Entering health and social care

There are many ways to join the health and social care workforce.
This can include as a volunteer, through work experience or work placements.

This will give you invaluable experience for any future role you might have. More information on each of these routes in to the workforce can be found below.

Work experience

Getting hands-on work experience can be invaluable in helping you to decide a future career and broaden your horizons and choices for jobs in health and social care.  Many of our local health and social care organisations run work experience schemes – please see their individual websites for more information. However,  please also visit us here again soon to see our volunteer section which will be launched soon.

If you are still in school and are keen to gain a few days of experience working in different health and social care settings then we recommend getting in touch with Bradford Council’s Xperience team, who can support you with many opportunities. 

Find out more at Bradford Skills

Supporting students during placements

Beverly Drake – OWH – Recruitment – Airedale


The Kickstart programme is designed to support young people aged between 16 to 24 year who are currently receiving Universal Credit to access a 6 month paid work placement.

  • The Kickstart roles must be new jobs that will provide young people with the experience and support that they need to help improve their chances of gaining permanent employment, including:
    1. support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
    2. support with CV and interview preparations
    3. supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.
  • The Kickstart scheme will fund national minimum wage for 25 hours per week
  • The job roles should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

There will be a number of opportunities to access work placements through the Kickstart scheme in health and social care organisations across the Bradford District – If you are a young person interested in a work placement through the Kickstart scheme you should talk to your job coach at the job centre.