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Project Search celebrates successful first year

"Disability not inability." Those were the words of Trust Chairman Peter Mount as he spoke at a celebration event to mark the completion of an innovative scheme. Project Search aims to provide diverse and sustainable opportunities that support young people with disabilities through skills training and potential employment.

The Trust is one of 10 NHS pilots across the country to launch the scheme. 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.

Representatives from the Trust, along with key partners Manchester College and Pure Innovations attended a celebration event where students were presented with a certificate and memento of their time here. However, for four of the seven trainees, the journey hasn't ended as they are due to start employment with us. We are still hoping to be able to find roles for the remaining three trainees.

Mr Mount said: "I am really proud of everybody and that we are associated with such a wonderful venture. Disability is not inability and we have opportunities for everyone in our organisation."

Head of Resource and Workforce Planning John Harwood paid tribute to everyone involved with the scheme including the trainees, key partners and line managers who provided jobs. 

Notes to Editors:

  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is made up of Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester and Community Services.
  • Project Search was established 14 years ago in Cincinnati and is a 12 month project that provides on the job training opportunities, leading to permanent opportunities through a series of three 10 week internships.
  • Pure Innovations provide dedicated coaches responsible for 'on the job' support to trainees, employees and managers.
  • Manchester College provides a tutor responsible for delivering classroom based learning within the hospital.
  • Sodexo provides catering, domestic services, security, car parking, estates management, and grounds and gardens maintenance for the Trust.