Seven unemployed young people from Rotherham have gained hands-on experience of working in the NHS as part of a unique training programme.
The programme was arranged by charity The Prince's Trust and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, to offer unemployed people aged 16-25 real, practical work experience, training and vocational knowledge.
The trainees took part in a six week course, beginning in April, from which they recently ‘graduated’. The end of the programme was marked by a celebration event attended by the Trust’s Chief Executive, Louise Barnett, Mike Curtis, Director Health Education England (HEE) Yorkshire and South Humber, Michael Holgate, HEE Programme Manager and others involved in the organising the programme who all came along to congratulate the young trainees.
The celebration event also gave the young individuals an opportunity to share their experiences and express thanks to those who supported them during their time at the Trust. The trainees expressed their gratitude at being given the opportunity to work inside a busy hospital and commented that they appreciated how the experience will benefit them for future employment.
Claire Fretwell, Head of Learning and Development at TRFT, opened the event by saying: “As a Trust we want to support the people of Rotherham who are not in either employment or any form of education or training, to get into work or to take up a development opportunity. I’m pleased that we have been able to help people in the local community to realise their potential by joining forces with organisations such as The Princes Trust.”
Over the six week programme the young people demonstrated their ability to learn new skills and work as part of a team. They gained practical work experience alongside hospital domestics, porters and admin teams. In addition they received mandatory Trust training in areas such as Information Governance, Infection Prevention and Control, Conflict Resolution, Manual Handling and in working with people with Dementia. They were given the opportunity to improve their teamwork and communication skills, boost their confidence, build their interview skills and gain experience to share on their CV. Following the training, the individuals will receive a further six months’ support, via The Princes Trust, to help them find a job.
Donna Jones, Head of Facilities Services at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, was responsible for organising the opportunity for the Prince’s Trust trainees to work alongside hospital facilities staff, who provided daily support and supervision, she said: “We were very happy to be able to lend our support to this fabulous charity by providing work placements.
“Those who have been part of our Trust and worked alongside our teams for the last six weeks have shown enthusiasm, maturity and an eagerness to learn new skills. I hope what they have learnt will help them in their future careers.”
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