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CMFT supports employees of the future

Project SearchOur Trust has recently held a celebration event to recognise the achievements of young people with learning disabilities who have been taking part in a training and employment programme to gain skills and a paid, permanent job.

Project Search is a 12 month project that provides on the job training opportunities, leading to permanent opportunities through a series of three 10 week internships. The trainees are based full time on an employer's site and supported by a number of partnership organisations working together to deliver this collaborative initiative.

Last year our partnership working with The Manchester College and Pure Innovations helped six young people find permanent jobs and successfully complete their City and Guilds Certificate in Personal Progression through Employment. Our challenge is to repeat the same success with our new cohort of trainees and to share our experiences to encourage other employers to develop similar programmes.

Representatives from the Trust, along with key partners Manchester College and Pure Innovations attended the event where this year's students were presented with a certificate and memento of their time here. However, for several of the eight trainees, the journey hasn't ended as they are due to start employment with us with others currently undergoing working interviews.

John Harwood, Head of Resourcing said: "I am extremely proud of all the young trainees who have worked so hard in their time here. I am delighted that our Trust is associated with such a wonderful venture and would like to thank both our staff and those working in Sodexo who have supported this project.

Acting Directorate Manager in RMCH, Phil Taylor said: "One of the real benefits is that families and children feel inspired by seeing students with disabilities working in the hospital which motivates young people that there are employment opportunities for them."