LIVERPOOL Clinical Laboratories (LCL) welcomed their first traineeship students this week in a bid to get young people in Merseyside interested in careers in healthcare science. The 13 week course delivered in partnership with Wirral Met College, combines classroom based learning and on the job training, with the aim of enhancing students CV’s and furthering their career options after finishing school or college. Matthew McKeon aged 17, from Wirral said: “A careers advisor told me about the traineeships and I thought it sounded good because A-Levels weren’t really for me. It’s difficult to get a job straight out of school especially when you’re not sure what you want to do so I’m looking forward to trying something new and I hope to get a job at the end of the programme.” During their time with LCL, students will be taught how to receive and check blood and tissue samples and perform laboratory reception duties, giving them the skills and experience which could help them go on to apply for a job as a Laboratory Assistant. Dave Eccleston, Head of Modernising Scientific Careers at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories said: “This course is an opportunity to not only show young people the range of rewarding and valued careers in the NHS, but to give them skills and experience to make their CV stand out from the crowd. By offering a high quality work experience placement at the end of the training, students boost their chances of getting paid employment and improve their career prospects, whether that’s with us or with other NHS organisations. “On completing the course students will be given an opportunity to interview for available positions, join Liverpool Clinical Laboratories staff bank or, in the future, be supported to complete an apprenticeship”. Details of the third cohort of traineeships will be announced March 2017. The traineeships are open to anyone aged 16-24 interested in starting a career in the NHS. To register an interest or to find out more, email: email@example.com.