Airport and Wythenshawe Hospital Interns Celebrate!

Posted on the 8th July 2020

Our Manchester Airport and Wythenshawe Hospital interns donned fancy dress to mark their achievements in a lively online celebration.

This has been a challenging year and yet so many benefits have been reaped.  Jobs have been secured, friendships forged, experience garnered and fond memories made. What more excuse is needed to dress as a pirate? Exactly!

Variety of Work Placements

The supported interns had been working at a wide range of sites within Manchester Airport and Wythenshawe Hospital. Their job roles included trolley handler,  retail assistant,  porter, laundry assistant, admin assistant and more. Both sites offer such a broad diversity of placements.

Several interns secured jobs early in the year.  They include Megan whose hard work landed her a paid role with the Manchester Airport Community Relations team.

Megan at desk with heading My Summary of the Year and a quote

Another intern landed himself a paid job with facilities management company Mitie . He will be based at the airport’s railway station.

Others with job successes include Nathan (below) who  started paid work with Sodexo at Altrincham Grammar School in December.

Wythenshawe Supported Intern, male, in a Sodexo cap

Together But Apart: Online Learning

There is no denying that the Covid-19 lockdown caused significant disruption everywhere. However the Internship certainly didn’t grind to a halt.

Pure staff and our brilliant partners at The Manchester College launched online classroom sessions. Everyone had to become a lot more tech-savvy in the process! The teams also kept in regular phone contact with the interns, something that was much appreciated  This is well illustrated in the following lovely message from Megan’s parents.

Megan has grown in confidence over the past few months and that has only happened through the internship program and the dedication of the team involved who helped Megan get a place.

Even through these uncertain times the team have kept in contact with Megan daily and holding weekly meetings to keep everyone involved.
The work you all do is amazing and we will be forever grateful to each and every member of the team for everything you have done.

Megan's words to me a few weeks ago were "I will never leave my job. It has taken me such long time to find something. I will treasure it forever."

Thank you to Tina and her team for welcoming Megan into the office and making her feel safe and confident.

I would recommend the internship to any parent. We feel so lucky she got accepted for a place.

Vanessa and Carl Hampson (Very proud parents of Megan.)

Our thanks for such lovely comments.

Fancy Dress

The Supported Internship end-of year celebrations have, of necessity, been scaled back this summer.  Instead the teams combined in an online gathering, inviting everyone to throw open the dressing up box!

screenshot of online meeting with attendees dressed as Cheryl Cole, Boris Johnson, a pirate and Sloth from Goonies

Is that the real Cheryl Cole, top left? Nice of Mr B. Johnson to drop by too along with A.N. Pirate and  Sloth from Goonies!

The meeting was an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the things they’ve enjoyed most about the internships and to summarise their experience. Here are a more slides from a great presentation compiled by job coaches Donna and Lizzie.

Congratulations

Preparations are already underway for September’s  new internship intake. Of course we will still be here with ongoing support for the 2019-20 group. The ever-supportive Pure teams include Sarah Osborne, Lisa Griffiths, Lisa Crank and Rebecca Rimmer.

We congratulate all the interns on completing the programme in this difficult year and send them our very best wishes for the future.

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