Party Vibes As Stockport Internship Celebrates in Style

Posted on the 28th June 2019

Paid jobs, supported apprenticeships, volunteer roles and friends for life: what fab successes for our Stockport Supported Internship! Little wonder there was such a party atmosphere at our end of year celebrations.

They interns shone from the outset, even forming a welcoming committee to guide guests to the venue entrance at our host employer site, Stepping Hill Hospital.

And how is this for confidence? Interns Damien and Nathan even co-presented the event alongside Pure Senior Employment Officer Caroline Morgan.

Film and Fun

A film made by Cheadle and Marple College tutor Jen Beresford gave us a fun and informative peek at life out on placements including canteen work, portering and more. We also learned that intern Emily loves to boogie!

Many  interns then demonstrated their new self assurance, taking to the lectern to make their own speeches. Alex, who had a  grounds maintenance placement told us about his course highlight: driving the ride-on mower!

Intern Alex outdie Stepping Hill Hospital with his mentor

A thumbs up from Alex for his mentor Head Gardener Peter Elliott.

Jobs and Apprenticeships

Stephen is one of several interns whose work placement transformed into a  job. He is now a paid member of the hospital portering team.

Damien and Thomas have also secured paid jobs – both with Life Leisure, another fabulous supportive employer. Damien has a cleaning role and Thomas an admin role at Head Office.

Jordan in moving on to a Supported Apprenticeship focussed on catering. His mentor Chef Stephen Mortimer knows this is a great move. He first got into catering back in 1977 – also on an apprenticeship which he describes as “the best training of my life.”

Hospital managers were also very impressed with Nathan and he will be starting an NHS Supported Apprenticeship in IT .

Kind Hearts and Confidence

A theme that ran through so many of the interns’ speeches was the new confidence they feel.  They thanked not only staff and mentors but each other for providing support when  needed and for being good friends.

There was a lot of regret that the internship year was over but several interns including Carl are not  letting that keep them away. They have registered as volunteers at the hospital  as they want to give something back to the Trust!

Our Partners and Very Supportive Friends

Our valued partners in the  Stockport Supported Internship are Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Cheadle and Marple College Network. We send our warm thanks to them.

Caroline Morgan also gave special mention to Lee, brother of intern Carl, for the fabulous support he has given to the programme. This has included providing the internship with a coffee machine, cash to provide all the interns with a treat and the fabulous celebration cake you see in the gallery above. Thank you Lee!

All the interns have also successfully completed their Level 1 qualification in Work Skills. Lu Barrie from Cheadle and Marple College came along to present them all with their certificates. It is a part of his job that he very much enjoys!

The college is very proud of this course as it has such positive impact on the lives of the interns. It is so instrumental in helping them make that leap from education to employment. This celebration is always one of the highlights of my year!

Lu Barrie - Head of Faculty For Foundation and Future Learning.

So many people have given us marvellous support on this programme and we thank them all.

Other interns are awaiting results of interviews and pursuing other opportunities. The journey continues and we wish them all the very best.

With a lovely buffet waiting, Caroline rounded off the  presentation with the following warm message.

I hope you all leave feeling inspired, filled with achievement and pride. Well done internship of 2019

We couldn’t agree more.

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