Former Intern Trains Another at Wythenshawe Hospital

Posted on the 6th August 2020

Supported Intern Mark is now in a paid role with Sodexo and is being trained by Lydia – a supported intern from last year!

That was the lovely surprise that greeted Pure Employment Officer Rebecca Rimmer when she called to see how Mark was getting on. Here’s the story.

Mark’s Paid Role

Both Mark and Lydia were interns on the Pure Supported Internship based at Wythenshawe Hospital but in different years. This summer Rebecca and Employment Officer Lisa Crank could see Mark was ready for paid work so they contacted progressive employer Sodexo.

Sodexo provides facilities management services. It has been very supportive of our internship programme offering work placements and paid jobs to interns. Lisa and Rebecca knew that Mark could be another success. They put his name forward for a vacancy in a domestic services role within Wythenshawe Hospital.

Clearly happy with previous successes, the company was happy to hire Mark on a paid trial basis.

Mark has been doing so well ever since starting in early July. He has demonstrated that he is a good learner – but then as Rebecca discovered, he had a great teacher!

Passing On Skills

Rebecca had arranged to meet Mark and was delighted to find he was being trained by Lydia. Lydia secured her paid job with Sodexo through the Supported Internship last year.

I was amazed to see how professional and supportive Lydia was as a trainer and I congratulated her on her achievements. Lydia looked so proud of herself and really enjoyed this opportunity. It makes perfect sense when one intern trains another. After all they have experienced the same process so Lydia can really appreciate Mark's journey.

Rebecca Rimmer - Employment Officer, Pure Innovations
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Lydia on placement at Wythenshawe Hospital last year.

Lydia showed Mark how to efficiently complete all the tasks including mopping, sweeping and sanitising surfaces. She has given such great supportive advice that Mark can now work independently. He is loving his new paid role and hopes that next year he could be training others too.

Sean is Lydia’s Supervisor at Sodexo and he has seen her come on in leaps and bounds over the year.

Our Partners

This Supported Internship is a partnership between The Manchester College, Pure Innovations and host employer Wythenshawe Hospital. This has been our second year here and it’s been a pleasure to work with such wonderful people and organisations.


The fact that one former intern trains another demonstrates that with the right support and motivation young people are capable of so much.

Thank you Sodexo for being such a supportive employer.

Congratulations Mark and Lydia for all you have achieved this year. We wish you all the best for the future!

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