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Friday 16 November 2018
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Sector Based Work Academy programme event June 2018
Salford Care Organisation and Salford City College staff celebrated with learners on the third cohort of the Sector Based Work Academy

Success for local residents on Salford’s healthcare employability programme

Salford residents on a work placement programme run by Salford Care Organisation, Salford City College and Jobcentre Plus, have celebrated success at a special event.


The Sector Based Work Academy is funded by the Skills Funding Agency. The programme includes four weeks of study at Salford City College, followed by 10 weeks of two 12-hour shifts as a clinical support worker (CSW) at Salford Care Organisation, based on a hospital ward. Participants remain on benefits through the programme and Jobcentre Plus assist with travel and childcare costs while they are on the work experience placement.


The programme helps people who are ready for work, and receiving benefits, to secure employment. It is also a way for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group – which includes Salford Royal hospital - to grow its own skilled workforce, and to meet immediate and future recruitment needs. Efforts are focused on training and providing CSWs, who support nursing staff on hospital wards and in community care settings.


The celebration event was the third cohort of the Sector Based Work Academy programme in Salford. The first programme - in which 100% of students gained paid employment at the Trust - won national recognition from Health Education England in the National Widening Participation Awards. The second programme also saw all learners gaining employment with the Trust. Of the third group of students, more than three quarters have moved into paid employment, with half of those securing CSW posts at Salford Royal.


One of the group of learners was Emma Wagstaff, who undertook a placement on Ward B1 and has gone on to gain employment on the same ward. Emma talked about her experiences of the programme and said: “When I heard about the programme I knew this was my chance to shine. I was determined, worked hard and did my research at College. When it came to my ward placement I started to have doubts, but had the best first day possible with a brilliant mentor, Jo, who taught me everything. Later, when I found out that I had secured a job on B1, I was so happy. I want to thank everyone involved for giving me this amazing opportunity. Your help brought back my confidence.”


Claire Fretwell, Associate Director of Learning and Development for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (which includes Salford Care Organisation), said: “The employment success rate of this group is once again far beyond the target and expectations I set. This is a testament to the careful selection process, the hard work of the college tutors and support officers, the ward staff, and of course the students themselves. Their enthusiasm, commitment, hard work and focus has helped them to become valuable members of the ward teams.”


The fourth group of learners will be recruited in August.

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Emma Wagstaff Sector Based Work Academy learner
Emma accepts her certificate on successful completion of the programme
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Wayne Wilson Sector Based Work Academy learner
Wayne Wilson completed the programme and has been employed at Salford Royal
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Talent Gold Gabriel-Oluwatobi Sector Based Work Academy learner
Talent worked on the Pendleton Suite for her placement, and has now been employed on ward L1