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New work experience scheme for youngsters launched at Trafford General

Trafford trainees

Eleven new recruits were welcomed to Trafford General Hospital last week at the launch of the new Supported Traineeships scheme. The new scheme helps young people with learning disabilities to have their first taste of work, gain a nationally accredited qualification, and support them ultimately into paid employment. Several departments at Trafford have enthusiastically signed up to support the trainees include Radiology, Domestic Services, Estates and Facilities, Health Records, Pharmacy and a number of in-patient wards.

The Supported Internship scheme is a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals, Trafford Council, Trafford College and Pure Innovations. It provides an opportunity to develop employability skills in a busy workplace alongside hospital staff. In a year-long programme, trainees attend a classroom session each morning with a tutor from Trafford College which is delivered on-site at the hospital. Over the course of a year, they will undertake three ten-week, work-based learning placements across different departments supported by hospital staff and Pure Innovations.

The scheme builds on an existing programme that has operated at Central Manchester's other hospitals for the last three years, also in partnership with Pure Innovations. This has led to 16 young people gaining paid employment.

Speaking at the event Chairman of CMFT, Peter Mount said: "Disability does not mean inability. It's of great importance that we recognise our responsibility to helping this particularly vulnerable group of people not just with training but in gaining the experience they need. We can offer them that experience in a supportive setting, surrounded by caring people."

At the launch, the new recruits shared their ambitions and skills with the audience. Trainee William Phipps said: "I'm really looking forward to my first placement. I want to work in reception meeting and greeting because I like to help people."

Speeches were also given at the event by Beth Weston - Director of Trafford Hospitals, Sir Bill Moorcroft - Principal of Trafford College, and the Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Dylan Butt.

Beth Weston, Director of Trafford Hospitals, said: "I consider this training scheme to be an excellent initiative in helping young people with learning disabilities to gain an insight into the workplace and have the appropriate support in place to help them develop and succeed."

Notes to Editors

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been delivering a Supported Internship Programme in Manchester since 2010 and has a strong track record of inspiring and supporting local young people into opportunities and careers in the NHS.

The Supported Internship programme has a dedicated website at www.traineeships.cmft.nhs.uk and has won several regional awards.  It is currently a finalist in the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development Awards (CIPD) National People Management Awards in the Diversity category - see http://www.cipdpmas.co.uk/shortlist-2013 for more details.