Jobs & Moving Speeches: MFT Internship Celebrates

Posted on the 2nd July 2019

It has been a fantastic year of growth, learning and success for the interns on our Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT) Supported Internship. They’ve all gained heaps of confidence and new skills that will follow them into working and everyday life. Dreams have also come true with six of the interns securing paid jobs.

At their celebration event the interns addressed a room crowded with managers, colleagues and family members, telling them all about their placements and achievements. A brave task to undertake!

Interns, Pure Job Coaches and Senior Employment Officer and The Manchester College Tutor celebrate the completion of MFT Supported Internship

Achievements Included:

  • Pheobe earned a paid job in Housekeeping at a nearby nursing home
  • Alex’s experience from his placements in catering lead him to a paid job at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys as a Kitchen Assistant
  • Lewis has paid work at Toast – a café / restaurant
  • Kris has a paid job at Wetherspoons as a cleaner
  • Amy is working for NHS Hathersage Centre as an Administrator
  • Jay works at Sodexo as a porter after earning a paid job

In addition, other interns are undertaking working interviews. voluntary roles and exploring other opportunities.

Lewis an intern on the MFT Supported Internship presents his achievements of the year

Lewis confidently presents his internship experience and has since earned a paid job at Toast.

Spotlight on Helaina: Overcoming Barriers

Helaina shone as she went above and beyond when overcoming her barriers this year. She decided independently to present to the room despite the obstacles with her communication skills that she has faced. This was an emotional highlight of the event.

Helaina is now taking on a voluntary role at the Children’s Hospital Play Services. She is planning to do three hours a day for two or three days per week. Her colleagues on her placement have certainly been impressed with her skills. Head of Play Services Susan Fairclough said how impressed she was with Helaina and what a great help she was to the young patients and visitors.

Intern Helaina with Pure Innovations Job Coach and employer from NHS at the MFT Supported Internship celebration event

Helaina (middle) with her trusty Pure Job Coach Emma (left) and Susan Fairclough (right)

Cath Stone, Helaina’s Mum came to share her experience of the Supported Internship and she couldn’t have been more full of praise for the programme.

The Supported Internship is the most amazing experience Helaina has had in 25 years! Through the course Helaina has achieved independence. She can stand up and talk in front of people and has overcome so many barriers that she has faced. If people can't understand what she is saying she will find another way to communicate and doesn't let anything faze her.

Cath Stone - Helaina's Mum
MFT Supported Internship intern helaina with job coach employer,colleagues and mum at the end of year celebration

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Adam Woof – Operations Manager of Hospitality Services for Manchester University spoke about his first year of working with the Supported Internship. He provided placements for intern Alex and these led to a paid role in catering!

It has been such a learning curve. For us as a team we've never been involved in this before. I would encourage as many employers as possible to get involved in the programme.

Adam Woof
Intern Alex with employer and dad at the MFT Supported Internship Celebration Event

Alex (left) smiles proudly with his Dad Phil (right) and Adam Woof

Certificates

Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for. The interns were each awarded a certificate for successfully completing the Supported Internship course. The certificates were presented by Hilary Whyatt – Employability Programme Manager for the Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

What a fantastic year for the MFT Supported Internship. Thank you all our partners – The Manchester College, the employers and our Job Coaches, as well as Senior Employment Officer Eva Wan.

Last, but certainly not least, congratulations to all the interns! You can really see your hard work has paid off through increased confidence, independence and work skills.

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