Pupils from Horizon Community College have been given the chance to find out what it takes to build a career with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, as part of a unique event organised by work experience initiative, Made in Barnsley.
The year 9 and year 10 pupils spent the event learning about what a typical day looks like to a paramedic in the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and give the chance to climb aboard an ambulance and find out how to use some of the life-saving equipment to administer first aid.
Alongside experiencing life in the ambulance hands-on, the Horizon pupils also witnessed a special presentation by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, giving them an opportunity to compare the different types of careers available to them in the ambulance service, including Patient Transport Service Driver, Paramedic, Emergency Care Provider and Call Handler, amongst a range of other exciting roles.
Made in Barnsley was a programme designed specifically with this in mind: opening pupils’ eyes to careers they may never have considered. By teaming up with local employers and service providers, it also aims to encourage a mutually beneficial relationship to form between schools, colleges and Barnsley businesses.
As the programme enters its third year, it has already helped to equip young people with the vital skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Made in Barnsley enables students to put their finger on the pulse of developments in several professional industries, which gives them a head start in their future careers. It also benefits the local economy through encouraging young talent to blossom close to home, and enrich businesses in the area with fresh skills and knowledge.
Made in Barnsley allows young people involved in the programme to develop transferrable skills that will benefit them in a range of workplace environments. It also encourages them to consider careers in healthcare, engineering and construction, helping them to realise their potential and explore the many different occupations which are available on their doorstep.
Sharon Swift, Programme Manager, Made in Barnsley, said:
“The day pupils spent with the fantastic staff of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service was an excellent opportunity for them to learn about how valuable our healthcare services are, and consider whether they’ve got what it takes to work in first aid in the future.
“Getting them engaged in thinking about their futures through doing something proactive and a bit different allows young people to gain hands-on experience of work, and consider new career options.
“We hope that this unique opportunity has given Horizon pupils some food for thought!”