11 December 2013

The hospital’s Interim Chief Executive Karen James was joined by key partners from Tameside College, Tameside Council and Pure Innovations to launch the Supported Internship, a Government funded programme to support unemployed local people back into work.

The Supported Internship is an employment based course which gives students with learning disabilities/difficulties the opportunity to develop employability skills in a real work place surrounded by other working people.

Yvonne Hewitt, Human Resources Project Manager at Tameside Hospital, said: “This is a vitally important scheme and we are delighted to be able to launch it here at the hospital. We are one of the biggest local employers and as such, it is critical that we take a proactive and positive stance on issues that effect some of the most vulnerable sections of the long term unemployed.

“The Supported Internship is very much about taking a partnership approach and, as such, we are very pleased that we will be joined by the other key players at tomorrow’s launch event, underlining our joint commitment to ensuring this scheme is successful.”

Under the scheme, which started in September, the Trust agreed to provide placements for 10 students who each attend their placements four days a week Monday to Thursday.

Yvonne added: “Throughout the year each trainee completes three job rotations for 10 weeks working alongside colleagues and managers and supported by their job coach. All of the time spent on the course will prepare trainees for future work.

“When the trainees are ready Pure Innovations will support trainees into paid jobs with ourselves or look to identify and apply for other jobs developing an employment pathway for each person. The trainee’s progress will be monitored throughout their time with us.”