Students at the largest secondary school in Gwynedd have been receiving support and interview tips to prepare them for future employment in the NHS.
As part of a Careers Wales event, Interim Matron for Recruitment and Retention, Sandra Robinson-Clark and HR Assistant Rebeka Adcock have been visiting Ysgol Friars in Bangor to speak to students about what the NHS has to offer.
Students have been offered advice on what careers are available within the NHS as well as being provided with mock interviews for future jobs.
Sandra said: “This has been a great opportunity to engage with the students and encourage them to consider a career in the NHS.
“We’ve had great feedback from those who have come to see us and it’s been a pleasure to do some mock interviews and provide them with instant feedback so they can take on board what they could improve on when they apply for courses or jobs.
“It was lovely to see so many of them taking an interest in healthcare roles and we hope some of them will be applying for jobs with us at the health board in the near future!”
Lee Capper, 15, was one of the pupils who came to speak to Sandra and Rebekah during one of the events.
He said: “I found it really useful to speak to two members of staff from the local hospital and get some more information on what jobs there are in the NHS.
“My mum works at Ysbyty Gwynedd so I do have an understanding of her role but it was good to have the opportunity to do a mock interview and get some tips to take with me when I have an interview in the future.”
Tia Carter, 15, from Bangor was looking for more information on how to move into a career within the social care sector.
She said: “I want to help people and I’m interested in a nursing or care role in North Wales so it was great to hear about the nursing opportunities available with the health board.”
Neil Worthington, Assistant Headteacher at Ysgol Friars says the events have been a success and a huge benefit to the students who attended.
He said: “With the help and support of organisations such as Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board we have been able to successfully run our mock interview programme for 2023. This has enabled groups of learners in Years 10-13 to gain confidence and reflect on their performance with constructive feedback given in order to help them improve their interview skills.
“The mock interviews have also helped those learners involved to reduce their stress and anxiety about the interview process itself. Many thanks again to the health board for their ongoing support.”
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