29 / 9 / 2015 5.04pm
City Hospitals Sunderland has partnered with Project Choice, a work-based support employment programme for people with learning disabilities. The programme is one year long, where applicants work in three different departments. The majority of learning takes place in the workplace, with one day a week at a college.
During each placement, Jenny was able to build her work skill base to include workplace etiquette, money management, cleaning, office work and taking drugs to wards. Jenny has also strengthened her life skills to include money management and travelling along.
At the end of her placement, Jenny secured a permanent position working in a pathology laboratory. Her job description includes assisting scientists with analysing patient samples. Jenny is also an ambassador for younger students and speaks about her experiences at conferences.
Jenny stated ‘I am so proud of myself to have a job – I really like working and being busy! I have had amazing times since starting my work experience and have fulfilled my ambition of getting a permanent job’.
How they do it?
• Partnership between City Sunderland Hospitals, Gateshead College, and Project Choice
• One year internship model, where applicants work in three different departments.
• The internship partnership will provide on-going support to all their young people and employer throughout their time on placement and when in a paid job.
• Interns return to an on-site classroom to assess their day and learn communication, problem solving and job skills.
• A job coach accompanies interns on each rotation ensuring they feel comfortable with their role and confident enough to be left independently.