Services for Young People Services for Young People Hertfordshire

NHS Cadets

An exciting volunteering programme for young people run by Services for Young People in partnership with NHS England, NHS Improvement and St John Ambulance

NHS Cadets

NHS Cadets is a new scheme designed in partnership with the NHS, which provides 14-16-year-olds from under-represented communities with opportunities to explore voluntary work and careers with the NHS.

The NHS Cadets programme offers young people volunteering opportunities in the NHS, including vital hands-on work experience in many healthcare settings. Young people also have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, gain certificates, develop confidence and improve their CV and employability skills. 

The NHS is one of the biggest employers in the world. In addition to doctors and nurses, it employs accountants, cleaners, cooks, administrative staff, gardeners, electricians, builders, researchers, business managers etc. So whatever a young person's career interests, there is a wide range of opportunities within the NHS to explore.

Who is it for?

The initiative is seeking young people who identify as being from marginalised backgrounds, young people not in employment, education or training, or at risk of becoming so, and others who might not have previously considered a career in the NHS.  

When is it happening?

The pilot scheme launches in September 2020 and sessions involving a mix of activities and training take place once a week in the evening during school term time through to July 2021. Cadets will complete a portfolio across the year to evidence their training.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS Cadets is currently running virtually to adhere to government guidelines on social distancing. As soon as practicable, the training provided will be delivered face-to-face at venues across Hertfordshire.

Want to get involved?

If you'd like to find out more about the programme, refer a young person or sign up, please contact:

Too old for NHS Cadets? You may be interested in our Empathy Project.