Throughout their time at Long Road, our Health and Social Care students take part in a number of work experience activities. We spoke to Tilly Dixon, a Level 3 Health and Social Care student who recently took part in a work experience placement with the East Anglia Ambulance Service.
“I decided for my final work placement needed for my course that I’d try to get into East Anglia Ambulance Service, this had been an idea of mine for a while as it’s the area of work I’d like to go into, as I would like to be a paramedic.
During the week I was able to get involved in so much, including HART training, the communication and media team, the well being hub, and working on reception, I also took entry paper tests to get an understanding of what is needed. Everything I took part in during the week was so interesting, helpful and a great experience. I’m also going to be getting in contact with someone about pathways, as I’d prefer to get into the career without university, as I learn better when completing things practically , although I appreciate it can be quite difficult.”
“Now I have done work experience at the ambulance station I have a lot more knowledge on the career and service, and it has given me further experience and opportunities which will help me to get to where I would like. I have also been offered to go back once I’m 18 to go on a ride out to get more of an experience and further understanding of what is done on the job.
Everyone I met at EEAST were so welcoming, kind and helpful and each of them have helped me gain the knowledge I have, which I cannot thank them enough for.”
Rebecca Dawson, Administrative Assistant to Chief Executive Office for the East of England Ambulance got in touch with our Careers Department to praise Tilly for all her hard work.
Rebecca said “East of England Ambulance Service Trust welcomed Tilly Dixon to our Headquarters recently for a work experience placement. During her placement, Tilly joined our Communications Team, Health & Wellbeing Team, Admin Team and was also able to experience paramedic training sessions, CPR training, entry level exam papers and a visit to an Ambulance Station as well as being shown the kit on an ambulance and washing a vehicle!
Tilly was a joy to welcome into the Trust with a respectful, professional and willing to learn attitude.”
When talking about work experience opportunities within the East of England Ambulance Service, Rebecca told us “At East of England Ambulance Service, we value having students join us on work experience to gain knowledge and insight about our emergency service and whilst there are constraints due to the age of the students, there are still lots of knowledge they can gain.
There are lots of frontline roles within the East of England Ambulance Service, such as Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician, but doesn’t have to be blue lights and sirens, careers within the service include Patient Transport Service Drivers, Ambulance Fleet Assistants, Communications roles, IT roles, Health & Wellbeing role or Administration roles as well as many others.
If you are interested regarding work experience, please contact our People & Culture department and call our HQ. Alternatively, check out our website www.eastamb.nhs.uk ”
Congratulations Tilly on your great work and for receiving such positive feedback! We hope this work experience has helped you along the right path towards your career goals!