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Saturday 24 August 2019
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Sector based work celebration
Three of this year's graduates are pictured with members of the widening participation team Gareth Ogden, Val Whitehead and Allison Reader

Helping the unemployed get back into work

A work experience programme at Salford Royal helping unemployed people get back into work has seen another successful cohort graduate from the scheme.

The sector-based work academy - in partnership with Salford City College and Job Centre Plus - combines four weeks of classroom-based learning to achieve a level one diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care, followed by a 10 week clinical placement at Salford Royal.

The participants continue to receive benefits throughout the duration of the programme, which has been running for over five years.

Allison Reader, Widening Participation Lead for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), said: “The enthusiasm, hard work and focus the learners put in means they quickly become valued members of the teams they are working in.”

The current 2019 cohort completed placements in various wards and departments including ward C2, pathology, ward L4, Emergency Assessment Unit, ward L3, neuro theatres and the Heart Care Unit.

Over the past three years the programme has helped 45 people get into paid employment within the Northern Care Alliance.

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Sector based work graduates 2019
David Martin, Mikole Adamou and Joe Ashton have all graduated this year

Raj Jain, Chief Executive of the NCA, attended the event to hand out certificates to the graduates. He said: “It’s great to see your energy, passion and commitment to make a difference.

“We can sometimes forget that some people have different opportunities and challenges in life but at the Northern Care Alliance we are a family, we look out for one another. Having that supportive environment means we are all able to do our job to the best of our ability and I’d like to thank those teams who have welcomed placements into their ward or department.

“Thank you to all the learners and our partners for helping to make this very important programme possible.”

Joseph Ashton graduated from the scheme and is one of the learners who now has a permanent role as a clinical support worker on ward C2. He said the programme has boosted his confidence.

He added: “The first day on the ward was very hard but after that, I really enjoyed it. A challenge for me was that a lot of the patients can’t communicate but I learnt to be myself and communicate with them like I would any other patient.

“I get lots of support from everyone on the ward and I feel I still have a lot to learn.”

Recruitment for the next cohort starts at the end of August via Jobcentre Plus.