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Tuesday 21 November 2017
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Salford Royal’s work experience programmes rewarded

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has received national accreditation for the quality of work experience it offers.


Fair Train, Group Training Association (GTA) for the voluntary and community sector, conferred the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation and awarded silver status to the Trust in August.


The Work Experience Quality Standard is a national accreditation which recognises those organisations offering high quality work experience opportunities to their learners, and managing risk effectively. It also acts as a framework for development to help organisations to plan, run and evaluate high quality work experience programmes.


Salford Royal works with partners to offer a range of work experience schemes including being the first Greater Manchester NHS trust to run a ‘Get Into the NHS’ programme with the Prince’s Trust for local people aged 16-25; running a sector skills-based work academy with Salford City College; and hosting learners supported through Pure Innovations who promote independent lifestyles for people with learning disabilities. In addition, every six weeks students from local schools are invited to visit the Trust and undertake supervised healthcare simulation activities and learn about a range of NHS careers.


Attaining Fair Train’s silver status demonstrates that, among other opportunities, Salford Royal gives work experience learners the chance to develop transferable skills (such as health and safety training, food hygiene, numeracy and literacy skills); provides guidance on CV writing; carries out regular one-to-one reviews with the learners, supports opportunities for learners to gain paid employment; gives feedback on job vacancies at the Trust and helps learners apply for suitable roles.


Claire Fretwell, Associate Director of Learning and Development for Salford Royal says: “We’re proud to run a range of different work experience programmes for people in Salford. The support we offer is important; every person who undertakes work experience at Salford Royal has their own individual learning plan and a buddy or mentor for one-to-one support. We’re hosting two more cohorts each for the Prince’s Trust and Salford City College schemes this year, and have plans to develop further programmes to introduce even more people to the wide range of careers the NHS can offer.”