RWT hosts its 3rd Prince's Trust
‘Get into Hospital Services’ programme - plus a new initiative, partnered with a local charity, Enable.
10th October 2019
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) offers many different opportunities to assist unemployed people into paid work or further education through meaningful hands-on Work Experience.
As part of Work Experience Month 2019, this year RWT is hosting its third Prince's Trust ‘Get into Hospital Services’ programme. It will hold a Prince’s Trust Taster Day on the 17th October for candidates who are unemployed, looking for hands-on experience within a healthcare role and aged between 18 and 30.
This Taster Day will be followed by an extensive 4-week programme which will give participants the opportunity to discover and explore working life in the NHS on a really wide-ranging basis, i.e. across the Trust’s New Cross, West Park and Cannock Chase Hospital sites!
Participants will receive bespoke training on the systems and procedures used in the Trust but, most importantly, they'll finish the programme having gained a First Aid qualification which is valid for three years and invaluable hands-on experience in both admin. and healthcare roles. 80% of its most recent Healthcare Assistant Group were offered an immediate contract with the temporary staffing bank.
RWT has further Prince’s Trust programmes planned for November 2019 and February 2020 and will continue to deliver them on a regular basis, as they are hugely successful. Over the last two years, 14 cohorts have successfully completed the programme at RWT, with 41% of the participants achieving a positive outcome - either by gaining a job with RWT, another employer or starting a training programme.
When asked to rate the usefulness of the Work Experience, one participant replied “Very useful. I can use the skills I have learnt in future jobs as I want to go into the healthcare field. I was taught skills that money cannot buy. I rate this experience 10/10”.
RWT has also recently started a Work Experience project in partnership with the local charity, Enable. Enable is a supported employment service that assists people with disabilities into work.
The programme offers two-week hands-on Work Experience designed to help participants to gain a contract with the RWT temporary staffing bank and to be offered a route into paid employment. The Trust has already seen one participant begin work in the hospital’s distribution centre and two others are shortly due to begin their placements in the catering department.
The Trust’s involvement with Enable also found a Data Entry position for one of its learners, Adam. He was initially on a two-week work placement and, not only did he really enjoy it, he was offered a part-time job in November 2018 as a result. He was then offered another part-time position in the Trust in May 2019 as a Quality Controller and now, with both jobs, works full-time hours.
Adam’s support officer said: “To move into a full-time paid job with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is a truly significant outcome for Adam - his employment with the trust is more than a job. He has gained a new family and friends who support and mentor him to develop skills to the extent that he is now regarded as an asset to the team”
On getting a job with RWT, Adam said: “It has been a very positive experience for me. I am learning a lot and am more confident about working in a team which has become an important part of my life.”
Adam’s Team Leader has also been impressed with his skills and said: “Adam has picked up every task given to him. He has listened to instructions and acted on feedback. He is very determined to finish tasks before looking to start new ones, which is great for us to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner. Adam’s confidence has grown since being here. He now asks questions when he is unsure. Adam’s problem-solving skills and methodical approach has helped with the tasks he has been asked to complete.”
For further information please contact The Work Experience Team at RWT:
To find out more about these programmes, please visit the following websites: