Choose to care: an engaging, drama-based presentation to inspire young people to consider a career in health and social care.
Since 2012, we have been supporting Health Education England by delivering drama-based performances focused on inspiring young people to consider a career in health and social care. The aim is to challenge stereotypes and give students a much more rounded view of the variety of jobs available so they can decide for themselves whether there’s a career in care that’s right for them.
Our multi-media performances blend interactive, digital characters (animated and film), video content, images and scenery, all woven together by a team of actors delivering a vibrant performance. Students are taken on a memorable journey that explores the career opportunities offered by health and social care. The content itself is revisited annually and tailored to meet the recruitment needs of the care workforce.
Our performance helps inspire learners to:
- Recognise that health and social care is more diverse than they knew;
- Appreciate the variety of fulfilling and rewarding roles, not just for highly qualified specialists;
- Realise a job in health and social care offers training and career progression;
- Understand that a career within health and social care is fulfilling and rewarding;
- Discover that working in health and social care is exciting, with a great social aspect;
- Know that the Careers Advisers and Tutors can help, support and advise; and
- Take positive action to discover more and explore the resources available.
Lasting 30 minutes, our performance, written for students in Years 7-12, is a simulation of a healthcare environment populated by a range of characters. The central character has no real idea of the impact that health and social care could have on their future, both physically and career wise, only to discover that there are over 350 different career prospects forming one remarkable, coherent service.
The performance is pitch perfect, language and cultural reference appropriate, and in tune with the target audience. For school tours, it can be performed in up to two schools per day or in a central venue/ location for audiences of up to 250 students (back to back performances can be offered to larger year groups).
Building on the messages of the performance, we recommend that when people leave they are signposted to support mechanisms including their Careers Adviser, relevant websites and other useful resources. Also, because parents and carers have the biggest influence on the career choices of young people, we also offer performances which they can attend to learn all about careers in health and social care and support their children.
Our highly experienced project coordinators will ensure tour bookings are maximised and smoothly executed by coordinating the direct communication with schools and colleges through a range of different methods.
Learning Into Action
To evaluate impact, after all our performances we hand out questionnaires to a sample of students and all teachers and other professionals attending the performance.
Results from students include:
- 98% of students thought the presentation was informative
- 96% thought it was enjoyable
- 88% had a better understanding of the wide variety of roles in health and social care
- 76% of students said the presentation increased their interest in a career in health and social care
- 90% would recommend the presentation for other students
Results from teachers include:
- 100% of teachers thought the presentation was enjoyable
- 99% thought it was informative
- 99% thought it was useful as part of the careers curriculum
- 98% thought it was pitched at the right level
- 98% would recommend the presentation for other students
If you want to inspire students to consider a career in health and social care, or if you simply have a question you’d like to ask us, just hit the button to contact us or call +44 (0)1484 310234.
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