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Hospital work experience scheme ‘Highly Commended’

Staff and students from the Supported Traineeships programme are celebrating an excellent start to the new academic year after achieving a 'Highly Commended' award at the National People Management Awards. The recognition comes as the programme starts its fourth year at Central Manchester Hospitals and also launches at Trafford General.

The People Management Awards, held by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and development. The Supported Traineeships scheme, which supports young people with learning disabilities into paid work, received the award in the category of 'Diversity' at the London ceremony.

The scheme is a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals, The Manchester College, Trafford College and Pure Innovations. Trainees attend daily classroom session delivered at the hospital where their training is based. They undertake three ten-week, learning placements over the course of a year, working across different departments supported by hospital staff and Pure Innovations. The trainees join the programme from local and specialist colleges or are NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training).

Twenty new recruits started work this September and will take up placements in roles such as admin, reception, catering and cleaning across departments of both Central Manchester and Trafford Hospitals.

To find out more about the programme, visit: traineeships.cmft.nhs.uk/