74 local students take part in Lister’s second annual work experience week

Lister’s second annual work experience week has taken place, with 74 local school children taking part from across Hertfordshire.

The event, supported by Health Education East of England, involved members of Trust staff from a wide range of services, including stroke, maternity and cancer care. A number of fully supervised interactive activities and experiences were arranged, which allowed the students to get a behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of their local hospital.

Lister's work experience week

Students were greeted by the Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, at the start of the week and the programme concluded with lunch under a marquee outside Lister’s main entrance. Local Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was able to join students and the staff for the meal, where he was able to listen to their experiences.

Stephen McPartland said:

“I was delighted to be invited to come along to the Lister and meet with the students who spent the week at the hospital getting a greater understanding of what it is like to work in the NHS. Listening to them speaking about their experience was really interesting and I do hope that they will follow through with their career ambitions to become healthcare professionals.”

Reflecting on the week, the Trust’s chief people officer, Thomas Simons, said:

“The second annual work experience week has been inspiring for all involved. We know how important it is to attract young people to be proud of their local NHS and want to come and work for us. I would like to thank all of the students and schools who took part during the week. I would also like to thank our staff, whose activities have allowed the students to get a unique insight into the day-to-day management of the Lister.”

David Brewer, the Trust’s head of engagement, commented:

“Following on from our success last year with hosting 41 work experience students, this year we invited 74 students from 10 schools across Hertfordshire. We’re looking to improve our work experience offer year-on-year and we are aiming for 100 participants in 2018.”