Nine interns graduate from hospital project
NINE interns have graduated from a project which aims to create employment opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.
Following nine months of intensive work-based training, gaining Diplomas in Progression, the interns have completed Project Search in Derriford Hospital, on honorary contracts whilst developing and learning new work skills.
Joe Teape, Deputy Chief Executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, presented the certificates at a ceremony in the Derriford Health and Leisure Centre.
Joe said: "I was absolutely privileged to be involved in the graduation and I was left feeling totally inspired by the cohort for their dedication, work ethic and attitude."
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Project Search is a partnership between Derriford Hospital Plymouth, Pluss, City College Plymouth and Serco who work together to create employment opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.
The interns have been able to choose from over 50 possible work placements working in a variety of roles within Derriford Hospital, including porter, catering, cleaning, maintaining medical equipment and administration.
The aim of the project is for the interns to gain paid employment and seven of last year's eight interns are now in mainstream paid employment.
Three of the nine interns graduating this year have already gained paid employment with another receiving an offer of employment while the remaining five are actively job searching.
Nathan Stocker, one of the interns to gain paid work, said: "It's been a hard year but worth it in the end. I found out a lot about myself and what my skills are. My confidence shot up."
Nathan's hard work and commitment resulted in him gaining a job as a Refuse Porter working for Serco within Derriford Hospital. Nathan added: "It's fantastic, Project Search has helped me to reach my goal. It's what I have been working towards for the last four years. Finally I have got a paid job."