14 Sep

Well, we have had a busy week here at Future Finders Employability College with lots of positive employer meetings taking place to enable the students to start and settle into their placements. Our young adults have spent time learning, growing, developing and striving to be the best that they can be within a work place environment and are making great first impressions with their line managers!

The students have been to see a variety of local employers this week including Tesco, Beefeater, Premier Inn and Oldham library. Here are some comments from the students about their visits:

Chloe – ‘I loved it, I’m looking forward to travelling there and getting my uniform.’

Brittany – ‘I liked chatting about the placement, I’m looking forward to serving customers and talking to people.’

Tara – ‘It was fantastic, they’ve got friendly staff there.’

This week has seen one of our Future Finders students Tony securing a working trial at the Casey Lewis Group working with support from our Job Coaches and company staff. You may remember Tony from my blogs last year, he also had a Summer job over at David Lloyd gym! Tony will take on the role of a Banksman – this job will consist of Tony directing the operation of large vehicles on a local building site from the points where loads are attached and unattached. Good luck Tony, we all have our fingers crossed the trial is a successful one!!

Tara and Sufyaan have started their work placements at Premier Inn Central this week, so it’s over to them for their ‘Day in the life of…’

A day in the of Sufyaan & Tara 
Premier Inn – Oldham Central

We arrive at Premier Inn (Oldham Central) after travelling with our Job Coach and greet everyone ‘Good Morning’

We speak to Lynsey, the Head Housekeeper, to find out what jobs we need to do that shift. This has been our first week at Premier Inn and we have only been doing mornings, so they have been giving us mini tasks to do in preparation for starting full time next week.

We were introduced to the staff and we have had a tour of the building. Lynsey explained to us what happens on a daily basis and that we have to meet the standards that are set by Premier Inn.

As the Summer is over, we have to start by putting away the equipment that has been used in the rooms to keep everyone cool, so we started by collecting the fans..

We needed to pull them apart and get rid of all the dust, placing them in covers ready for when they are next used.

Today there was a laundry delivery – the clean laundry gets delivered in big blue crates which need to be emptied before distributing the delivery to the different laundry rooms in the hotel.. 

We worked with the staff putting the laundry away in the laundry rooms around the building..

We were also asked to keep the public areas clean and tidy for all the guests..

Well, it has been a busy but exciting week at Premier Inn and we are looking forward to learning more things next week.….
We are really enjoying our time here at Premier Inn and the staff are lovely! See you all back at Medtia!!!!!!

Tara and Sufyaan also received this week’s ‘Worker of the Week’ award for their hard work! Well done guys.

All of the Future Finders students are keen to start placements now – the majority will be starting next week and are in the process of completing relevant training and inductions, while a few have started work already.

Here are some pictures of Colette working in the Atrium café, she is loving being there getting to know all of the staff. Colette has made a great start and is working really hard – The Atrium staff are very impressed!

Helal has been working in ‘Bargains for Less’ in Oldham town centre. He’s been stacking the shelves and replenishing stock and he is really enjoying it..

This afternoon I was invited to join a number of senior colleagues to meet with Andrew Gwynne, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities. I was given the opportunity to talk about our Employability programme across the Trust and to celebrate what we do best here at New Bridge – enable young people to achieve their aspirations and potential in adulthood. Andrew was extremely impressed by our innovative provision and I hope to invite him to Medtia Square in the not too distant future..

Have a fantastic weekend,

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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