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Welsh Ambulance Service recruitment and awareness day hailed as a huge success

MORE than 200 people turned out for a recruitment and awareness event to find out more about working for the Welsh Ambulance Service.

There was a large turnout from the local community, as well as people from further afield in Wales and England, at the event which was held at the Culture and Media Centre in Loudoun Square, Butetown, Cardiff on Friday 27 January.

Those attending had the chance to learn about what the Welsh Ambulance Service does and the varied career opportunities on offer.

The drop-in session was the first of its kind held by the Trust and was specifically targeted at black, minority, and ethnic communities.

Bob Tooby, Head of Operations for the Cardiff and Vale Health Board area, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see so many people there, including those who took days off and went out of their way to be there.

“Our venue in the heart of Butetown was an intentional move to encourage as many local attendees as possible with an emphasis on minority communities, who often are not aware of the jobs available or the wider range of our activities.

“It’s very important to us that we support our patient facing service with pro-active engagement amongst all of our communities.”

Staff from across the broad range of service areas within the Trust were on hand on the day to explain their roles and advise on career pathways.

Following its success, there are now plans to hold a similar event in the summer.

Claire Vaughan, the Trust’s Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “This event was an excellent opportunity for people to learn about the wide variety of roles carried out right across the Trust.

“We were absolutely delighted to see the high level of interest and enthusiasm from all of those who attended on the day.

“We hope that many will go on to pursue their interest in starting a career with us and become part of our hardworking team, who aim to provide the highest possible standards of clinical care for the people of Wales. ”

You can search and apply for jobs with the Welsh Ambulance Service by visiting http://jobs.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk/

You can also keep abreast of news and updates by following the Trust on Twitter @WelshAmbulance or by liking its Facebook page, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Editor’s notes

Picture captions: There was a large turnout at the Welsh Ambulance Service’s recruitment and awareness day in Butetown, Cardiff.