When Daniel heard about the NHS Traineeship he had been working as a Kitchen Porter. Daniel was interested in a career in Music or Science and when he saw the advert in Career Connect he applied immediately.
Daniel attended an information session at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in March 2017 and was offered a place on the programme. In April 2017 Daniel commenced five weeks of employability training delivered by Wirral MET College which included input from Liverpool Clinical teams and the Royal Learning & Development team. Daniel had to provide identification documents, attend an Occupational Health check and he was given a mock interview by the employer. Daniel was offered a Liverpool Clinical Laboratories placement and completed an eight-week placement across various departments. At the end of the placement Daniel attended a celebration event where he was presented with certificates achieved on the course. In September 2017 Daniel was offered a full time LCL Bank Staff opportunity. Daniel had to complete the NHS application process and submit references covering 3 years using training and experiences gained throughout the training programme and placement. Since October 2017 Daniel has been working on the Hospital’s NHS Medical Laboratory Bank in Specimen Reception, Clinical Chemistry, Virology and most recently Immunology.
Daniel says ‘Since starting the course that led onto the Bank work, I have not looked back. I work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm every week. In the near future I will apply for a permanent full time (Medical Microbiology or Virology) Medical Laboratory Assistant position. Working on a substantive contract, I will be able to apply for an internal Apprenticeship which will enable me to work four-days per week and study for one.’
I would like to thank Dave Eccleston and the team at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, Wirral MET College and Liverpool in Work who have helped me to work in my dream job!