Paid jobs, supported apprenticeships, volunteer roles and friends for life: these are typical of the success that students from Pure Innovations can enjoy following their programme of Stockport Supported Internships!
The Pure interns shone from the outset, even forming a welcoming committee to guide guests to the venue entrance at Pure’s host employer site, Stepping Hill Hospital.
Interns Damien and Nathan demonstrated their new found confidence by even co-presenting the event alongside Pure Senior Employment Officer Caroline Morgan.
Film and Fun
A film made by Cheadle and Marple College tutor Jen Beresford gave a fun and informative peek at life out on placements including canteen work, portering and more.
Many interns demonstrated their new self assurance, taking to the lectern to make their own speeches. Alex, who had a grounds maintenance placement told us about his course highlight: driving the ride-on mower!
Jobs and Apprenticeships
Stephen (below) is one of several interns whose work placement transformed into a job. He is now a paid member of the Stepping Hill hospital portering team.
Damien and Thomas have also secured paid jobs – both with Life Leisure, another fabulous supportive employer. Damien has a cleaning role and Thomas an admin role at Head Office.
Jordan is moving on to a Supported Apprenticeship focussed on catering. His mentor Chef Stephen Mortimer knows this is a great move. He first got into catering back in 1977 – also on an apprenticeship which he describes as “the best training of my life.”
Hospital managers were also very impressed with Nathan and he will be starting an NHS Supported Apprenticeship in IT
Kind Hearts and Confidence
A theme that ran through so many of the interns’ speeches was the new confidence they feel. They thanked not only staff and mentors but each other for providing support when needed and for being good friends.
There was a lot of regret that the internship year was over but several interns including Carl (below) are not letting that keep them away. They have registered as volunteers at the hospital as they want to give something back to the Trust!
Our Partners and Very Supportive Friends
Caroline Morgan also gave special mention to Lee, brother of intern Carl, for the fabulous support he has given to the programme. This has included providing the internship with a coffee machine, cash to provide all the interns with a treat and the fabulous celebration cake you see in the gallery above. Thank you Lee!
All the interns have also successfully completed their Level 1 qualification in Work Skills. Lu Barrie from Cheadle and Marple College came along to present them all with their certificates. It is a part of his job that he very much enjoys!
The college is very proud of this course as it has such positive impact on the lives of the interns. It is so instrumental in helping them make that leap from education to employment. This celebration is always one of the highlights of my year!Lu Barrie – Head of Faculty For Foundation and Future Learning.
So many people have given us marvellous support on this programme and we thank them all.
Other interns are awaiting results of interviews and pursuing other opportunities. The journey continues and we wish them all the very best.
“I hope you all leave feeling inspired, filled with achievement and pride. Well done internship of 2019”