16 / 6 / 2015 8.10am
Partnership with Tameside General Hospital, Tameside Council, Tameside College and MITIE
'As part of the supported employment programme, each individual completes three, ten week rotations where they can be placed in different teams to discover which roles they are best suited for.'
Pure Innovations has partnered with Tameside General Hospital, Tameside Council, and Tameside College to offer a supported employment programme for people with learning disabilities. As part of the programme, each individual completes three, ten week rotations where they can be placed in different teams to discover which roles they are best suited for.
In September 2013, Kyle joined Supported Employment Programme. Kyle was placed with MITIE. MITIE provide the contract for cleaning and portering for Tameside General Hospital. During his first placement, Kyle showed good judgement, initiative, and the ability to follow instructions, work well as part of a team, and follow safe working practices when working independently. During his second placement, MITIE were so impressed with his abilities and attitude to work, they helped develop Kyle’s skills. With some additional teaching, Kyle was able to complete the training required for the porter role.
In his role as a porter, Kyle transfers food from the kitchens with colleagues to the wards throughout the hospital. Kyle collects waste from around the hospital, ensuring different types of waste is transported correctly and disposed of safely. This level of responsibility means that Kyle is aware of the importance of adhering to health and safety policies. Throughout his role, Kyle has gained confidence and is now comfortable interacting with colleagues and patients whilst maintaining a high standard of customer service. The MITIE Portering Team has enjoyed seeing Kyle grow as a person and witness the effect that a real job placement with real outcomes can have.
MITIE offered Kyle paid work which started before the supported internship programme ended. At the end of the programme Kyle has continued in paid employment with MITIE.
How we did it
- Partnership with Tameside General Hospital, Tameside Council, Tameside College and Pure Innovations offer a supported employment model.
- The supported employment model offered extra support to Kyle to identify his strengths to find him an appropriate placement with MITIE.
- The team helped Kyle with the porter role, to ensure he would continue building on his existing skills.
- A job coach accompanied Kyle on each rotation ensuring he felt comfortable with his role and confident enough to be left independently.
- The team helped develop Kyle’s confidence around staff and patients.