Encouraging more men to consider a career in care

New College Durham held an event for local school pupils, in the hope of overcoming the gender imbalance in early years and health care and inspire more young males to embark on a career in this sector.

Year 9 pupils from Farringdon Community Academy visited the College to participate in a Men into Care event. The interactive activities aimed to provide the pupils with an experience that would give them a taste of potential career routes.

Throughout the day, the pupils took part in fun theoretical and practical workshops, delivered by our expert Early Years and Health Care lecturers. The workshops included learning how to move and handle patients safely in the ward; communicating with different audiences, such as children and doctors; lifesaving skills; and infection control.

Helen Owen, Head of School for Early Years, Health and Care, said:

“We have had a wonderful day welcoming young men from Farringdon Community Academy to experience our ‘Men into Care’ event. The day was filled with fun and innovative activities, and highlighted the wide range of opportunities available to students after completing a course in Health and Social Care. We are committed to increasing the diversity and gender balance of the early years and care workforce and believe these kind of events are therefore extremely important.”

Clare Whittington, teacher at Farringdon Community Academy, commented:

“The day was enjoyed by everyone involved. The students came away with a keenness to explore the health sector further. We can’t thank the staff at New College Durham enough for hosting such an innovative and engaging event.”

The event took place in our on-site industry standard facility, which includes a health care ward with a viewing pane for observation, simulated patients and a nurses station.

We also host other similar events throughout the year with schools, such as women into construction which will take place this month. The College will be hosting an additional bespoke session due to a keen interest from Farringdon Community Academy, Hetton School and Bishop Barrington School.