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Monday 21 June 2021
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Work Academy Programme students May 2017
From left to right: Sally Ogden (Salford City College - SCC), Rachel Gandy (SCC), Allison Reader (Salford Royal), Lauriane Itela, Debra Dunsmore, Michelle Ball, Natasha Mendez (all students), Pauline Cooper and Karen Kenny (both SCC)

Students celebrate academy success

Nine students recently celebrated completing Salford Royal’s sector skills-based work academy programme, and have all received conditional offers of employment as Care Support Workers at the Trust.

Together with their colleagues, senior Salford Royal staff, Job Centre Plus and Health Education England representatives and staff from Salford City College and their friends and family, they reflected on their experiences in the programme and celebrated their successes. 

Nine students who joined the programme in December completed four weeks of classroom based learning and a 10 week ward based placement working two 12 hour shifts each week in a trainee clinical support worker role. 

During the celebration the students spoke about their experiences on the programme as well as speeches from staff involved in the programme. John Spindler, CEO and Principal of Salford City College, presented them with their certificates.  Afterwards there was an opportunity for everyone to mingle whilst enjoying afternoon tea.

Speaking about the students’ success, Claire Fretwell, Associate Director of Learning & Development at Salford Royal, said: “The students should be so proud of everything they’ve achieved, they’ve all truly gone above and beyond what was expected. Their enthusiasm, commitment, hard work and focus to learn has paid off and they’ve quickly become a valuable member of the ward team. 

“It was wonderful to look back and celebrate the last few months as well as hear more about their journey. We are grateful to everyone involved in the success of the programme and we wish the students every success in their future careers here at Salford Royal.” 

The sector based work academy programme is delivered through a partnership, with Jobcentre Plus and Salford City College, and funded by the Skills Funding Agency. It aims to help those ready for work and receiving benefits to secure employment whilst also helping the Trust to meet immediate and future recruitment needs by creating a skilled workforce who align with the Trust values.

The Trust is planning for the next cohort in September 2017.