SEVEN trainees will spend the next academic year gaining new skills at Dewsbury Hospital.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has partnered with Kirklees Council and other local agencies to launch the first Project SEARCH programme in Dewsbury – aiming to give young adults with learning difficulties access to work experience.
Project SEARCH is an international training programme that runs for 30 weeks and combines work with employability and independent living training, as well as help in formulating a CV.
The trainees at Dewsbury Hospital will be matched to placements in terms of skills, abilities and interests.
They’ll be supported by mentors who will work alongside them until they can perform tasks independently.
The goal for each pupil is competitive employment at the hospital or elsewhere in the community, using the skills they’ve acquired.
Gordon Smith, head of diversity and inclusion at Mid Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to have been invited to host Project SEARCH at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
“This project builds on the success of the scheme at Pinderfields and we very much look forward to working with our partners to develop the programme in the future and offer many more supported learning students in the Kirklees District the chance to develop life skills and gain the confidence to successfully enter the world of work.”
Coun Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “I was very impressed and inspired by the youngsters I met.
“Each one was unique and had their own ambition in what they wanted to do. I was amazed at the way they wanted to contribute to society.”
Coun Pandor is pictured with six of the new interns, plus representatives from the Diversity and Inclusion team and the Trust chairman Keith Ramsay (4th from right).