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Celebrating success of the Get Into Hospital Services programme

16 December 2011
A special celebration event took place last month to celebrate the young people who have successfully completed the Prince's Trust Get into Hospital Services programme.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley presented certificates to the group who have completed two weeks' training and a further two weeks of work placements at CUH.

Get Into Hospital Services is a Prince's Trust initiative designed to provide work-ready young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to gain work experience, training and qualifications in the hospital services sector, with a view to helping them find full-time employment.

This is the third cohort to come through the Trust. In total 32 young people have completed the programme at CUH with 80% of those going on to find employment either at the Trust or externally.

The work placements gave the young people a real insight and valuable experience in a wide range of hospital departments such as domestic services, cytology and transplant services.

Mr Lansley said: "Meeting these young people has been an absolute pleasure and I hope their successes of moving into jobs inspire thousands of other young people to do something positive in their lives.

"Too many young people are facing unemployment and can't see a way out. The Prince's Trust Get into courses are proven to develop young people's skills in a specific sector and support them into jobs and training."

CUH director of estates and facilities management, Carin Charlton, spoke at the celebration event and congratulated those involved on their success.

She said: "We are very committed to providing employment, education and careers development and are delighted to be able to offer these young people the opportunity to gain work experience. It is wonderful that so many have gone on to gain full time employment since our partnership with The Prince's Trust began and CUH is proud to have played a role in this success."

Briony Barnes took part in the programme and has now started working as a helpdesk administrator. She says: I decided to take part in the scheme as I saw it as a great opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications and have up to date work experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Carillion. I was very well supported by everyone and this led to me applying for the role of Helpdesk Administrator. I am overjoyed that I now have a permanent job. I was very pessimistic about getting a job before the course and getting the job has given me a massive confidence boost. I really enjoyed the celebration event and it was nice to see everyone from the course again and find out what they are doing now."

Another success story is Sally Bennett who has secured a role as a specimen courier after being recruited to the scheme by Job Centre Plus. She says: "The work experience was good and I'm very pleased to have this job and am enjoying it."

Graham Ball, The Prince's Trust East of England regional director said: "We recognise that young people need support and guidance to help them into work at a time when many people are out of employment. Programmes like the Get into Hospital Services give participants confidence and motivation to help them get into work at this tough time. Last year more than three in four young people helped by The Prince's Trust moved into work, training or education."