more about it. It was good to hear about the different routes into the careers such as the new apprenticeship scheme.”

Sheilagh Reavey, Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “When people think about careers in health and social care, they’re probably not aware of the huge variety of jobs on offer.

“Whatever your interests, skills or qualifications, there is a job to suit you. We’ve a real shortage of health and social care professionals in Hertfordshire, so we really want to encourage the next generation to explore the opportunities available.”

To find out more about working in health or social care in Hertfordshire, visit www.futureheroes.org.uk