Lots of students spend their time relaxing during the extended Summer break but thanks to Locala, five local Sixth Form students each carried out successful internships with the social enterprise.
It’s the third year, Locala – which provides NHS community healthcare services in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford – has carried out their Internship Scheme in conjunction with Career Ready, working with the St. John Fisher Academy in Dewsbury and the aim of the scheme is to provide not only valuable work experience but also to raise awareness of the services Locala offers the community.
Unlike the majority of internships, Locala’s scheme isn’t just about work experience. Each student is seconded to an area of the Locala service and given their own project to manage. The five 17 year old A-Level Students: Eboney Malicdem,Megan Krolak, John Reyes, Ikra Taswar and Beverlyn Calicdan worked across corporate affairs, health visiting, adult care and in GP bases.
Chris Reeves, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs comments:
“The calibre of students we receive onto our Internship Scheme is incredible. This year I had the privilege of delivering our Goodbye session to the Interns and was left inspired by these highly motivated and talented individuals.’
Each student was paid throughout their four week Internship and were able to present the outcomes of their particular project to the Locala teams.
Emma Boyes, Youth Engagement Co-Ordinator adds:
“Every student who joins us during our Summer Intern scheme contributes greatly to the team and the objectives we are trying to achieve. We love their enthusiasm and refreshing approach to their projects and we will take their findings and implement them throughout all areas going forward. We hope our Internship inspires those who get involved and encourage others to come and join us next year.”
In 2017, Locala will hold a type of ‘speed intern’ event where candidates will be able to go around different members of the Locala team and pick their brains about their day jobs. This knowledge sharing exercise is set to be a great way to inspire candidates even further given the breadth of the services Locala offers.
John Reyes, one of the students taking part in the Locala internship had this to say:
“The reason I took an internship with Locala was because I believed it would be a good experience and would help me with my knowledge and understanding about the different roles in healthcare, in particular nursing since it’s a career path I would like to pursue. I thought the placement was really good, the patients and Locala colleagues made it even better since they were all lovely and very welcoming. I learnt a lot shadowing different health care professionals and the experience did give me a better understanding. Overall I would recommend anyone to join in with the Locala internship program. It was one of the best times of my life! ”
Andrea O’Hare from St.John Fisher said:
“We are truly indebted to Locala and the input they have had into our Career Ready scheme. Our students gain not only invaluable work experience but amazing support from the Locala team who continue to inspire the interns year after year.”
The Locala Internship scheme takes place every year throughout the summer holidays and welcomes five students studying in years 11 and 12. The program is also supported by national charity, Career Ready, who link employers with schools and colleges to prepare young people for the world of work.