Wednesday, June 17, 2015

News: Prince's Trust trainees gain work experience

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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 (TRFT), to offer unemployed people aged 16-25 real, practical work experience, training and vocational knowledge.

The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

The NHS Trust serves the health needs of the borough and delivers care at Rotherham Hospital, as well as community-based sites and directly in patients' homes. It employs over 4,000 staff with an annual turnover of over £215m.

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.

The trainees 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 of support, via The Prince's Trust, to help them find a job.

Claire Fretwell, head of learning and development at TRFT, said: "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."

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."

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust website
Prince's Trust website

Images: Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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