The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) has launched WorkSTART, a web page where candidates, including young people, can find out about career and work experience programmes on offer.

The web page also allows people to network by creating links with the NCA's workforce who can support candidates into early careers in the NHS.

The NCA also works in partnership with a number of local schools and colleges including Oldham College as they look to help students make career decision and encourage them to take jobs in the NCA and wider NHS.

Donna McLaughlin, director of social value for the NCA, said: "Our mission is to support young individuals to gain paid employment, learn new skills or simply gain exposure to the world of healthcare.

"We’re committed to improving the life opportunities, inclusion, social mobility and health and wellbeing of our local population."

The web page offers visitors the chance to explore potential opportunities in work experience, volunteering, apprenticeships, pre-employment programmes and more.

Ms McLaughlin said: "Nearly 60% of our staff currently come from the communities we serve in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford and our ambition is to continue to increase this even more than by 2025.

We know there is strong evidence linking decent work with good health, and by employing local people, and committing to providing we are supporting our local economy and infrastructure.”

For more information on WorkSTART, visit