St George's, University of London has won an award for its work helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find work experience.

At the first Widening Participation in Health Awards, run by Health Education England, St George's won the Work Exposure Award, which recognises programmes that prepare people for the world of work. 

St George's, University of London was praised for its Healthcare Shadowing Scheme. This is a collaborative project in partnership with St George's Hospital.

The scheme provides disadvantaged Year 12 students from the local area with a clinical work experience placement.

Many go on to apply to study healthcare sciences subjects at university.

"With a quarter of our participants in the last two years subsequently applying to study here, and over a dozen in receipt of an offer, we hope to welcome more young people who have enjoyed work experience with us to St George’s this coming September," said Helen White, Head of Widening Participation.

St George's runs several activity programmes for young people, including Taste of Medicine events, pictured above.