New work experience scheme for youngsters launched at Trafford General
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
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
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.