Spotlight on AACE’s Anti-Racism promises: December 2023




The Prince’s Trust and NHS ambulance services

As part of AACE’s regular spotlight on anti-racism, this month we share the work of The Prince’s Trust which over the past four years has focused on several innovative ways to recruit young people to the health and social care workforce – particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Prince’s Trust has worked in partnership with NHS and social care providers to support over 13,500 young people to learn more about the sector, with over 5,200 achieving job offers in health and social care and over 4,200 sustaining their job for more than three months.

Of these young people:

  • 46% are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, which is approaching double the rate of both the adult social care workforce and NHS workforce.
  • 65% of programme participants are under the age of 25, versus 6% in the NHS workforce and 8% in adult social care.
  • 57% are from Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) area 1-3 (the most deprived in the country).
  • 31% of the young people reported having a disability.

Case study

Tania Makwana left home at seventeen and found herself homeless. In 2018, following years of personal challenges, she moved to a women’s refuge with her two children. With support from The Prince’s Trust, she’s now thriving and working for the London Ambulance Service.  Watch Tania’s story here.

A presentation about the work of The Prince’s Trust and NHS ambulance services was shared at a recent National Ambulance Diversity and Inclusion Forum (NADIF) event and can be accessed here. 

NADIF Prince’s Trust presentation

For more information about The Prince’s Trust please visit their Confidence, Courses, Careers page here. 

We’ll continue to post our Spotlight updates every other month in our website’s News section and via Twitter at @AACE_Org.

You can find more information about our anti-racism promises, along with messages from all of our Ambulance Trust CEOs on our Stamping Out Racism page.

You can view all of our previous Spotlight on Anti-Racism features here.