An Ambassador is an experienced healthcare or social care worker who is willing to inspire and encourage young people to consider a career and educational opportunities in healthcare.
- Ambassadors show young people exciting futures.
- Ambassadors volunteer to speak about their roles or participate in careers events and activities.
- Ambassadors help attract and ensure the future healthcare workforce by getting young people interested in their job, profession or sector which supports the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future.
- Ambassadors help young people make informed choices about the range of job roles within health and/or social care.
- Ambassadors help dispel myths about jobs and professions, and importantly, ensure that young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it.
- CARE4Notts will facilitate the opportunity for young people to meet a wide range of role models doing interesting, exciting jobs to inspire and motivate them.
Become an ambassador
Ambassadors are employees who work in a variety of roles, both clinical and non-clinical, who visit schools, colleges and local communities to engage with young people and those traditionally furthest away from the labour market.
Ambassadors can support health and social care by highlighting the range of careers available, including those not traditionally well-known roles, and help to promote working on care to applicants who may not have previously thought about the NHS or social care as a potential career choice.
Aims of the Ambassadors
- To develop young people’s interest in care related careers, particularly those who may not be aware of the variety of roles available.
- To promote the care sector as a career choice for young people and those furthest from the labour market.
- To provide young people, who may otherwise not have had access, knowledge of, or experience of work, the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare or social care and gain experience of them.
- To support the raising of standards and young people’s attainment and to encourage young people to aspire to reach their full potential.
- To ensure that the future workforce is aware of a wide variety of careers available in health and social care and to ensure the future workforce is representative of the community it serves.
- To develop the skills and knowledge of Ambassadors to improve their confidence and public speaking capabilities.
Key responsibilities of Ambassadors
- To raise the profile and status of a variety of care roles and to promote a positive image.
- Provide a first-hand, current picture of what it is like to work in care, to people who may be considering a career in the NHS or social care and to help others with career or employment advice or support.
- To provide information in a non-biased way, promoting relevant resources as appropriate and help change dated or negative perceptions of care roles.
- To participate for a minimum of one hour per year, feedback following events and attend Ambassador Network Group training and meetings to share experiences and update knowledge.
As an Ambassador you should:
- Have passion, enthusiasm and practical experience within your speciality
- Be willing to give your time and travel within your local area
- Have a proactive approach to maintaining your skills and knowledge
- Have good communication skills and confidence in speaking to others
- Be non-judgemental, tolerant and treat people with dignity and respect.
As an Ambassador you will commit to:
- Behaving in a manner that represents your organisation and the sector in the best possible light
- Being punctual and giving adequate notice if unable to attend any agreed activities.
- Refraining from any conduct or wrong-doing which may bring the profession into disrepute, or behaving in a manner which would lead any reasonable person to question your suitability to be an Ambassador
In doing this you will be expected to:
- Use appropriate and acceptable verbal and non-verbal language
- Respect the rights, religious or similar beliefs and cultural differences of individuals and uphold equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices
- Always ensure a teacher/tutor is present during activities to ensure safeguarding and health & safety
- Follow your organisations policies and procedures and also the policies and procedures of the organisation you are visiting.
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